Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had several opportunities during the offseason to join a team where he would be a candidate for a starting spot. Instead, Bridgewater decided to re-sign with the New Orleans Saints and sit behind Drew Brees for one more season.
Bridgewater recently discussed his decision with Luke Johnson of The Times-Picayune and revealed that he was motivated by the opportunity to get better as a football player.
“This is the best opportunity for me to grow as a player,” – said Bridgewater.
While Bridgewater won’t get a chance to play much football in 2019, he will have a chance to learn from one of the best.
“As a competitor you want to be out there starting and competing,” – he added. “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.”
After being the starting quarterback for Minnesota Vikings during his first two years as a pro, Teddy Bridgewater suffered a leg injury which sidelined him for almost two years. Following his recovery, Vikings opted against giving him a new deal, so Bridgewater ended up signing with the New York Jets in 2018.
As the Jets already drafted their quarterback of the future in Sam Darnold, the team decided to trade Bridgewater to New Orleans after he had a strong showing during the preseason games.
Bridgwater’s NFL career stats include 64.6 percent pass completion, 6,268 passing yards and 29 passing touchdowns alongside 403 rushing yards and four rushing TDs.