Sam Darnold Lands In The NFC South

April 5th, 2021

Teddy Bridgewater in 2022?

So it seems a quarterback the Bucs were hot on before last season might be someone they can pursue in 2022.

Joe’s talking about Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who just got the bad news that his team traded draft picks for young Jets QB Sam Darnold, the former No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

That’s the opposite of an endorsement for 28-year-old Bridgewater, who battled injuries and a meh 2020 season, despite having quality pass catchers on the Carolina roster.

Per, the Jets received from Carolina a sixth-round pick in 2021 and second-  and fourth-round picks in 2022. (It seems like the Jets might also be coughing up a low-round pick next year.)

Bucco Bruce Arians shared lots of public love for Bridgewater before and after the Bucs landed Tom Brady in free agency last year. Bridgewater signed with the Panthers in March of 2020, but they can get out of his fat contract after this season.

Could Bridgewater, who like Darnold played for Todd Bowles in New York, be on the Bucs’ 2022 radar?

Nobody can answer that, but Joe does know Arians likes veteran QBs and his appreciation for all things Bridgewater seemed very authentic.

43 Responses to “Sam Darnold Lands In The NFC South”

  1. Bucsfanman Says:

    Hmmm, interesting development!

  2. Rod Munch Says:

    I refuse to believe the rumors that the team wanted Bridgewater – there is no way that was true. A guy with a noodle arm who is afraid to take chances running this offense? Nope, never going to buy that was more than misdirection from the team if it even happened.

    Anyways Darnold is a much better QB than Bridgewater- much better. I don’t think he’s going to have a lot of success because of the Panthers lack of talent at WR, which only got worse this off-season, but as a team they improved quite a bit.

  3. Bird Says:

    Not worried about darnold in carolina. He is good player but ehhhhhh
    Good news for bucs
    He will learn new system too

    That should be 2 wins next year.

  4. Pickgrin Says:

    Bridgewater would definitely be an upgrade over Gabbert or Griffin at the backup QB position.

    But at what cost?

    If we could get Teddy for under $5M – thats not much more than bringing back last years’ two backups to TB12.

    Brady/Bridgewater/Drafted QB – sounds better to me than Brady/Gabbert/Griffin

  5. SteveK Says:

    Look at the QB landscape across the division;

    Matt Ryan (4th pick/QB?)
    Jameis Winston/Taysom Hill
    Sam Darnold

    Go Bucs! Whose the “best QB, roster, and coaching staff in the NFC S?

    We are so lucky for Brady and I hope that dude can repeat. It would be so damn epic.


    Donald STINKS, watched him play Patriots since he started for the Jets. Another 2 wins for Bucs.

  7. Pewter Power Says:

    Sorry but after this season I just can’t see it. This team is not going anywhere with teddy B. We got the old guy and a small championship win down but all 3 teams in the nfc south are in position to have better options at quarterback. We have the better overall roster but this team needs to start thinking the long game at quarterback and head coach. I really hope a plan is in place

  8. Fred mcneil Says:

    Well, darn.
    I was hoping Swallowing Sam Darnell would revive his career away from the Ejacujets. Now I gotta hope he chokes on it.
    He thought he was seeing ghosts against the Belicheats? Wait till he gets a LOAD of OUR pass rush.

  9. Winny Testaverde Says:

    With all due respect, Pewter Power, I think I’ll enjoy the next two years before I worry about the future. It was a long, long 18 years between titles. This is the sweet spot to savor…not worry about developmental possibilities.

  10. Jason Says:

    Why do I have this weird feeling that we will take a qb in the sixth round.

  11. RO Says:

    Donald does stink…. But Darnold with better coaching and better skill players may be pretty good.

  12. Fred mcneil Says:

    I’ve seen QBs mocked everywhere from surprise first to sloppy seventh.
    Hard to say where, but they’ll prob grab one somewhere.

  13. Steven Says:


  14. Bucnjim Says:

    I think Brady & Arians have already had that discussion about the future several times. There is a plan in place we just don’t know it yet.

  15. Anonymous Says:

    Rod – the fact that you said the Panthers have no wide receivers is startling. And you said it so matter of factly too, which is hilarious. Cool take tho brah

  16. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Darnold has the worst average QB rating over the last 3 years of any starting QB- just how does that make him better than Bridgewater? And don’t use his college stats because Bridgewater was impressive in college, too.

  17. Buczilla Says:

    Sure, the Jet’s coaching was inept, but that was an awful lot to give up for Darnold who’s ceiling seems to be that of a career backup. Congrats to the impatient stinking panthers for making a dumb move and to the jets for fleecing them.

  18. catcard202 Says:

    Bridgewater @ QB was not the Panthers problem…Injuries were.
    This looks like a panic move to me…For both the Jets & CAR.

