- The Carolina Panthers traded for Jets QB Sam Darnold.
- Darnold is widely seen as a potential replacement for Carolina Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater.
- However, Bridgewater is still likely to remain with the team, with +150 odds to do so.
LAS VEGAS - The Carolina Panthers traded three picks in order to acquire QB Sam Darnold of the New York Jets. This acquisition, and the hype around the still-young Darnold (he’s 23!), has cast a pall over the potential future of Carolina’s current QB, Teddy Bridgewater.
Bridgewater was a perfectly serviceable QB in 2021, throwing for 3733 yards, 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
The Darnold move has been reported by some media outlets as a harbinger of the end for Bridgewater’s time in Carolina.
Panthers General Manager Scott Fitterer offered effusive praise of Darnold and his potential fit with Carolina offensive coordinator Joe Brady.
“I don’t want to say Teddy couldn’t do something. I just like focusing on the positives that Sam has,” said Fitterer. “I really liked (Darnold’s) ability to move in the pocket and really get the ball downfield and take those shots. I do think Teddy is a very valuable player, and I think he’s a starting quarterback, but I just I really like the fit for Sam with Joe Brady and this offense.”
However, despite the questions that such a statement from Fitterer raises, the Carolina Panthers are actually the favorites to keep Bridgewater.
Where Will Teddy Bridgewater Play For Game 1 Of The 2021 Regular Season?
- Carolina Panthers +150
- Denver Broncos +325
- Houston Texans +450
- Pittsburgh Steelers +600
- Chicago Bears +800
- Las Vegas Raiders +800
- Atlanta Falcons +800
- Miami Dolphins +800
The Panthers lead the pack in terms of where Bridgewater will play in the 2021 season, with +150 odds to retain the QB.
This could be an indication of a QB competition for the Panthers between the two, as the online sportsbooks still believe Bridgewater is likely to stay put.
The Denver Broncos, currently helmed by Drew Lock, are another potential destination at +325 odds.
The Houston Texans, with DeShaun Watson accused of sexual assault by 22 different women, could also be in the market for a new QB.
After the Texans, the odds get a bit more far-fetched. The Steelers seem committed to Big Ben for at least one more run, the Bears are apparently happy with Andy Dalton, the Raiders still have Derk Carr under contract, the Falcons have Matt Ryan, and the Dolphins have a draft pick and Tua Tagovailoa for their QB position.
The future is certainly in doubt for Bridgewater at Carolina, but that doesn’t mean he has no future there.
Still, the online sportsbooks aren’t infallible, and NFL bettors will need to keep that in mind when wagering on this NFL prop bet.