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Teddy Bridgewater announces he’s returning to New Orleans Saints

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Terry Bridgewater is staying put after all. Despite being courted by the quarterback-needy Miami Dolphins in free agency, the former first-round pick has agreed to return to the New Orleans Saints’ as Drew Brees’ backup, per ESPN’s Diana Russini.

Bridgewater would later confirm the news on Twitter.

ESPN had previously reported that Bridgewater left his meeting with the Dolphins on Wednesday evening without a contract agreement in place. When the Saints re-structured Drew Brees’ contract early Thursday to create an additional $10 million in cap space, it was reported that the team did so in hopes of using some of that additional financial wiggle room to bring back Bridgewater.

According to Russini, Bridgewater was only going to sign with Miami for “life-changing money,” an offer that wasn’t made to him by the Dolphins.

Bridgewater was once considered the Minnesota Vikings’ franchise quarterback. He threw for 3,231 yards, 14 touchdowns, and nine interceptions as a sophomore in 2015, helping Minnesota finish with an 11-5 record and make the playoffs. Bridgewater was lackluster in his team’s 10-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, though, throwing for just 146 yards despite going 17-of-24.

On August 30th, 2016, just days away from the start of the regular season, Bridgewater suffered a devastating non-contact injury to his left leg. Testing revealed that he tore his ACL, dislocated his knee joint, and incurred significant additional structural damage to his knee. He sat out the entirety of the 2016 season, and was released following 2017.

Bridgewater, 26, joined the Saints on August 29th, 2018 in a trade with the New York Jets that sent a sixth-round pick to the Meadowlands. He appeared in five games last season, starting one, finishing with 118 yards passing, one touchdown, and one interception while completing 14-of-23 passes.