5 overrated offensive players heading into NFL free agency

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Free agency target Teddy Bridgewater

One has to commend Teddy Bridgewater for coming back in the way that he has. After a horrific knee injury, he has found a way to go from injured to backup, and now back to a starter in the latter half of his career. He looked like a perfect fit early in the season when the Broncos were on fire, but once teams figured out his game plan he and that offense faltered.

Bridgewater is an average game-manager at this point in his career, and it seems like that won’t improve anytime soon. He can function in an offense with a good offensive line and a bevy of weapons, but other than that don’t count on him producing. Even in a good offense, he fails to push the ball. His conservative offensive style will limit most teams that he could play for.

While he would be a fine option for a season or two, it seems like he will get paid well this offseason. It wouldn’t be shocking to see Bridgewater land a deal somewhere in the $20-25 million a season range. With so many teams suddenly needing a quarterback, he should have a hot market. That said, that kind of money for a player like him is too much.

Even in a dynamic offense like the Buccaneers, Bridgewater would likely do more harm than good. His conservative play can win games when the rest of the team is clicking, but he can’t shoulder a load for a team on his own. Expect him to land with a team and start in 2022. That said, his financials shouldn’t be as much as many expect, and if they are, he will land into the overrated category this offseason.