The Facts: Following up on a previous item. ... The Panthers are welcoming Sam Darnold to the team on Monday and they've yet to decide what to do with their 2020 starter, Bridgewater. HC Matt Rhule confirmed that the team gave Bridgewater permission to speak to other teams about trades. A report last week indicated multiple teams have interest in Bridgewater, but that they'd want him to take a pay cut to facilitate a deal. He's scheduled to make $17 million with $10 million guaranteed. Rhule said that the team was taking a patient approach with determining any future moves. "We're going to have to wait and see how things play out," Rhule said.
Diehards Line: Rhule was asked about the possibility of Bridgewater remaining as a backup and whether it was fair to ask Bridgewater to play that role. Rhule said he doesn't "believe in fair or unfair in professional sports" and that things happen as they happen. ... And we'll be watching for more on how it plays out in coming days.