3 Most Likely Replacements for Teddy Bridgewater After 2021 Season
By Max Staley
The Denver Broncos quietly have one of the most talented rosters in football. The skill-position group is stacked. The defense is the third-best scoring unit in football. All that's missing is a blue-chip quarterback to take this team over the top.
Unfortunately, it's probably not Teddy Bridgewater. That's not to say Teddy Two Gloves hasn't been serviceable – he has. But there's a clear ceiling on what this team can do while he's under center. Set to be an unrestricted free agent after the season, it's likely that general manager George Paton will be looking for an upgrade this offseason.
Here are the three most likely replacements for Teddy Bridgewater after the 2021 season.
3. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers
Some fans in Denver would love this move, but it's fair to wonder how much of an upgrade it actually is. Both Jimmy G and Teddy B are good-not-great starters who struggle to stay healthy. Still, we've seen Garoppolo perform at a higher level than Bridgewater ever has, so it's not hard to envision a GM talking himself into adding the 30-year-old. And he's probably going to be the best widely available veteran QB this offseason, as San Francisco will almost certainly be moving on to kickstart the Trey Lance era. This is would be an unexciting but realistic option for Denver.
2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Obviously, this is something of a pipe dream. But there was a lot of smoke linking Aaron Rodgers to the Broncos this offseason. If he starts to stir up trouble in the offseason the way he did this year, the Packers could elect to move on and begin the Jordan Love era. In Denver, Rodgers would get a top-three scoring defense and young weapons like Jerry Jeudy, Javonte Williams, Noah Fant and Courtland Sutton. Notably, his fiancee Shailene Woodley also spends a lot of time in Colorado. Denver just makes sense for Rodgers. It also makes sense for Green Bay, as this would get him out of the NFC. A lot would have to go right for this to happen, as Rodgers could easily decide he wants to remain a Packer longterm. But seeing the nine-time Pro Bowler in Mile High next year can't be ruled out, either.
1. Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh Panthers
If Paton doesn't make a franchise-changing move for a star like Rodgers or Russell Wilson, finding a QB through the draft feels like the most likely outcome. It's not the strongest QB class, but Pittsburgh Panthers signal-caller Kenny Pickett has surged up draft boards this year. He's thrown 42 touchdowns to 7 interceptions while accounting for 4,319 yards through the air and 233 (with 5 TDs) on the ground. He's not the freak athlete fans might want their first-round pick to be, but he's extremely accurate and has a very well-rounded game. Alternatively, the Broncos could target guys like Sam Howell, Malik Willis or Matt Corrall in the Draft. Don't be surprised to see Denver spend its first-round pick on a QB as Paton looks to put his stamp on the franchise.
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