2. He is a better option for the franchise than other NFL quarterbacks
It might sound crazy to say, but Teddy Bridgewater is simply a better long-term option for the Los Angeles Chargers than the other quarterbacks that could come to LA, even Tom Brady.
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Brady sells more tickets, sure, and is the greatest quarterback of all-time. You could make the case that he would be better on the Chargers because of the weapons the team has but Brady is only getting older and we have seen his best days behind him.
Brady could be decent enough to help the Chargers contend for a Super Bowl, but the window would be immensely short, likely only lasting a year or two.
Other options, such as Cam Newton if a trade were to occur, would only last one season as well. Jameis Winston is young but is too turnover prone, Marcus Mariota has shown that he is not starting-caliber and Ryan Tannehill has too many questions around him.
Bridgewater also has questions around him but I think he helped put those questions to bed in 2019. Bridgewater became the NFL’s forgotten Pro Bowler after suffering an ACL injury in practice and in his five games started proved that he can be a Pro Bowler once more.
Bridgewater not only won all five games but was really good in those five games. If we average those five starts into a 16-game season, Bridgewater would have had 3,856 passing yards, 29 touchdowns and six interceptions.
The only quarterback in the entire league with that many yards and touchdowns with six or fewer touchdowns in 2019 was Russell Wilson. Since the start of 2010, a season like that has only occurred five times.
Of course, that is just averages, but it shows how good Bridgewater was, and more importantly, how well he took care of the football. After a season in which the Los Angeles Chargers lost 11 games mostly because of turnovers, they could use a quarterback that is careful with the ball.
He is also only 27 years old, which is four years older than Joe Burrow. He is young enough to be the Chargers’ franchise option for the next 8-10 years, while also being good enough to help the team contend immediately.