Teddy Bridgewater happy to be a Saint

AP

There was a theory in league circles before the trade that sent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater from the Jets to the Saints that Bridgewater wasn’t interested in trading his status as potential backup with one team for a role of definite backup with another. Given that he’s landing in a great situation to be a backup, he’s OK with that development.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Bridgewater “loves” the move, even though it means he won’t be playing absent an injury to future Hall of Famer Drew Brees. The upside comes from the chance to learn and to develop in a system designed by Sean Payton and executed by Brees.

With enough tape from three preseason games to show that Bridgewater’s knee has healed, he’ll likely find greater interest on the open market in 2019 — especially with far fewer free agents to compete with. And who knows? Maybe Brees calls it quits after the coming season and Bridgewater gets a chance to take over in New Orleans.

However it plays out, this is a move aimed at setting the table for Bridgewater in the future. Still only 25, he’s got plenty of years left to play. And he’ll now be in a better position to play and to play well, wherever he lands next season.

So while he’d rather play this year, not playing with the Saints arguably is better than not playing for any other team. Even though the Saints have given up a third-round pick for Bridgewater and a sixth-rounder, they could still choose to flip him to a team that develops a sudden and urgent need for a starter, if there’s an injury that happens at some point in the not-too-distant future. Like the injury that happened to Bridgewater on August 30, 2016.

Whatever happens beyond tomorrow, Bridgewater will wake up on the two-year anniversary of his catastrophic knee injury with another new start. This one could be the one that eventually allows him to pick his career up where it unexpectedly left off due to a freak dislocation that easily could have kept him from ever playing again.

He now seems destined to play again, in New Orleans or elsewhere. In a league that doesn’t have nearly enough good stories, this could be one of its best stories in years.

43 responses to “Teddy Bridgewater happy to be a Saint

  1. I wish the Vikes would have found a way to bring him back as Cousins’s backup, but, since that didnt happen, I am very happy that Tedddy has the chance to be the future starter of another excellent team instead of being doomed to suffer as a Jet…

  2. Well look at it this way from another point of view. He went from a team that will have a rookie under center and may not have a winning season to that of a team that has an experienced QB and a winning team for a few years.
    But hope some team will give him a chance to start in the league as he seems to overcome his injuries. Classy guy not just a great QB.

  3. I don’t particularly think Teddy was that good of a QB and he’s never played for my team in college or NFL. But I cannot help but root for the guy. It’s impressive that he has gotten to this point after such a devastating injury. And being able to be with a guy like Brees and a coach like Payton, I feel like it’s a good spot for him to have an opportunity to be a good pro. I’ll definitely be pulling for him.

  4. With Teddy healed this is a mistake by Jets. I’m not saying Darnold doesn’t have good potential (though he looked a tad shaky @skins), but more importantly Jets should’ve kept Teddy as insurance for now with that possibility themselves of flipping him for a juicy mid season trade. Was a 3rd minus a 6th worth losing a decent (and flippable) insurance for? Not really.

  5. I like Fales, but Bridgewater is better than Fales and MUCH better than Osweiller (sp?). The Phins missed another opportunity for a good back-up qb.

  6. Welcome Teddy, to The Big Easy. Great food, great fan base, quality new and veteran players. HOF great QB and great guy Drew Brees, offensive QB coach, great potential.

    Geaux Saints!

  7. Teddy never had a chance to play in a scheme designed around his talents. He was always secondary to AP and stuck in Norv Turners archaic offensive schemes. (good luck with that Cam)

    However Teddy is a winner! He led a team to a division championship over the Rodgers led Packers. He led his team on a game winning drive, completing some very nice passes along the way, in his sole playoff appearance pre-injury, against the Seahawks in God awful cold day. He got them to a less than 30 yard FG attempt… Only to have Blair Walsh pooch it! Now, who knows what happens if they win that game, but while he may have never put up elite QB stats, he’s never been handed an offense like there is in Minnesota now or New Orleans currently, who knows what he CAN be with a OC/HC who has innovative offensive schemes to help him. What he already IS is a winner and good guy!

  8. Congrats, Ditka! The Ricky Williams trade is no longer the worst trade in NFL history. Of course bu$twater is happy… he should be OUT OF THE LEAGUE!!!

  9. Happy for Teddy. If the Jets weren’t going to let him start (he earned it), might just move on to a better team.

    It proves his value by the 3rd round pick given up and unless NO offers him a nice contract extension – he will be in a good situation for FA in 2019.

