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Quarterback Carousel Update

The Panthers are finalizing a contract with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, Tom Brady is out of New England.

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Quarterback Carousel Update

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Here’s your daily free agent Quarterback update:

Teddy Bridgewater is finalizing a contract with Carolina

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Panthers are finalizing a contract with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to be their starter, per sources informed of the deal. The deal is expected to come in around $20 million per year, Rapoport added.

This signing makes a lot of sense considering that the Panthers replaced their head coach and offensive coordinator this offseason. Bridgewater was likely salivating after he saw what Offensive Coordinator Joe Brady did with Joe Burrow at LSU.

This is kind of crazy, however, due to the fact Bridgewater’s name was linked to almost every team yesterday:

At first, the Bears were talking to him and I got really excited. He was the talk of Chicago Sports Radio for hours and so many Bears fans (including myself) were super excited over this.

All of a sudden it was reported that the Bears no longer were in the conversation and Bridgewater’s camp was using the team to up his price tag. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the next team linked to his services:

“I am hearing Tampa Bay is hot on Bridgewater,” a general manager told Mike Sando of The Athletic.

This made even more sense because Teddy is from the state of Florida and the Bucs are also likely not bringing back Jameis Winston. There was a huge hold up with Tampa, however, because Tampa Bay offered 30 million to Brady last night.

Bridgewater was also linked to the Chargers and the Patriots.

Moving back to Carolina, however, Bridgewater’s signing today sent ripple affects around the league. Most notably the Panthers are allowing quarterback Cam Newton to seek a trade:

Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet)

Big news: Based on the previous discussions between the #Panthers organization and Cam Newton’s agents, it has been agreed upon to allow Cam and his agency team to seek a trade. Other details to follow.Twitter · 3 hours ago

Cam Newton didn’t take too well to this and wrote in code:

Stop with the word play!! I never asked for it!! THERE IS NO DODGING THIS ONE; I love the Panthers TO DEATH AND WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU GUYS!! PLEASE DO NOT TRY AND PLAY ME, or MANIPULATE THE NARRATIVE AND ACT LIKE I WANTED THIS; you forced me into this!! — 1OVE.”

Cam Newton via his instagram (@cameron1newton)

The Panthers likely have backed themselves into a corner. Why would any team trade for Newton when they recognize that the Panthers eventually will have to cut him? Hello- paging the Bears???

Phillip Rivers to the Indianapolis Colts

In a move that surprised no one, the Colts are finalizing a deal to bring the 38-year old quarterback into the fold.

The Colts were already linked to Phillip as their coach Frank Reich was the offensive coordinator for two seasons with the LA Chargers.

This move makes a lot of sense considering the struggles of last year’s starter Jacoby Brissett. Brissett’s final three games were a disaster- he didn’t throw for over 200 yards nor any touchdown passes. He was one of the main reasons for the team going from an up and coming Super Bowl threat to a 7-8 season.

With the surprising trade for dominant defensive lineman DeForest Buckner, the Colts are now signaling that they are going all-in this season.

Smaller Moves at Quarterback

  • The Las Vegas Raiders agreed to terms with quarterback Marcus Mariota. This move is seen as a similar move to the Titans trading for Ryan Tannehill last season. Unless the Raiders trade Derek Carr, Mariota will either push Carr or replace him by season’s end.
  • Case Keenum agreed to a 3 year 18 million dollar deal to join the Cleveland Browns. Keenum is seen as a mentor to Baker Mayfield at this point. It must be pointed out that Keenum’s quarterback coach with Minnesota in 2017 was new Brown’s coach Kevin Stefanski.

More to come in the upcoming days- especially with the announcement that Tom Brady is not coming back to the Patriots


Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd said Brady has decided to sign with the Buccaneers and will make the announcement Wednesday.

Report: Tom Brady to Sign Bucs Contract After Patriots Exit; Jameis Winston a FA | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights

“I was told 35 minutes ago that Tom Brady signs tomorrow with Tampa Bay. He had made a decision and talked to Tampa Bay yesterday,” Cowherd said. “He was willing to re-sign with New England but he watched Stefon Diggs and DeAndre Hopkins go to other franchises and then called Robert Kraft an hour and a half later and says ‘I’M OUT’… I am told Tampa is the choice and he will sign tomorrow… This is not a ‘football source’, it is a ‘Icon’ source, and somebody in Tom’s stratosphere that knows Tom and who is a famous person. He says Tampa.”

More to follow…

Tim is a grateful believer, husband to Kristin, Father to Isabelle living in Los Angeles as both an actor and Claims adjuster. He was born and grew up eight blocks from Wrigley Field and is a die hard Chicago fan (Especially Bears). He is incredibly grateful to The Turf for giving him a chance to pursue a passion of his.

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