Panthers trade Teddy Bridgewater to Broncos on eve of NFL Draft

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The Sam Darnold trade has landed Teddy Bridgewater in Denver.

Barely three weeks after acquiring Darnold from the Jets, the Carolina Panthers shipped Bridgewater to the Broncos for a sixth-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Panthers announced.

The Panthers will pay $7 million of Bridgewater’s restructured deal, with the Broncos responsible for $3 million, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.

The trade “does not take Denver out of [the] QB market” with the No. 9 overall pick in Thursday night’s first round of the NFL Draft, Schefter added. The Broncos were considered one of the teams most likely to trade up to the top five to grab their quarterback target in the draft.

Denver GM George Paton was the assistant GM of the Vikings when they drafted Bridgewater with the 32nd overall pick in the 2014 draft. Bridgewater threw for 3,733 yards with 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, but the Panthers went just 4-11 in his 15 starts last season.

“Acquiring Teddy Bridgewater adds competition, experience and a strong veteran presence to our quarterback room,” Paton said. “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.”

Drew Lock started 13 games as the Broncos’ quarterback in 2020. Lock tied Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz – who was traded to Indianapolis in March — for the most interceptions in the league last season with 15.

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