The 49ers are poking round in regards to the availability of Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in response to a report within the Athletic. Given what we learn about San Francisco’s quarterback state of affairs, a swap involving Carolina’s beginning quarterback doesn’t make a ton of sense.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan stated earlier than the tip of final season that he needed Jimmy Garoppolo to be a part of the 49ers’ core transferring ahead, and that separating from Garoppolo would require a big improve.
Bridgewater doesn’t test that field.
Final season in 15 begins he threw for 3,733 yards, 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions with a 69.1 p.c completion price. His 7.6 yards per try weren’t exceptional, but they set a profession excessive for the previous Vikings’ first-round decide. Alternatively, the earlier yr with the Saints he tossed 9 touchdowns and simply two interceptions with a career-best 99.1 passer ranking in 5 begins – all victories.
All indicators level to him being a lateral transfer from Garoppolo in a best-case state of affairs. Bridgewater would come about $12 million cheaper this season (assuming it occurred earlier than June 1), however he’d additionally price San Francisco a draft decide.
His practically $13 million cap hit would additionally deter the 49ers from making the commerce to convey him in as a backup. They don’t have the cap house to shell out greater than $35 million for 2 middle-of-the-road quarterbacks.
A method it may make sense, purely hypothetically, is that if the 49ers obtained supplied a first-round decide from a workforce for Garoppolo they usually’re gauging what it may cost to scoop one other veteran in a commerce earlier than wanting over the free agent market. That state of affairs doesn’t appear doubtless although given Garoppolo’s damage historical past and what a youthful participant like Carson Wentz simply went for in an agreed upon commerce to the Colts.
Maybe the 49ers like what Bridgewater’s achieved in his 20 begins over the past two seasons. He doesn’t seem like the improve they’re in search of although, and the concept that San Francisco would hand over draft capital to avoid wasting a bit cash and at greatest transfer laterally beneath middle doesn’t jibe with how the entrance workplace has operated over the past 4 years.