07 August, 2023
According to a source close to the issue, the Detroit Lions have finalized a deal with free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
The individual talked to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Monday night because they were not allowed to reveal the facts.
Bridgewater visited the Lions last month, and the team made it plain that they wanted him to be Jared Goff’s backup.
Bridgewater, 30, fills a void for a squad trying to capture the division crown for the first time in three decades.
Dan Campbell, the Lions’ coach, says he’s ‘all for’ signing Teddy Bridgewater to add depth at quarterback.
Behind Goff on the depth chart are Nate Sudfeld and rookie Hendon Hooker.
Sudfeld, whose future with the team is uncertain, has appeared in just six games since Washington selected him in the sixth round in 2016. Hooker tore his ACL in his left knee eight months ago and isn’t expected to play for a while.
Meanwhile, Bridgewater has started at least one game in seven of his eight seasons and filled in for Miami Dolphins starter Tua Tagovailoa last season.
He started 29 games for Carolina and Denver the prior two seasons. For the Panthers and Broncos, he threw 33 touchdown passes and 18 interceptions.
In 2014, Minnesota selected the former Louisville star with the 32nd overall pick. As a starter, he has a 33-32 career record with the Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Panthers, Broncos, and Dolphins. Over his career, he has completed 66% of his passes, with 75 touchdowns and 47 interceptions.