2. Teddy Bridgewater: A younger bridge QB with franchise potential
Here’s where it gets more interesting. The Colts need to make a splash this offseason, particularly in free agency. There are plenty of signal-callers looking for new teams, all with experience as a franchise quarterback for a different team. We talked above about a proven veteran, Phillip Rivers, as the best suitor for the Colts moving forward in the next couple of years. A much younger option available to the Colts would be Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater played two full seasons with Minnesota in 2014 and 2015 (included a Pro Bowl selection in 2015) before suffering a gruesome injury prior to the 2016 season. He returned to action as a backup in New Orleans in 2018. He started 5 games in 2019 in place of the injured Drew Brees and went 5-0 while throwing 9 touchdowns.
Bridgewater hasn’t been highly regarding as one of the league’s top quarterbacks, however, he is a talented player with Pro Bowl potential. He’s shown enough potential to be a reliable starting quarterback that can bring a team to the playoffs, shown with the Vikings. He is a mobile threat and does have a solid deep ball. While not the same talent as Rivers in terms of a thrower, Bridgewater’s mobility will serve as another threat alongside the running game that Rivers can’t bring.
At 27 years old, he is a prime candidate to become the Colts’ franchise quarterback. It would allow the Colts to find talent at other positions without having to worry about a quarterback. If he isn’t the franchise player the team is looking for, he would certainly be a solid bridge quarterback for a longer tenure if needed.