Teddy Bridgewater explains why he re-signed with Saints
Teddy Bridgewater could have had a chance to be the starting quarterback of another NFL team, but instead, he chose to re-sign with the New Orleans Saints to remain Drew Brees’ backup.
On Friday, Bridgewater explained his decision to remain in New Orleans:
“What I was able to experience last year drove me to want to experience that again this year,” said Bridgewater, according to Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune.
The Miami Dolphins had expressed heavy interest in Bridgewater as a potential starter, but Bridgewater knows that he has plenty of time left in his career:
“For me, you ultimately play this game to compete and to start, but at the same time, I’m still 26 years old,” he said. “The way I look at it, I’ll have another opportunity to start at some point.”
Remember: a year ago, Bridgewater’s circumstances were completely different, as he was a relative unknown commodity given the fact that he had only thrown two passes over the previous two years due to a devastating knee injury. His original team, the Minnesota Vikings, opted not to re-sign him, opening the door for the New York Jets to take a chance on him. The Jets then traded him to the Saints prior to the start of the 2018 campaign.
“Last year I was just hoping for someone to take a chance on me,” Bridgewater said. “But this year was different, to actually be wanted, it was a great feeling.”
The fact that Brees is 40 years old may also be playing on Bridgewater’s mind, as he might end up getting the chance to start for the Saints sometime down the line.