Teddy Bridgewater Declines Dolphins in Favor of Staying with the Saints

Teddy Bridgewater. Photo by Duncan Williams/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Miami Dolphins made one last attempt to sign free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater but didn’t manage to convince the 26-year-old to change teams. According to Yahoo Sports, Bridgewater snubbed Dolphins and will re-sing with the New Orleans Saints.

Bridgewater will ink a one-year, $7.25 million deal with the Saints, where he will serve as a backup for Drew Brees for a second year in a row. The overall value of the contract might go up to $12.5 million based on incentives.

Dolphins are not exactly happy with Ryan Tannehill’s health and plays in recent seasons, so they intended to sign Teddy Bridgewater and have a competition for a starting quarterback. Bridgewater, who was born in Miami, met with the team on Wednesday but ended up deciding to stick around with the Saints. He is hoping that he might be a successor to Brees once the 40-year-old veteran decides to retire.

Bridgewater started his NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings, who took him 32nd overall in 2014 draft. He played two impressive seasons with the Vikings and led them to playoffs in 2015, but ended up suffering a horrific leg injury in 2016 which sidelined him for almost two years.

Vikings decided not to re-sing Teddy Bridgewater after his contract expired in 2018 and he ended up signing with New York Jets. Bridgewater had a strong showing in the team’s preseason games, but ended up being on the trading block as Jets already intended to give the starting job to Sam Darnold, their third overall pick in 2017 NFL Draft.

Bridgewater ended up with Saints, who gave up a third round pick for him. He made his debut for New Orleans in Week 17, completing 14 out of 22 passes attempted for 118 yards, and a touchdown.