I’ve written before that Teddy Bridgewater should be a top target for the Raiders. While the team could elect to stay the course with incumbent starter Derek Carr, there is a growing feeling that Jon Gruden will begin seeking a long-term solution at the quarterback positions.
Bridgewater would be an excellent candidate.
Finding young pass rushers hitting the open market is atypical. Finding young quarterbacks with upside is one of the rarest things in the sport. In the case of Bridgewater, it took a devastating knee injury and lengthy recovery to leave the quarterback without a long-term home.
The former Pro-Bowler appears to be fully healthy for the first time in years. He also performed admirably in limited action last season.
His 5-0 record with 1,384 passing yards, nine touchdowns, and only two interceptions while filling in for an injured Drew Brees. Bridgewater is also still only 27-years-old.
Bridgewater would be a perfect fit for a team like the Raiders. He is talented enough to justify cutting ties with Carr and young enough to be a potential starter for years to come. He could also be added without sacrificing any draft capital.
While his potential $20 million price tag is steep, he should be the top priority for the Las Vegas Raiders.
On the plus side, Tom Brady would bring an incomparable level of experience and postseason pedigree to the table. He would also be an immediate jolt of excitement to a new fan base.
The Raiders have also reportedly shown interest in adding the six-time Super Bowl champion if he is unable to smooth things over with the New England Patriots.
However, there are legitimate concerns that adding a 42-year-old signal-caller would leave the team in an awkward position.
A potentially declining player could make a Super Bowl run difficult while also preventing the team from losing enough games to earn a draft pick high enough to secure a potential franchise quarterback through the draft.
That being said, the Raiders should jump at the opportunity to add Brady if given the chance.