  19. cape codder Says:

    Darnold has to be very happy leaving n.y. and not spending Sunday afternoons in n.j.

  20. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Sam Darnold?

    Oh… mean

    White JayMiss?

    That explains a lot of the Munch love.

  21. Cainishere Says:

    I wouldn’t mind Teddy but honestly we need someone fresh and young who is willing to learn. Teddy is set in his ways. Sam will do no better in da south. Hope he is ready for the relentless pounding he will take.

  22. DaBux Says:

    Shaq smells raw meat.

  23. DoooshLaRue Says:


    I wholeheartedly agree with you about having a plan for after TB leaves or god forbid get injured.
    I trust JL/BA have a plan in place and it wouldn’t surprise me to see us pick a QB early.

    I hope we pick a QB early.

  24. Pewter Power Says:

    Yep as a fan you should enjoy the next two years with Brady, that two years of success won’t save Jason Licht job for long he better be thinking long term, can’t really disagree with that

  25. Rod Munch Says:

    Darnold Played on a truly awful team with terrible coaching and poor weapons. If anything he reminds me, a tiny bit, of Steve Young on the Bucs. Young had no chance in Tampa and Darnold had no chance in with the Jets. With that said I’m not putting him in the HOF or anything, but I wouldn’t be shocked if he turns out to be a pretty good QB in a year or two. The good thing is that this eliminates the possibility of them getting Watson, which was unlikely anyways with the massage stuff – but I feel like the Bucs really got lucky there since the Panthers were reportedly all in on trying to get him before all this stuff about him started to surface.

  26. TampaTown Says:

    I still want Kyle Trask

  27. Jerry Says:

    Darnold stunk with the Jets. But it was also bad coaching and a bad roster there. The roster isn’t a whole lot better in Carolina. They don’t have any receivers. They have McCaffrey, but he’s overused and gets hurt a lot.

    It’s not like he’s going to be an instant MVP there. He’s got to make some leaps in development to be successful.

  28. Aceofaerospace Says:

    It’s only fitting that the TBbucs might have TB12 mentoring TB5, and wether or not we draft another quarterback is TBdetermined.

  29. Leighroy Says:

    This trade has been met with a lot of head scratching this afternoon by the “fan base” here in Charlotte.
    – 1 of the top 5 QBs was likely to fall to the Kittens
    – Teddy B is now a 23mil cap-hit backup this year, instead of a bridge qb for said rookie (pun intended)
    – No one has confidence in the fact that “Matt Rhule loved Darnold when interviewing for the Jets”
    – The Felines are reportedly exercising his 5th year option, which as of 2020 new CBA is fully guaranteed in ‘22, thus locking them in if/when this experiment flames out

    Rejoice Bucs fans, bc this is poor management by a desperate team. Now, look for the Kittie cats to take the best WR available or Kyle Pitts, who will toil at the prospect of having a washed up vet or a youthful flame out misfiring the ball to them for the first 2 years of their career.

  30. Chris Thomas from Heaven Says:

    He looks like Dale Jr’s son. Maybe Yosemite Sam will buy a house near Dale Jr at Lake Norman in NASCAR country

  31. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I also heard the Panthers were reportedly all in on trying to get Watson very very seriously before all the Sh!t hit the fan.

  32. BucEmUp Says:

    Pass….draft and develop Bridgewater did good under payton in orleans, we dont have a good playcaller here that doesnt wear a helmet. He would struggle here as well.

  33. Anonymous Says:

    I agree partially with BucEmUp: under competent coaching and with decent talent, Bridgewater played very well in New Orleans.

    Good quarterbacks will fail in bad circumstances. Use Steve Young as a local example.

  34. Drunkinybor Says:

    Food solidified

  35. David Says:

    No thanks

  36. SlyPirate Says:

    Bridgewater should return to the Saints. He knows the system and thrived.

  37. Your Mom Says:

    PFT says Carolina may cut Bridgewater, not what they said. –Joe who could then sign with the Bucs for minimum while the Panthers still have to pay the rest of his salary. I would love that.

  38. Youngbucs Says:

    We have the best QB in the division Bucs run the south.

  39. Sol Says:

    Sam Donald mo Buc bait. Sam the sham and the panthohs

  40. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I said it last year and I’ll say it again now…Teddy Bridgewater is a bad investment for any team. He is far too injury prone.

    And that proved out over last season.

  41. View from 132 Says:

    It seems perfectly setup for the Bucs to follow the Brady Years with the host of Jeopardy, one Aaron Rodgers.

  42. adam from ny Says:

    sam ain’t shiiiiii

  43. adam from ny Says:

    sam is bird seed