REPORT: Bears Are in Talks with Free Agent QB Teddy Bridgewater (UPDATES: Not Anymore?)

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REPORT: Bears Are in Talks with Free Agent QB Teddy Bridgewater (UPDATES: Not Anymore?)

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Ed. – Bears may have already moved on to trade targets. See here. Original post and updating follows.

WOW. HERE WE GOOOOOO. This feels like more than the “competition” we kept hearing about …

Per Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, the Chicago Bears are in talks with free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

Moreover, as we speculated this morning, it’s on the kind of deal that would lead you to believe the Bears think Bridgewater *IS* their new guy. Per PFT: “The initial numbers floating around (something in the range of $21 million per year) suggest that Bridgewater would be installed as the No. 1 option in Chicago.”

Obviously Bridgewater, just 27, is one of those extremely rare possible “quarterbacks of the future” you can land in free agency. You don’t get too many opportunities like this. Bridgewater was 5-0 standing in for Drew Brees last year, and, prior to a serious knee injury – one that threatened his career – he had the pedigree of a top first round pick.

Luis took a deeper look at Bridgewater earlier this offseason.

(via Pro Football Reference)

Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy have spent the offseason “committing” to Mitch Trubisky, while also repeatedly invoking the idea of “competition.”

Certainly, if they were to land Bridgewater on a deal for starter money, it might be a little more than “competition” for Trubisky.

UPDATE: This is real, but it also isn’t over:

Many think that Brady is actually down to New England and Tampa Bay as it is, so, you know, if you want to see the Bears land Bridgewater … go South, Tom!

UPDATE 2: More confirmation of the Brady/Bucs/Bridgewater connection:

I presume the Bears are trying to lock this thing down before Brady’s decision has any sway in the matter, especially now that the word is out.

UPDATE 3: Well, this is something of a gut punch followed by an eye-poke:

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