Offseason content can be split into two categories: Fantasy and reality.
One is more enjoyable for fans to read, fantasy, while the other creates headache and conflict and hard feelings.
Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com threw out the concern for things like contract and instead looked at what he calls, fun additions to each NFC roster.
For the Cardinals, it was easy and unsurprising in position, but the name may surprise:
Teddy Bridgewater, quarterback
The perfect tonic for the Bruce Arians hangover would be a young quarterback the franchise could get excited about. New head coach Steve Wilks insisted the team would be “active and aggressive” pursuing a new quarterback after Carson Palmer’s retirement. Bridgewater has the highest ceiling of any free-agent QB available, despite essentially missing the last two seasons with a devastating knee injury. As Arians liked to say: No risk it, no biscuit.
Teddy Bridgewater is an exciting addition in the idea of he’s a young, proven quarterback in the NFL.
The hard thing with Teddy is disconnecting him from his injury, but if this is a fantasy world, adding Teddy B and getting him for five years at less than $100 million and having him healthy… Quarterback position solved.
The more likely scenario, if Bridgewater was even in play, would be to sign Bridgewater to a three to four year, low base salary (quarterback wise) high incentive based deal.
Maybe something like four years $60 million with the ability to make $100 million based on results and output over his time, with maybe only $25-30 million guaranteed. Each year played kicks in more guarantees.
It’s either that or give Bridgewater a two year deal, similar in structure and hope you can bring him back if he’s good.
I think, just speculation on my part, if you want Bridgewater, you show him some love with a longer contract that allows you to move on if need be after a year or two, but that gives him some comfort in knowing that if healthy, he’s going to be taken care of.
Of course, I just changed the entire premise of Rosenthal’s work from fantasy to reality… Sorry.