Broncos' Teddy Bridgewater on Aaron Rodgers Trade Rumors: 'This Is a Business'

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVMay 24, 2021

Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5), throws during a Denver Broncos OTA at the team's headquarters Monday, May 24, 2021, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
AP Photo/Jack Dempsey

As speculation grows about a possible Aaron Rodgers trade to the Denver Broncos, veteran quarterback Teddy Bridgewater won't lose focus on preparing for the upcoming season.

"Honestly, man, I just keep my head down and control what I control," Bridgewater said Monday, per Troy Renck of Denver7. "These days are an opportunity for me to get better as a teammate and a person. This is a business. I understand the nature of it."

Rodgers reportedly doesn't want to return to the Packers and skipped the start of organized team activities Monday, per Rob Demovsky of ESPN. 

Pro Football Talk reported in April the reigning MVP wants to land with either the Broncos, San Francisco 49ers or Las Vegas Raiders.

James Palmer of NFL Network reported on May 10 that Rodgers going to the Broncos is a "real possibility."

Such a trade could ruin Bridgewater's chances to earn a starting job with Denver after entering organized team activities in what was described by head coach Vic Fangio as a "50-50" battle with Drew Lock.

Bridgewater has already seen the harsh business side of the NFL over the past year.

The 28-year-old signed a three-year deal with the Carolina Panthers last offseason and produced a respectable 92.1 quarterback rating and 64.2 Total QBR in 15 starts. The team was still seeking a long-term upgrade at the position after a 5-11 season and acquired Sam Darnold in a trade with the New York Jets. Three weeks later, Bridgewater was sent to Denver in exchange for a sixth-round pick.

It now appears his team is once again eyeing a potential replacement on the trade market, but Bridgewater seems focused on winning the starting job.