  10. So what are they going to do with Taysom Hill the backup qb,make him a reciever? the kid is just as good as TB.

  11. Brent High says:
    August 30, 2018 at 12:28 am
    I wish the Vikes would have found a way to bring him back as Cousins’s backup, but, since that didnt happen, I am very happy that Tedddy has the chance to be the future starter of another excellent team instead of being doomed to suffer as a Jet…
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    “Suffer as a Jet…” The Jets, for the first time in years, are trending upwards. The Jets were the team that gave Teddy Bridgewater a second chance, and made it known they were willing to trade him. They could have selfishly said “we’ll keep him just in case,” especially after drafting Darnold. They traded him to a team with an aging, first ballot hall of fame quarterback in need of a backup. And, at the same time, he has the opportunity to take over for Brees in a few years if its a mutual fit. He was never going to be a starter with the Jets.

    This is a rare win-win-win for three parties – The Jets, The Saints, and Teddy Bridgewater.

  12. Great story but I’m impressed with the Jets on this one. Yeah I said it. They sign Bridgewater off the street for peanuts, showcased him vs some 2nd and 3rd stringers in preseason then flipped him and a 6th for a 3rd rounder. Not too shabby.

  13. ironsides says:
    August 30, 2018 at 6:34 am
    I like Fales, but Bridgewater is better than Fales and MUCH better than Osweiller (sp?). The Phins missed another opportunity for a good back-up qb.

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    Who is “Fales”? If you mean Nick “Foles”…..do you realize that Foles threw as many TDs (7) in one games as Teddy throws in 8 games?

  14. citpyrc says:
    August 30, 2018 at 7:54 am
    Great story but I’m impressed with the Jets on this one. Yeah I said it. They sign Bridgewater off the street for peanuts, showcased him vs some 2nd and 3rd stringers in preseason then flipped him and a 6th for a 3rd rounder. Not too shabby.
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    Not only that, the Jets were bashed for trading up to “only” the #3 spot in the draft
    and in the end getting the best “rated” QB in the draft.

  15. I’m excited to see what Teddy can do in a non Norv offense. If he sticks around he might end up being a great player in a few years once Brees retires.

    On a side note, Cam Newton is going to absolutely get destroyed playing Norv ball, especially with that O line.

  16. Everyone in MN still loves Teddy. He never was Elite, and didn’t play as good as Case Keenum last year, but he was a winner. He found ways to win. He changed the hope of being a Vikings fan. Before Teddy and Zimmer, the Vikings had Ponder, an ageing defense, and were a terrible team. Teddy came in and brought hope that the team was trending upward, and getting younger. He brought us our first division championship in a long time. A lot of us will always wonder if he could have taken that next step in his third year of starting, and than the injury happened. You can’t help but love this guy. From the Vikings fans, good luck Teddy! We love you.

  17. Though I wish he was Marcus Mariota’s back-up (instead of Blaine Gabbert for crying out loud), I couldn’t be happier for Teddy B. as far as being in a place with a promising future for him. Drew Brees is an ideal mentor and the two of them seem to be a lot alike, both extremely humble, coachable (teachable) and tough men who overcame major injuries early in their careers.

  18. woodstakes says:
    August 30, 2018 at 7:05 am

    Teddy never had a chance to play in a scheme designed around his talents. He was always secondary to AP and stuck in Norv Turners archaic offensive schemes. (good luck with that Cam)

    However Teddy is a winner! He led a team to a division championship over the Rodgers led Packers. He led his team on a game winning drive, completing some very nice passes along the way, in his sole playoff appearance pre-injury, against the Seahawks in God awful cold day. He got them to a less than 30 yard FG attempt… Only to have Blair Walsh pooch it! Now, who knows what happens if they win that game, but while he may have never put up elite QB stats, he’s never been handed an offense like there is in Minnesota now or New Orleans currently, who knows what he CAN be with a OC/HC who has innovative offensive schemes to help him. What he already IS is a winner and good guy!
    ————————————————————————————–The coach who really wanted TB in Minnesota was Turner, turner was the reason MN draft TB. AP created 8 man fronts, teams dared teddy to beat him and he couldnt, he could barely complete a pass beyond 15 yards in the air. The vikings went to GB in 2015 week 17 needing a win to win the division. What they got what 99 yards passing and 0 TDS with 1 int, you think he lead the team to the win? And that game winning “drive” you speak of, he completed 1 pass on that drive not multiple and couldn’t get the team in the endzone not one time in 8 quarters against Seattle. Walsh did miss the kick at the end, he also kicked 3 FG’s to give the team the lead and keep them in it.

  19. hpats says:
    August 30, 2018 at 8:38 am
    ironsides says:
    August 30, 2018 at 6:34 am
    I like Fales, but Bridgewater is better than Fales and MUCH better than Osweiller (sp?). The Phins missed another opportunity for a good back-up qb.

    —————-

    Who is “Fales”? If you mean Nick “Foles”…..do you realize that Foles threw as many TDs (7) in one games as Teddy throws in 8 games?

    —————

    David Fales. He’s a QB on the Miami Dolphins roster. How embarrassing for you.

  20. Remember that QB who filled in for Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay and he threw 5 TDS in ONE game, then Seattle signed him and he was a bust??? One good game does not make a QB.

