David Tepper has seen some awful quarterback play since he bought the Panthers, and he’s apparently grown tired of it, making him impatient in terms of the team’s long-term plan at the position.
The Panthers signed Teddy Bridgewater to a three-year, $63 million contract roughly a year ago, leading many to believe the team was looking to play the long game, possibly drafting a quarterback either this year or in 2022, to learn behind the veteran. That strategy made a lot of sense on paper, too, as head coach Matt Rhule would be able to pick his quarterback, to develop and grow in his system.
But Tepper may not be on board with that idea, at least not now, with Deshaun Watson possibly available via trade.
A recent report from Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports states that Tepper is pushing for the Panthers to trade for Watson.
“(David) Tepper, sources said, is over having to watch his team operate with Cam Newton navigating through injuries, or Kyle Allen trying to display he is more than a lower-tier backup, or Teddy Bridgewater dink-and-dunk and protect the football, with clear limitations as to how bold and adventurous a downfield attack would be,” La Canfora reported, as transcribed by Bleacher Report.
The Panthers have eight picks in this year’s draft, including the eight overall selection, so they do have some draft capital to offer in a potential trade.