Teddy Bridgewater, Saints Agree to 1-Year, $7.2M Contract amid Dolphins Rumors

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMarch 14, 2019

New Orleans Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) warms up before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
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The best free-agent quarterback still on the market is gone after Teddy Bridgewater agreed to return to the New Orleans Saints.

Bridgewater announced his decision on Twitter on Thursday. ESPN's Adam Schefter cited colleague Dianna Russini while reporting the news.

Teddy Bridgewater @teddyb_h2o

“Run it back Turbo..” https://t.co/NsvF1x00KG

According to Schefter, Bridgewater agreed to a fully guaranteed, one-year contract worth $7.25 million:

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Teddy Bridgewater’s 1-year, $7.5 million deal with the Saints also has a maximum value of $12.5 million dollars with incentives, per source. https://t.co/03x2dPFxcg

Bridgewater has been trying to work his way back into a more prominent role after a horrific knee injury with the Minnesota Vikings during training camp in August 2016 knocked his career off course. 

"It's mangled," Dr. Dan Cooper told ESPN.com's Ian O'Connor of Bridgewater's injury. "You make the skin incision, and there's nothing there. It's almost like a war wound. Everything is blown."

After appearing in the 2017 regular-season finale with the Vikings, Bridgewater signed a one-year deal with the New York Jets last year. He showed promise during the preseason, throwing for 316 yards and two touchdowns in four games. 

Pro Football Focus @PFF

Teddy Bridgewater has been impressive so far this preseason! https://t.co/Tc0qJVubGa https://t.co/aLuQp86N0o

Bridgewater's performance caught the eye of the New Orleans Saints, who acquired him late in the preseason for a third-round draft pick. The 26-year-old appeared in five games last season, including his first start since 2015 in Week 17.

Bridgewater returning to the Saints ends a whirlwind period for the veteran quarterback. 

Per NFL Network's Jane Slater, Bridgewater seemed to be on the verge of returning to the Saints despite having a bigger contract offer from Miami:

Jane Slater @SlaterNFL

Teddy Bridgewater expected to re-sign with the New Orleans Saints despite a bigger deal on the table from Miami. I’m told Bridgewater values the locker room culture and prospect of one day becoming the Saints starting QB per source informed. #Saints

When free agents were allowed to sign contracts at 4 p.m. ET on March 13, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reported Bridgewater was at the Dolphins facilities meeting with the team. 

Even though the Saints can't offer Bridgewater a starting job in 2019 due to the presence of Drew Brees, there are plenty of reasons to explain his decision. 

Brees is 40 years old and likely won't have many more years on the field. When Bridgewater's opportunity to start arrives, he should have an easy transition thanks to the presence of stars like Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas.