According to multiple reports, the Panthers informed Bridgewater he can seek a trade following the acquisition of Darnold, the No. 3 pick in the 2018 draft, from the New York Jets on Monday.
A former first-round pick on his third NFL team, Bridgewater signed in free agency with Carolina last March and started 15 games for the Panthers. The team went 4-11 in those games and holds the eighth overall pick in the 2021 draft.
Bridgewater’s $23 million cap hit for the 2021 season and his pedestrian production could make a trade challenging.
Few teams who aren’t in position to draft a quarterback in the first round this season are unsettled at quarterback, but the Denver Broncos and New York Giants are thought to be considering veteran options.
The 28-year-old has appeared in 59 games since he entered the NFL out of Louisville in 2014.
The Panthers traded a package of draft picks for Darnold, who has two years, $23.6 million remaining on his rookie deal.
Previously a starter for the Minnesota Vikings and the primary backup to Drew Brees in New Orleans, Bridgewater replaced Cam Newton — who was released to avoid a cap hit over $20 million last spring — in head coach Matt Rhule’s first season with the team.
Bridgewater had 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 2021.
–Field Level Media