Bridgewater chooses saints rather than dolphins


METAIRIE, La. – Free quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has decided to stay with the New Orleans Saints as a replacement and potential successor to Drew Brees rather than seeking an immediate starting opportunity with his hometown, Miami Dolphins, sources told Dianna Russini, of ESPN, Thursday.

Bridgewater, 26, has agreed to a $ 7.25 million, one-year contract, with incentives, worth up to 12.5 millions of dollars, told sources to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Bridgewater, from Miami, met the Dolphins in their team's home on Wednesday. But he finally decided to stay in New Orleans, where he spent last season after the Saints traded a third-round pick to win, as well as a sixth of the New York Jets.

The Bridgewater Agreement comes on the occasion of the thirteenth anniversary of the signing of the original agreement between Brees in New Orleans. The choice of Brees was also decided by the Saints and Dolphins – the irony Bridgewater demonstrated while he was tweeting about his decision.

Like Brees, Bridgewater also hopes for a rebirth in the second chapter of his career after suffering a serious injury early in his career.

And Bridgewater is apparently ready to wait to find the perfect long-term fit, even though he's only played one game in the past three seasons.

Bridgewater began his career as the 32nd Minnesota Vikings draft pick in 2014 and led them to the playoffs with an 11-5 record in 2015. But he then suffered a devastating knee injury at the age of eight. summer 2016, heartbreaking. its ACL among other ligaments and structural damage.

It remains to be seen how long Brees, 40, plans to continue playing – and how the Saints plan to continue paying two-quarters. But for the moment, they wanted to keep their long-term options with Bridgewater after being impressed by their brief time together.

Bridgewater signed a one-year incentive-reward contract last March with the Jets, as a free agent, and he impressed during the pre-season. But it became consumable after he decided to leave with rookie Sam Darnold.

Bridgewater then made his first start in almost three years, while the Saints rested Brees among the other starters of the 17th week. Although Bridgewater threw for just 118 yards with a touchdown and interception in a loss to the Carolina Panthers, he continued to show his teams were healthy again.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound athlete scored 6-6 as a beginner and an 11-5 record in 2015 before a playoff loss to Seattle. He had 6,150 yards, 28 touchdowns and 21 steals in both seasons.

The Saints have secured sufficient funds to sign with Bridgewater and newly-signed Malcom Brown's defensive tackler by restructuring the Brees contract – with payroll costs of $ 10.8 million between 2019 and 2020.