METAIRIE, La. — Free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has decided to stick to the New Orleans Saints because their copy and possible successor to Drew Brees as opposed to chase a direct starting opportunity using his hometown Miami Dolphins, sources told ESPN’s Dianna Russini on Thursday.
Bridgewater, 26, agreed to a one-year $7.25 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 eventually chose to stay put in New Orleans, where he spent after the Saints exchanged a third-round decide 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 authentic deal in New Orleans. Brees’ choice also came down to the Saints and Dolphins — that the irony which was not lost on Bridgewater because he tweeted about his decision.
13 decades later, I’m attempting to see if history will repeat itself in my own favor at some point.
— Teddy Bridgewater (@teddyb_h2o) March 14, 2019
“Run it back Turbo. .” pic.twitter.com/NsvF1x00KG
Like Brees, Bridgewater is also hoping to get a renaissance from the second chapter of his career after suffering a major accident early in his career.
And Bridgewater is apparently willing to wait patiently to find the great longterm fit, although he’s started only one game within the past three seasons.
Bridgewater began his career as the 32nd pick in the draft with all an Minnesota Vikings in 2014 — and he directed them to the play with an 11-5 record in 2015. But then he suffered a devastating knee injury during the summer of 20-16, tearing his ACL one of other structural and tendons damage.
It remains to be seen how much longer the 40-year-old Brees plans to keep on playing — and how long Saints plan to maintain paying QBs. However, for now they wished to maintain their longterm alternatives open with Bridgewater after getting impressed by their time together.
Bridgewater signed a yearlong, incentive-laden deal with the Jets as a free agent last March, and he impressed throughout the pre season. But he became expendable after they made a decision to proceed with rookie Sam Darnold because their newcomer.
Bridgewater subsequently forced his first start in nearly 3 years now when the Saints rested Brees one of other novices in Week 17. Even though Bridgewater threw for only 118 yards with one touchdown and one interception in a loss to the Carolina Panthersthat he chose to reveal teams which he was healthy .
Even the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder moved 6 6 as a rookie starter and 11 5 in 2015 before a playoff loss to Seattle. He threw for an overall total of 6,150 yards, 28 touchdowns and 21 interceptions in the 2 seasons.
The Saints pushed out enough cap space to sign Bridgewater and newly-signed defensive handle Malcolm Brown by restructuring Brees’ deal — altering $10.8 million in salary cap costs from 2019 to 2020.