Teddy Bridgewater: Staying with Saints about growing “as a player”


Teddy Bridgewater could have been handed a starting job this offseason, or at least entered into a winnable competition.

He chose to be a backup, because he thought that was the better job.

Via Luke Johnson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the veteran quarterback said his decision to stick with the Saints rather than sign with the Dolphins was about his long-term plan.

This is the best opportunity for me to grow as a player,” Bridgewater said.

While backing up Drew Brees means he only gets reps in case of jewelry trials or disasters, Bridgewater found a level of comfort with the Saints last year, clearly had genuine fun being there, and said he developed as a player.

“As a competitor you want to be out there starting and competing,” Bridgewater said. “But I just sat back and I weighed my options and thought about what would be best for me.

“This is an opportunity for me to grow, continue to learn and expand my mental capacity as a football player.”

There’s no guarantee he’ll eventually succeed Brees, but working with a talented coaching staff and having as much fun as he’s obviously having makes it worth the wait for him.

25 responses to “Teddy Bridgewater: Staying with Saints about growing “as a player”

  1. Drew Brees will be the closest he gets to a SB, so yeah keep growing and hold on to those coattails tight.

  2. Starting? For who? Some XFL team? Because no NFL team sees him as a starter. That’s why he re-signed as a back-up. And not even the dimmest of idiots would turn down starting money to take back-up money, just because they like it in a place.

  3. I find it odd that Teddy Bridgewater stays as a backup.
    With scrubs being paid north of 18MM, he should try to be a starter with a 2 year deal.
    Cash in and make 30MM over 2 years. Then go back to being a backup.

  4. Money. Phins are only paying Fitz $5.5M/yr, Teddy was holding a Saint $7.3M/yr offer (all guaranteed), so almost certainly looking for a starter’s fee much higher than Phins offered.

  5. Love Teddy, but the true reason he stayed in LA as a backup is to collect another 4-5 million before truly testing the knee by getting hit. Good Luck kid!

  6. Easy on Teddy. He has made $12mm so far and will earn another $7.5mm this year. $20mm to ride the bench with at least a few more big payday’s in his future. Guy will probably have career earnings approaching $40-50mm dollars off of 1 great season in Minnesota. God Bless America!!

  7. I can see where he is coming from. 1) Staying in the same system. Too many quarterbacks find success with one team, move on and are unable to pick up a new system. 2) He is on a potential playoff contender. 3) If God forbid, something did happen to Drew Brees… he is cemented in as the next starter. 4) the pay for a backup isn’t bad. So yeah, he’s in a good place.

  8. ” I know Brees isn’t going to play much longer. And the rest of the team is already pretty good.”

  9. “… off 1 great season in Minnesota”

    You must be a viking fan. They have a different definition of “great” than everyone else.

  10. Teddy doesn’t dazzle with a strong arm and big stats, but if you know anything about quarterback play you can see that he’s a winner. He is elite on third down, he’s a great leader, he has great anticipation on his throws, and he can move around to avoid the rush. He’s basically the opposite of Kirk Cousins.

  11. Many people trashing Bridgewater for staying with the Saints as a backup
    -He gets to learn from an all time great in Drew Brees
    -He could “inherit” a system with dynamic weapons, a GREAT offensive line, and an offensive minded coach next season
    -He gets to mature, develop, and heal in a positive, winning, locker room environment

    He will eventually get his payday- (BTW he is the one of the highest paid backup QBs in the NFL)but with the Saints, he has a team that is fairly young, talented on both sides of the ball, and prepared to win.
    I think Bridgewater sees the Saints as a much better long term opportunity for success than getting sacked 100 times and losing repeatedly with a rebuilding team.

  12. bordner says:
    June 25, 2019 at 10:23 am
    “… off 1 great season in Minnesota”

    You must be a viking fan. They have a different definition of “great” than everyone else.

    What are you talking about?
    The Magnificent Teddy tossed 28 Tds. against 21 picks for 6,150 yds and a passer rating of 87.3.
    Oh wait…….that’s actually for 2 seasons. My bad.

    I guess I see your point, the Barneys really do have a warped definition of greatness than the normal football fan.

  13. Holding a clip board doesn’t equate to gaining experience. It about playing and proving yourself, that’s how you learn..

  14. ariani1985 says:
    June 25, 2019 at 1:17 pm
    Teddy went 3-0 against Rogers then again who hasn’t beaten him the past 4 years?

    No, he didn’t.
    He actually went 1-2 as a starter against the Rodgers and the Packers.
    Seriously, are you a lying troll, or just ignorant?

  15. filthymcnasty3 says:
    June 25, 2019 at 8:31 am
    I get it. He’s finally getting coaching from a competent staff capable of developing QB skills.
    Yeah right, Teams get lucky drafting a QB or not. Like the Packers had to do anything with Rodgers and Favre! They stumbled into them blind luck. See how successful they were in developing Hundley.
    Teddy is smart, that leg is probably just about healed, and as a starter ONE bad hit and career is OVER. I like Teddy and when he played with Minnesota he didn’t put up gaudy numbers but he did one thing… WIN, especially with that horrible front line. He won with his legs and those are pretty much gone now. His arm alone won’t beat you. Better making 7 or 8 million a year for 12 more years than 20 million for 1 year and a leg mangled beyond use. Good luck Teddy.

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