The Detroit Lions made a contract offer, reported by ESPN to be a "strong" one, to quarterback Teddy Bridgewater back around Easter. For some reason, some may say overvaluing himself or his chances to be a starter somewhere, he did not take it.
The Lions' interest in Bridgewater came to light again this week when he came in for a visit on Monday. Head coach Dan Campbell said he is all for the idea of adding Bridgewater, as pure competition for Nate Sudfeld for who will be Jared Goff's backup. It's fair to say Bridgewater would replace Sudfeld in the role, there would be no actual competition. But even after the visit on Monday, which Campbell said went well, signing Bridgewater was not considered imminent. And it's probably not the Lions who are hesitating to get a deal done.
Sudfeld was put on the roster bubble a bit by Jeff Risdon of Lions Wire, with reference to how the Lions pivoted to him late last preseason after letting David Blough go and getting Tim Boyle back on the practice squad before the Chicago Bears poached him. So if Sudfeld struggles during the preseason, like Blough and Boyle did a year ago, a change could easily be made. And it wouldn't necessarily have to be Bridgewater, if what he wants and what the Lions are willing to (or should) give him still don't match.
If they don't sign Bridgewater, here are five other backup quarterback pivot options the Lions could consider.