It looks like Saints backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is staying in New Orleans after all, according to ESPN’s Dianna Russini.
Russini tweeted Thursday afternoon that Bridgewater made the choice to re-up with the Saints over the Miami Dolphins. He will sign a one-year, $7.725 million contract that’s fully guaranteed, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
“While Teddy Bridgewater listened and did have interest in playing for the Miami Dolphins, he has decided to stay in New Orleans as a backup to Drew Brees per source,” Russini said. Russini also said the only way Bridgewater would take the Miami job was if it was “life-changing money,” which it was not.
Bridgewater seemed to confirm the news of the upcoming official announcement of his re-signing in a series of tweets just before Russini’s report.
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The first referenced Drew Brees’ historic signing with the franchise on the same day 13 years prior, when he also chose the Saints over the Dolphins.
“13 years later, I’m trying to see if history will repeat itself in my favor at some point,” Bridgewater tweeted, alluding to him taking over as the Saints’ starting quarterback once Brees retires.
Minutes later, Bridgewater made the news more clear with a photo of himself in a Saints jersey with the caption “Run it back Turbo..” — a play on the producer tag for Atlanta hip-hop producer Turbo.
Bridgewater, considered one of the top free agent quarterbacks on the market this season, was acquired by the Saints last August for a third-round pick in a trade with the New York Jets.
The Miami native made 1 start in 5 games played during his one-year-stop in New Orleans, completing 14 of 23 passes for 118 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
The Saints also agreed to a new five-year deal with kicker Wil Lutz, and inked linebacker Craig Robertson and safety Chris Banjo to contract extensions.