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Carolina Panthers trade QB Teddy Bridgewater to Denver Broncos for sixth-round pick

The Carolina Panthers traded Teddy Bridgewater to the Denver Broncos on Wednesday in a quarterback exchange between two teams drafting in the top 10 of this weekend’s NFL Draft.

The Broncos gave the Panthers a sixth-round pick (No. 191) to acquire Bridgewater, 28, who gives them some veteran insurance as they seek to upgrade from 2020 starter Drew Lock.

The Panthers and Broncos both are still candidates to draft QBs in Thursday’s first round, when Carolina and Denver are slated to pick back-to-back at Nos. 8 and 9 overall.

Carolina is less likely to take a passer, though, after dealing three picks away to the Jets for Sam Darnold.

The Broncos are still in play for a QB, on the other hand. They may just plan to stay at No. 9 to land him. Dealing for Bridgewater also could mean the Broncos view the price to trade up for a QB as too high and aren’t confident their preferred QBs will be available.

Broncos GM George Paton was Minnesota’s assistant GM when the Vikings drafted Bridgewater in the 2014 first round out of Louisville. So this trade had seemed inevitable for a while.

“Acquiring Teddy Bridgewater adds competition, experience and a strong veteran presence to our quarterback room,” Paton said Wednesday. “He’s a talented player and leader who’s had success in this league in a number of different situations. Being familiar with Teddy from Minnesota, he’s going to compete and do everything he can to help us win.”

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will not play for the Carolina Panthers next season.

The Panthers are paying Bridgewater $7 million of his $10 million guaranteed 2021 salary to complete the deal, putting Denver on the hook for only $3 million this season.

Carolina was one of the teams in hot pursuit of Texans QB Deshaun Watson before Watson’s legal problems scared all teams away until the resolution of the sexual assault and harassment allegations against him.

Every draft pick the Panthers acquire could be with an eye on pursuing Watson if and when his situation is clarified, whether it’s this year or in 2022.

Source (Ny Daily news)

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