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How does Teddy Bridgewater to Denver affect Falcons?

The Denver Broncos are one of the teams that would make for a good trade partner with the Atlanta Falcons. They aren’t sold on quarterback Drew Lock and they have the No. 9 overall pick.

For weeks the Broncos have been pegged as a team that could trade up to No. 4 to get a quarterback, but today they made a move for Carolina’s Teddy Bridgewater.

How will that affect their ability to move up and get a quarterback earlier in the draft?

A little, but not as much as you might think.

They Broncos only traded a sixth round pick for Bridgewater, and the Panthers are taking on most of his salary cap number. A sixth round pick and $3M for Bridgewater means he’s a relatively cheap option that won’t keep the Broncos for making a move if the opportunity presents itself.

Bridgewater provides competition and experience for Drew Lock who was a bottom tier quarterback with the Broncos last year, but isn’t considered a long term fix.

Atlanta has reportedly been in contact with several teams about trading down, but the Broncos might not be willing to meet the price set by GM Terry Fontenot and the Falcons. 

The price to trade might be the bigger deterrent for the Broncos than the acquisition of Bridgewater. 

The Broncos can still afford to get a quarterback, but they might not be willing to pay the price.

Scott Kennedy
Scott Kennedy is an Atlanta native and 20 year media veteran including time as Director of Scouting at Scout.com, Managing Editor at 247Sports, VP Content Operations at Sports Illustrated and more. Scott has appeared as a recruiting and NFL Draft analyst on dozens of media including ESPN, NFL Network, USA Today, NY Times, and more.