Former New Orleans Saints backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has turned his five starts in 2019 into a lucrative three-year contract with the Carolina Panthers. Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Panthers are signing the former first-round pick to a three-year deal worth $63 million.

Bridgewater started his career off strong with the Minnesota Vikings in 2014 eventually making the Pro Bowl in just his second year. However, injuries derailed Bridgewater’s career early and the 27-year-old has spent the last two seasons backing up Drew Brees in New Orleans.

A hand injury kept Brees out for five games last season which gave Bridgewater his chance to shine. The former Louisville star took that chance and ran with it. Bridgewater went 5-0 as a starter and in nine total appearances, he completed 67.9 percent of his passes for 1,384 yards, nine touchdowns and only two interceptions.

As for the Panthers, the team was in a weird position QB-wise in 2019. Former MVP Cam Newton played just two games due to injury and although backup Kyle Allen started the season well, he, and the whole team, in general, fell apart in the second half of the season.

Carolina’s signing of Bridgewater also likely marks the end of the Newton era for the Panthers. The team has reportedly given Newton and his agent permission to explore a trade.

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Not only will Carolina have a new franchise quarterback in 2020, the team will also be under the leadership of first-year head coach Matt Rhule who the team hired after he spent the last three years at Baylor University.

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