Who else was pursuing Teddy Bridgewater?

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With the Saints giving up a third-round pick for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (and a sixth-rounder), it’s fair to wonder whether other teams were pursuing the former Vikings starter.

It’s still not clear whether that was the case. Multiple sources have suggested the Dolphins pursued Bridgewater. Others insist the Dolphins didn’t.

The Jaguars, per one source, also were involved to some degree. The specific extent isn’t known.

Regardless, no one was planning to make Bridgewater a starter. And, in theory, he could still be traded by the Saints to another team, if that team’s starting quarterback suffers a serious injury.

Otherwise, the Saints have a chance to fully and completely assess Bridgewater as a future starter. Given how hard it is to find a true franchise quarterback, the Saints are basically rolling the dice in the hopes of finding a guy who could take over for Drew Brees if need be, and man the position for a decade or longer.

22 responses to “Who else was pursuing Teddy Bridgewater?

  1. Not likely a guy with a bad knee is going to be the permanent replacement for Brees. More likey he assumes a role similar to Tyrod Taylor for a year before the eventual draft pick takes over.

  2. This would seem to kill the Kaepernick collusion grievance. If no one wants to make Bridgewater a starter, why would any of those same teams want a guy who was about to be cut by the 49ers, who were at the time about the worst team in the NFL.

  3. “The Jaguars, per one source, also were involved to some degree. The specific extent isn’t known.”

    It’s “not known” because it’s non-existent and was a story made up to get someone to pay more. The Jaguars had no need to get a guy who wasn’t likely to beat out the backup they already traded for and would be gone in one year. They can use the picks to keep picking up guys who’d actually contribute to the team.

    Seriously, only the media and some knuckleheads were dumb enough to think the Jags would pursue Bridgewater. They weren’t about to make him the starter, given that they already committed to a guy who led them to the AFC Championship, a guy who has the backing of the locker room as well. Undercutting all of that would destroy the players’ faith in the front office and create a distraction. So Bridgewater would at best be a one-year rental as a backup. And sure, a guy who’s an “eh” QB who won’t screw up *too* much while contributing very little in scoring might seem like a decent backup, but, again, the Jaguars already traded for a younger guy who’s shown the ability to do that, and did a solid job in the preseason just like Bridgewater. Pretty much no one who put any thought into things considered the Jaguars to have any actual interest in Bridgewater.

    But it’s good to claim they did, to push a story, and to try to get a team to pay more to get the QB who only got one bite in free agency from a team who then couldn’t wait to ditch him (which, really, tells you all you need to know about him, even before you look at his record and realize how unimpressive his time with the Vikings was).

  4. From the recent talk by Loomis and Payton, they are expecting Drew to continue at QB for at least a few more years with 5 years being the only number either mentions. So, if Drew remains healthy and as QB for the Saints for 5 more years, can they be actually looking for someone who will sit for 5 years, and then play for 10 more? If Teddy can come into games and give Drew a break, his longevity will probably be lengthened, not shortened.

  5. Teddy is a great kid but is no Drew Brees. Teddy doesn’t have a huge arm but is accurate from 5-20 yards or so after that He needs to Rainbow it causing the receiver to slow. he never could hit receivers on a dead run. Another thing he is going to be very limited scrambling, and will always need to wear a hard brace on that leg….. I sure wish him well and who knows proper weight room work could build up that right arm, he is only 25.

  6. Why do we talk so much about him? I don’t get it? He hasn’t played in forever. When he did he was a noodle arm floater style passer who can’t see over the center and has small hands. I mean he’s a great guy, but I don’t get all the press for this guy.

  7. That certainly clears up the Kaepernick grievance. If not one single team is willing to make Bridgewater a starter, why would they be expected to sign Kaepernick, who was about to get cut by the 49ers (about the worst team in the league at the time) before he made himself a political cause?

  8. mikefromtexas says:
    September 1, 2018 at 9:25 am
    That certainly clears up the Kaepernick grievance. If not one single team is willing to make Bridgewater a starter, why would they be expected to sign Kaepernick, who was about to get cut by the 49ers (about the worst team in the league at the time) before he made himself a political cause?
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    Really has no relevance.

    1) The Kap thing has been going on for multiple years now. You could argue it shows *this year* that there is no spot for him because of Teddy not starting, but it goes nothing towards every other year, really every other game of those years because each one is a new/separate situation.

    2) Teddy is coming off an extreme injury, and Kap isn’t. There clearly still is doubt about Teddy being recovered, or else it would have taken more than a third round pick to get him. He was a *first* round pick who *had proven himself as a starter* before the injury, so only getting a third for him makes that doubt from teams completely obvious.

    3) Teddy is 17-11 as a starter, which is great albeit a small sample, and he’s got a 65% completion percentage. Every other stat goes Kap’s way. More playoff experience (4-2 vs none for Teddy), literally a point higher TD:interception ratio (2.4 vs 1.4), Kap also has the rushing stats. They’re basically even in yards per attempt. This is all to say to make it seem like Teddy is a much better quarterback is disingenuous.

  9. Asdas:
    Your argument makes no sense. When we last saw Kaep play, he had played himself out of the league and was about to be cut. Bridgewater, as you point out, was 17-11 as a starter and is recovered from his knee injury.
    If Kaep hadn’t created a political sensation, no one would be talking about how he should be in the league. He’d be just like all the other near misses who washed out.

  10. I’m reading these comments. Smh

    Teddy is a one year insurance policy that may mature into the future franchise qb. It took a third round pick with a sixth round pick to get him in the building.

    Delusional-
    Brees will play until he’s 45. That’s agent talk during contract negotiations.

    Unlikely to happen-
    If a team’s contending for a super bowl run this year and the starting qb goes down before trade deadline, the Saints will receive multiple picks for Teddy.

    Bridgewater bolts for another team at the end of the season, without serious consideration to learn from Brees for one more year-2019.

    Teddy stays with Saints, with knowledge that he’s the future starter. This will require an extension or new contract; likely a one year deal.

    Likely-
    The Saints found an heir apparent to Drew Brees and since the Saints have a team option on Brees for next season, they can evaluate Brees’ 2018 performance and opt in for another run with Brees or turn to Teddy and sign him as the starter.

  11. they already committed to a guy who led them to the AFC Championship, a guy who has the backing of the locker room as well
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    First, Bortles didnt lead anyone anywhere. If left to him they would have finished last in the division. And last I checked, the goal isnt to make it to the AFC Championship, but win it. He’s garbage and a Jax Beach drunk.

    And I take it you dont know anyone in the locker room. See how long the love lasts when Bortles is throwing pick-sixes and the defense is forced to win games. You know, like all of last year.

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