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 ’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 ’s Adam Schefter.

Bridgewater, who’s in , 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.