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Rumor: Redskins could be a team to watch for Teddy Bridgewater

Teddy Bridgewater

The Washington Redskins might have the most pressing need for a quarterback of any team in the league. With Alex Smith set to miss the entire 2019 season and possibly never play again, the team needs to address the position, and they could do so with Teddy Bridgewater.

Josh Johnson was a nice story as he filled in for the final few games of the season last year, but he’s not a viable long-term starter. Colt McCoy is the only other quarterback on the roster, and he showed in his limited 2018 duty that he can’t be a full-time starter either.

The Redskins need to look to free agency or the draft to acquire their next starting quarterback. One intriguing option could be Bridgewater, and Marc Sessler of NFL.com predicts he’ll end up signing in Washington.

“The smart approach would mimic what the Browns pulled off last offseason, making a move for veteran Tyrod Taylor before swinging for the fences with Baker Mayfield. An affordable, short-range deal for Bridgewater fits the bill.”

Bridgewater was looking like the franchise quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings before a devastating knee injury cost him his job. By the time Bridgewater recovered, Minnesota had moved on. He signed with the New York Jets as a free agent this past season, and then was traded to the New Orleans Saints. He didn’t really play until Week 17, when New Orleans rested Drew Brees for the final game of the season. Bridgewater looked good during the preseason, but he fell flat in his lone regular season start.

He threw for just 118 yards on 22 attempts, with one touchdown and one interception. That start likely deflated his open market value, so the Redskins could get him for a bargain. It was only a few years ago that he was seen as one of the best young quarterbacks in the league, and Washington has nothing to lose at this point. Their limited cap space will severely restrict their options, and they’d be wise to at least kick the tires on Bridgewater.