"We're going to find the right place (for Bridgewater), whether it's here or wherever it may be, we'll figure things out, contract-wise as well," Fitterer said.
Bridgewater carries a $22.95-million cap hit in 2021 after he signed a three-year, $63-million free-agent deal last offseason. Carolina will carry $10 million in dead money if it trades Bridgewater and $20 million if it releases him prior to June 1, per Spotrac.
The veteran ranked 17th in QBR and 22nd in passer rating during his first year as a starter since 2015. Bridgewater threw for 3,733 yards and 15 touchdowns against 11 interceptions while posting a 4-11 record. He also recorded a career-high 69.1% completion percentage.
The Panthers traded a sixth-round pick in this year's draft and 2022 second- and fourth-round selections to the New York Jets for Darnold.