Teddy Bridgewater chooses the Saints, after all

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Teddy Bridgewater initially decided to re-sign with the Saints. Then he reconsidered. Now he has re-reconsidered.

Per multiple reports, the Saints have signed Bridgewater, who will return for a second season with the team. The decision comes a day after Bridgewater officially visited the Dolphins.

According to ESPN, Bridgewater will sign next week a one-year, fully-guaranteed contract worth $7.25 million.

Miami was in position to offer him the starting job with an asterisk; if they draft a quarterback, Bridgewater may not have been the starter for long. In New Orleans, Bridgewater could in theory succeed Drew Brees as the starter, if Brees leaves after 2019 and if coach Sean Payton stays. Also, Bridgewater presumably will take over during the 2019 season, if Brees were to be injured.

A first-round pick in 2014 of the Vikings, Bridgewater suffered a serious knee injury days before the start of the 2016 season. He became healthy again in 2017, remained on the bench most of the year, and then signed with the Jets as a free agent. The Jets traded him to the Saints for a third-round pick after the Jets drafted Sam Darnold.

Bridgewater likely left money on the table by not joining the Dolphins, but a decision that may have been better for him in the short term may not have been better in the long term, especially if the Dolphins struggle this year — and/or if they use their first-round pick on a quarterback.

34 responses to “Teddy Bridgewater chooses the Saints, after all

  1. Whether he winds up the Saints starter or not, the years spent marinating under Peyton and behind Brees is going to be viewed much more favorably than being the placeholder in the Dolphins tank season.

  2. I know Saints fans don’t want to hear this, but Drew may have hit the Peyton Manning wall towards the end of last season and this may be a rough year. He’s also been lucky to avoid injury for many years. I’d bet solid $ that Teddy Bridgewater will start a real game in 2019. As for those skeptical of Teddy’s skills, wait till he gets a full offseason to show you in August what he can do.

  3. I do not think that this is a good career move. Now he will sit for another year. How many years since he was playing-3? Does anyone think that Brees will retire after next year with the year he just had? Teddy needs to get on the field. Take the Dolphins offer. Especially if he is not hooked up!

  4. That’s a lot of money for a true backup to a QB who who-dat fans think is playing hale & hardy as long as Brady will. This says Saints org aren’t as confident – and frankly they should have drafted a decent QB before now – instead of a swiss-army knife gimmick.

  5. At this point the Dolphins need to restructure Tannehill and keep him.
    There are no better options on the market.
    Maybe they draft a qb this year, maybe next.
    Maybe Luke Falk is a diamond in the rough?

  6. Smart move similar to Tyrod and Rivers, decent money (earn and learn) , Brees is still solid but you will be ready Teddy!

  7. Surprised they paid that much on a 1 year deal. Good deal for Teddy.

    Kind of disappointed he didn’t try to start for Miami. That’s home and his college WR is there.

  8. Do teams just feel sorry for this guy? He was pedestrian when he was healthy and he’s unproven since returning. I don’t get it.

  9. Being a starter in Miami would have been harder… much harder. This was easier in too many ways to count.. but working for Dolphins Inc. is a scary prospect. They haven’t had a clue in 20 years. Yet the opportunity to be a starting NFL QB (witch doesn’t come around often)was there. Will he get another chance? That’s a big maybe for TB now. He wanted easy .. he got The Big Easy.

  10. Let’s see. Dolphins hire an assistant Patriot coach with a guarantee for 5 years of not only money but sabotaging and losing as well. Ross is a complete clown for doing any business with anyone from that organization.

  11. Tannehill has not been cut yet, strange that everyone assumes he is getting cut yet not a single word from the actual team about that.. all the media already has him written off just like they did with Parker, now see where Parker is?? Right back on a 2 year contract. Stay tuned

  12. Dak Prescott, Cody Kessler, Mark Sanchez, Heath Shuler, and Jim Druckenmiller are among the quarterbacks who have larger hands than Aaron Rodgers. So say what you will about Bridgewater, but clearly hand size only counts for so much.

  13. Back up QB, best job in the USA. Ask Mark Herrmann, Charlie Whitehurst, Gary Kubiak, Billy Volek, Blaine Gabbert, Nathan Peterman, Steve Tensi, well….. never mind.

  14. Teddy is proving why he will always be a backup. There is actually another QB on the Saints roster that Coach Sean Payton prefers over Bridgewater that is really next in line. Plus, coach might not be with the Saints next year…

  15. stellarperformance says:
    March 14, 2019 at 7:33 pm
    Do teams just feel sorry for this guy? He was pedestrian when he was healthy and he’s unproven since returning. I don’t get it.
    ———-
    I’m not a fan of Sean Payton, but I’m guessing he knows a lot more than you do.

  16. I love the saints and brees but I have to admit i’m concerned about this as well. His arm strength was Chad Pennington level after about week 10 or so. My hope is sean payton plans accordingly.

    All-American Voltron says:

    March 14, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    I know Saints fans don’t want to hear this, but Drew may have hit the Peyton Manning wall towards the end of last season and this may be a rough year. He’s also been lucky to avoid injury for many years. I’d bet solid $ that Teddy Bridgewater will start a real game in 2019. As for those skeptical of Teddy’s skills, wait till he gets a full offseason to show you in August what he can do.

  17. All-American Voltron says:
    March 14, 2019 at 6:45 pm
    I know Saints fans don’t want to hear this, but Drew may have hit the Peyton Manning wall towards the end of last season and this may be a rough year. He’s also been lucky to avoid injury for many years. I’d bet solid $ that Teddy Bridgewater will start a real game in 2019. As for those skeptical of Teddy’s skills, wait till he gets a full offseason to show you in August what he can do.

    ——-

    See what he can do? We already saw what he can do……he can average fewer than 1 TD per game across two full seasons

  18. Teddy can’t throw deep and the Saints are built on that. After game 12 Bree’s couldn’t throw deep anymore either. That cost them vs the rams.

  19. For years the Fins have over paid for free agents and where has it got them? With Bridgewater, Taylor, they have shown the discipline to offer only what the player was worth. Is it possible Dolphin management has figured out that over paying has no guarantees of winning? Looks likes players will have to earn it in Miami. Taylor and Bridgewater will enjoy the comforts of riding the bench watching other QB’s be the stars of their team.

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