  21. citpyrc says:

    They sign Bridgewater off the street for peanuts…
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    Just for the sake of accuracy – Teddy Bridgewater’s contract with the Jets was for 3 times what Case Keenum made last year.

    $2 mil for Case in 2017 on a 1 year deal, $6 mil for Teddy this year.

  22. At first glance, getting a 3rd rounder for picking up Teddy off the scrape heap is pretty impressive ….BUT it looks like Teddy is almost 100% healed from his injury, and he IS a pretty good QB. I think when he DOES get a chance to play for the Saints, New Orleans can show the world they basically stole him from the Jets. Lets go Teddy!!!

  23. @minneandrthals

    What does it say for the Packers and Aaron Rodgers if in Teddy’s last regular season game, with the NFC North title on the line at Lambeau Field, that Teddy led the Vikings to victory?

    No, he didn’t have gaudy personal stats (that has never meant much to Teddy), but he did what was needed to win.

    That is how most Viking fans think of Teddy – the ultimate team player and a great competitor.

  24. I would have loved to keep Teddy on the Vikings but he wanted to go someplace where he could compete for the starting job. The Vikings weren’t in a position where they could take a chance on his knee coming back to full health so they had to go with Cousins. Now Teddy finds himself in the same situation he would have been in with the Vikings, so I don’t see him staying in New Orleans as a backup unless it’s clear Brees will retire very soon.

  25. gtodriver says:
    August 30, 2018 at 9:56 am
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    Just for the sake of accuracy – Teddy Bridgewater’s contract with the Jets was for 3 times what Case Keenum made last year.

    $2 mil for Case in 2017 on a 1 year deal, $6 mil for Teddy this year.

    Just for the sake of accuracy – He got $1 million guaranteed. The vast majority of the other money was incentive based that he would never gotten near collecting unless he was the starter. Keeneum gets his money for being on the roster and would have always been the more expensive player given TB isn’t and wasn’t going to be the starter.

    Sorry for your embarrassment,

  26. gtodriver says:
    August 30, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Just for the sake of accuracy – Teddy Bridgewater’s contract with the Jets was for 3 times what Case Keenum made last year.
    $2 mil for Case in 2017 on a 1 year deal, $6 mil for Teddy this year.

    ++++++++

    The original poster was applauding the Jets for getting a third rounder despite a nominal investment in Bridgewater. Which they did. They guaranteed him $1M and if he didn’t work out they could have cut him and lost $1M. Instead he worked out, they paid him less than $1M, got the third rounder, and the other $5M+ is the Saints obligation.

  27. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    August 30, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    I would have loved to keep Teddy on the Vikings but he wanted to go someplace where he could compete for the starting job. The Vikings weren’t in a position where they could take a chance on his knee coming back to full health so they had to go with Cousins.

    ++++++

    Well let’s see, YOU personally were the one who said Zimmer loves this kid and they would be signing him. Then it didn’t happen and you said it must have been Spielman overruling Zimmer. Now it’s “Bridgewater chose to leave to compete for a starting job”. Did the Vikings even make him an offer, by the way?

  28. I miss Teddy but it is what it is. aAreal Trooper(ref to my fave band Iron Maiden). Now I have two teams to cheer for my Vikes and Yes the Saints!

  29. Never have I seen so many people so happy about a backup QB.

    Calm down, guys. Nothing is set in stone here.

  30. packertruth says:
    August 30, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    August 30, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    I would have loved to keep Teddy on the Vikings but he wanted to go someplace where he could compete for the starting job. The Vikings weren’t in a position where they could take a chance on his knee coming back to full health so they had to go with Cousins.

    ++++++

    Well let’s see, YOU personally were the one who said Zimmer loves this kid and they would be signing him. Then it didn’t happen and you said it must have been Spielman overruling Zimmer. Now it’s “Bridgewater chose to leave to compete for a starting job”. Did the Vikings even make him an offer, by the way?
    _______

    I’m flattered and creeped out that you seem to archive every comment I ever made. Do I need a restraining order?

    You understand that I don’t have any inside information, right? I throw out my opinions just like you do. Usually it’s informed by what I’ve read from people who are in the position to know. Zimmer does love him. That’s a fact, not an opinion. My opinion was that they wouldn’t bring back Keenum or Bradford, but would bring back Teddy. It was reported that Zimmer had to be convinced that Teddy’s knee was not as far along as it looked like to him. If they could have gotten him back as the backup, they would have done it in a second. It was Teddy’s decision to leave because the Vikings wouldn’t commit to him to be the starter. Why are you so angry?

  31. He looked like he was on his way to establishing himself as the number 1qb for MN for at least a few years before he got hurt. He looked to be more raw, but capable of enough improvement to stay on the field for the bulk of his prime. The irony of that knee injury is that it probably gives him an opportunity to actually get a ring, freeing him from the curse that is roster success in the Vikings franchise.

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