METAIRIE, La. — Free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has opted to stay with the New Orleans Saints because their copy and potential successor to Drew Brees rather than chase a direct starting opportunity using his hometown Miami Dolphins, sources told ESPN’s Dianna Russini on Thursday.
Bridgewater, 26, decided to a one-year $7.5 million deal that’s worth around $12.5 million with incentives, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Bridgewater, who’s in Miami, fulfilled the Dolphins at their team centre on Wednesday. But he ultimately decided to stay put in New Orleans, where he spent after the Saints traded a third-round choice to acquire him and a sixth-rounder from the ny Jets.
Bridgewater’s agreement is determined by the 13-year anniversary of Brees signing his original deal in New Orleans. Brees’ choice also came down to the Saints and Dolphins — the irony which was not lost on Bridgewater because he tweeted regarding his choice.
1-3 years after, I’m trying to see if history will repeat itself within my favor sooner or later.
“Run back it Turbo. .” pic.twitter.com/NsvF1x00KG
Like Brees, Bridgewater can be hoping for a renaissance from the second chapter of his career after suffering a significant injury early in his own career.
And Bridgewater is apparently willing to wait patiently to discover the great long term fit, despite the fact that he’s started just one game on the past few seasons.
Bridgewater began his career as the 32nd pick in the draft with an Minnesota Vikings at 2014 — and he directed them to the play with an 11-5 record in 2015. But he then suffered a devastating knee injury in the summer of 20-16, tearing his ACL among other structural and ligaments damage.
It remains to be seen just how much longer the 40-year-old Brees intends to keep on playing — and how the long Saints plan to maintain paying both QBs. However, for they desired to maintain their long term selections open with Bridgewater after being impressed with their brief time together.
Bridgewater signed a yearlong, incentive-laden handle the Jets as a free agent last March, and he impressed throughout the pre season. But he became expendable after they decided to go with newcomer Sam Darnold as their newcomer.
Bridgewater then forced his first start in almost 3 years now after the Saints rested Brees among other novices in Week 17. Although Bridgewater threw for just 118 yards with one touchdown and one interception at a loss to the Carolina Panthersthat he continued to reveal teams that he had been healthy again.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder moved 6 6 as being a rookie starter and 11 5 at 2015 before a play off loss to Seattle.
The Saints carved out enough cap space to sign Bridgewater along with newly-signed defensive handle Malcom Brown by restructuring Brees’ deal — shifting $10.8 million in salary-cap costs from 2019 to 20 20.