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.