It’s pretty clear at this point that the New York Giants are looking for the eventual successor to Eli Manning at quarterback.
But does that player exist in the upcoming NFL Draft? One could easily say “no” to that question.
Fortunately for the Giants, they could find Manning’s potential replacement in the form of an already accomplished NFL Starter.
His name is Teddy Bridgewater.
Bridgewater, who injured his knee in a non-contact incident at practice prior to the start of last season, is expected to miss another year of football this upcoming season.
And according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, it’s very unlikely the team exercises Bridgewater’s fifth-year option, thus, making him a free agent after this season.
With Sam Bradford their answer at quarterback moving forward, the future doesn’t seem bright for Teddy “two gloves” in Minnesota.
Some are probably asking: well, why would the Giants be interested in a player with such a questionable future?
Well, for starters, the Giants have Manning under contract for the next two seasons (not including an opt-out after 2018).
So, they wouldn’t be asking Bridgewater to step up and get the job done right away.
The second reason would be this: he’s accomplished and will likely cost close to nothing, whether in a trade or if he becomes a free agent.
What would the Giants be losing by pursuing him in a draft day trade?
I mean, take your pick: use a high draft choice on a quarterback who has never thrown a pass in the NFL (in a bad quarterback class) or take the risk on a proven player like Bridgewater, who they wouldn’t need for at least a year anyway.
It seems like a no-brainer.
The classy, soft-spoken Bridgewater completed at least 64% of his passes in each of his first two NFL seasons with just 21 combined interceptions.
At a premium position, he’s worth a look.