Teddy Bridgewater Rumors: NFL GM Says Bucs Are 'Hot On' QB Ahead of FA

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 2, 2020

New Orleans Saints' Teddy Bridgewater scrambles during the second half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Chicago, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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After impressing in limited action with the New Orleans Saints during the 2019 season, Teddy Bridgewater could reportedly find a new starting job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"I am hearing Tampa Bay is hot on Bridgewater," a general manager told Mike Sando of The Athletic.

Jameis Winston started all 16 games for the Buccaneers last season but is set to hit free agency, and his future with the team is uncertain.

According to Peter King of NBC Sports, it's "likely" the quarterback leaves Tampa Bay in 2020.

Though Winston led the NFL with 5,109 passing yards in 2019, his 30 interceptions were also more than anyone else in the league.

Bridgewater could be a solid change of pace after throwing just two interceptions in 196 attempts last year. His 1.0 interception rate would've tied for second-best in the league with enough attempts to qualify.

The 27-year-old made five starts in place of the injured Drew Brees and led the Saints to wins in all of them, finishing the year with 1,384 passing yards and nine touchdowns. It was his most extensive action since his Pro Bowl season in 2015 prior to suffering a devastating knee injury in August 2016.

Though there are still question marks about Bridgewater, who has thrown just 221 passes since 2015 (Winston had 626 pass attempts in 2019 alone), the conservative passer could be a better fit with Tampa Bay going forward.

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The Buccaneers led the NFL against the run and ranked 15th in total yards against, although the offense's constant turnovers made the defense look worse. Someone like Bridgewater could take pressure off the unit by controlling possession.

Any replacement at quarterback should also find plenty of success offensively with an elite receiving corps that features Pro Bowlers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin and a scheme led by head coach Bruce Arians.

While more experienced options like Tom Brady and Philip Rivers could also be available on the open market, Bridgewater appears to be a solid fit with Tampa Bay.

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