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How Teddy Bridgewater might end up helping the Browns after all

Many thought the Browns might select Teddy Bridgewater in the 2014 NFL Draft, but they chose to take Johnny Manziel. However, Bridgewater could still help the Browns in the quest to turnaround the franchise.

Teddy Bridgewater still might help the Browns.

How might you ask?

After a report became known that the Browns organization spent six figures to do an analytics study that showed that Bridgewater would be the best suited quarterback for the Browns coming out of the 2014 NFL Draft, the organization disregarded the study and decided to trade up four spots to draft Johnny Manziel with Bridgewater and Derek Carr still on the board.

And we all know how that turned out.

Bridgewater has already proven himself to be a proven quarterback in his first two NFL seasons, but after suffering a season-ending knee injury last week, the Vikings thinking they have a chance to make the playoffs, traded the Eagles their first-round choice next year and a fourth-round pick in 2018 for quarterback Sam Bradford. The trade sets off a domino effect that could help the Browns come the 2017 NFL Draft.

First, the Eagles are now planning to turn over their season to quarterback Carson Wentz when he recovers from a rib injury suffered during the preseason. The Eagles are saying Wentz might even be ready for Sunday's season opener with the Browns. Typically, rookie quarterbacks have a learning curve and take their lumps, especially if Wentz plays in the first game after playing part of just one preseason game, in which he was 12-of-24 for 89 yards with a critical interception in the red zone.

On the flip side, Hue Jackson and the Browns decided that Wentz wasn't the franchise quarterback they were looking for and traded out of the pick that would've allowed him to come to Cleveland. If Wentz's career takes off and propels the Eagles turnaround, the decision to pass him up will be just another black eye in the Browns draft history.

Ironically, the Browns own the Eagles first round pick in 2017 due to the trade that allowed the Eagles to select Wentz with the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft. With the trade of Bradford, the Browns have a much better chance to defeat the Eagles in the season opener, whether Wentz plays or Chase Daniels is under center. A win over the Eagles would obviously, improve the pick the Browns will get from Philadelphia. The Browns aren't expected to have a season with many wins either and could end up with two high draft picks in the first round next year, which could go a long way in their quest to turn the franchise around.

So even though Bridgewater never made it to the Browns as a player, he could still end up helping them.

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