The Carolina Panthers are in perhaps the toughest division in the NFL with three All-Pro quarterbacks.
For at least the next season, the Carolina Panthers will take part in what is arguably the toughest division in football. With strong opponents in the New Orleans Saints, a revamped Tampa Bay Buccaneers team, and a motivated Atlanta Falcons squad, divisional wins will be hard to come by in 2020. Much of the reason for the stout competition has to do with the quarterbacks in the NFC South.
After mulling retirement for three months earlier this offseason, Saints quarterback Drew Brees signed a new two-year deal that will extend his career for at least another season. Even their backup, Jameis Winston, is perhaps a starting-caliber player in the NFL. The Buccaneers on the other hand dumped Winston in favor of six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady. The Bucs also acquired another former Patriot in Rob Gronkowski just a few short weeks ago. Atlanta–Carolina’s biggest rival–has a former MVP of their own in Matt Ryan.
Meanwhile, the Panthers will have a new franchise quarterback for the first time since 2011. Shortly after the free-agency period began in March the Panthers and Teddy Bridgewater agreed to a three-year, $63 million deal that includes $33 million in guaranteed money. Upon signing the former Vikings and Saints quarterback, Carolina released former MVP Cam Newton from the final year of his contract. The move saved the Panthers approximately $20 million in cap space; however, the move indicated a clear shift to the future.
Despite Carolina electing to move on from Newton, Bridgewater is a talented player in his own right. He won all five games he started in 2019, and has a career 22-12 mark as a starter–including his Pro-Bowl season in 2015. Behind him the Panthers also brought in former XFL star PJ Walker and will return second-year player and hometown kid Will Grier. With all that being said, here are your NFC South quarterback room rankings.