4 quarterbacks the Commanders could sign to replace Taylor Heinicke

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Commanders could sign Teddy Bridgewater

One of the more capable quarterbacks remaining on the market is Teddy Bridgewater. The former first-round pick filled in admirably for Tua Tagovailoa on the Miami Dolphins last season before getting hurt himself, so this could be a good addition for the Washington Commanders providing the money works for all parties.

Bridgewater also has a loose connection to Marty Hurney, who was Carolina Panthers general manager in 2020 when they gave him a three-year, $66 million contract with $33 million guaranteed. This led to the controversial release of Cam Newton, which didn’t go down well with the team’s fanbase at the time.

The former Louisville star lasted just one season in Carolina and was far from pleased with Matt Rhule’s coaching methods. A stint with the Denver Broncos followed before joining Miami, which leaves Bridgewater with the journeyman tag at this stage of his career.

Again, that’s fine.

Bridgewater is lucky he’s got any career at all after a gruesome leg injury with the Minnesota Vikings when all signs pointed to the team making a deep postseason run in 2016. There isn’t much he hasn’t seen or done, which would no doubt be invaluable to Sam Howell throughout the upcoming preparation period.

If Howell doesn’t show Eric Bieniemy and his staff enough, then Bridgewater could go from mentor to bridge quarterback in double-quick time. Even though this would likely restrict Washington’s desire to take shots downfield along the way.