The former Minnesota Vikings quarterback is a free agent this offseason and for the first time since his knee injury in 2016, he could be given a chance to be a starter.
Bridgewater almost lost his leg during the incident and his career in the NFL was immediately put in jeopardy at the age of 24. If he was forced into early retirement because of the injury, most would have understood why.
But retirement was never an option to Bridgewater after injuring his knee. The young quarterback worked extremely hard to rehab his injury and he eventually made his way back onto the field for a brief appearance with the Vikings in 2017.
Since then, Bridgewater had a short stint with the New York Jets before landing with the New Orleans Saints. He was with the Saints for the past two seasons and this year, he will be hitting the free-agent market.
Thanks to leading New Orleans to a 5-0 record while filling in for Drew Brees last season, some believe Bridgewater could be offered a starting job by someone in the NFL for 2020.
Given his current age (27) and his lack of recent wear and tear, the former Vikings quarterback could be a legitimate starting option for a team next season. So who are some of the teams that could be interested in signing Bridgewater this year?
It’s not a secret that the Bears are interested in exploring other quarterback options this offseason. Thanks to Mitchell Trubisky unsurprisingly failing to live up to his expectations, Chicago is now in a position that is all too familiar to the franchise.
It wouldn’t be too surprising if the Bears attempted to land Bridgewater this year. He has experience in playing in the NFC North from his time with the Vikings and his upside is still much higher than Trubisky’s.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
After the unpredictable tenure they’ve had with Jameis Winston as their starting quarterback, the Bucs might be looking to try someone else out under center in 2020. Specifically, someone who isn’t going to throw 30 interceptions in a single season.
Bridgewater hasn’t even thrown 30 interceptions in his entire NFL career, so he would already be an upgrade over Winston for Tampa Bay.
Los Angeles Chargers
After spending his entire career with the Chargers, Philip Rivers is a free agent this year and he’s not expected to return to the franchise.
If Los Angeles is looking for someone with experience who still has the potential to be a franchise signal-caller, then Bridgewater could be someone they bring in. He’s a proven winner (22-12 record as a starter) and the Chargers need someone who can lead them to the playoffs more often than the one time they’ve qualified since 2014.
New England Patriots
Tom Brady is a free agent this offseason in case there is anyone who somehow does not know this. His return to the Patriots is still up in the air and it’s very possible that he’s already played his last game for the successful franchise.
If New England is hoping to remain competitive without Brady under center, then signing Bridgewater could be a possibility for them.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick isn’t going to be looking for someone to come in a duplicate everything Brady did for the team during his tenure (that would be impossible to find anyways). Belichick will likely just want to sign a quarterback who can allow New England to continue their consistency as a winning franchise and Bridgewater is someone who has the capability to do this.