Top 5 options for Detroit Lions to replace Teddy Bridgewater next season

With Teddy Bridgewater set to retire officially very soon, here are five options for the Detroit Lions to replace him as their No. 2 quarterback next season

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4. Tyrod Taylor

Taylor started and finished four games for the New York Giants this season, with at least 279 passing yards in three of them and a near-upset of the Buffalo Bills in the other. Whichever direction the Giants go in terms of their quarterback depth chart this offseason, with Daniel Jones working his way back from a torn ACL and whatever Tommy DeVito's future prospects are, it seems unlikely Taylor will be re-signed.

Most of Taylor's 58 career starts came over his three seasons with the Bills (43 from 2015-2017). Otherwise, an injury led to him being replaced by a rookie Baker Mayfield with the Cleveland Browns in 2018 and a mistake by the Chargers' medical staff in 2020 opened the door for Justin Herbert to step in early his rookie season.

Taylor has usually been effective when he's been called upon over the course of his career, which is all you can ask for out of a backup quarterback. He'll turn 35 before next season starts, but he's still got some ability to make things happen with his legs and move around some.

Any team in the market for a veteran backup this offseason should have Taylor on their list, maybe high on the list in more cases than you might think. If the Lions go that direction, he should be on their radar.