Teddy Bridgewater reflects on emotional season with Saints
New Orleans Saints backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had quite the roller-coaster season in 2019.
Bridgewater signed a one-year deal with the Saints back in March, but the highest-paid backup in the league would quickly receive his opportunity to make an impact when Drew Brees suffered a broken thumb in Week 2 against the Los Angeles Rams.
The 27-year-old made the most of his chance, leading the team to wins in each of his next five starts and throwing nine touchdowns against two interceptions in those five games.
While Brees healed up and regained the starting spot, the Saints likely would not have even reached the playoffs were it not for Bridgewater’s heroics.
Teddy Bridgewater posted an emotional message on Instagram on Sunday, saying the 2019 Saints will always hold a “special” place in his heart:
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I’ve had a hard time accepting the fact that the season ended the way it did. But I’ve finally come to a realization that the 2019 season is over for us. Coach Payton always talked about teams walking together for life, especially the ones who complete the ultimate task of winning a Super Bowl. Although we came up short this year, this 2019 Saints team will always hold a special place in my heart. This season allowed me to release many tears and other emotions I’ve been holding in since 2016 and it felt great to finally let it all out. I’ve danced and smiled because I know the center of my joy comes from the Lord, but in 2019 a lot of that joy came from my teammates, this organization and this city! I’m excited about what tomorrow will bring, tap in! #NoBadDays
The former Louisville man faces a somewhat uncertain future as he enters free agency yet again this Spring.
Teddy Bridgewater probably did enough to prove he deserves a shot at starting in the NFL, but the Saints might also show interest in trying to bring him back because of the equally uncertain nature of Brees’ future.
There is the possibility a number of teams will be looking for new quarterbacks in 2020, especially depending on the decisions made by Brees, Tom Brady and Philip Rivers. The choices that each of the veterans make might open up the market for Teddy Bridgewater to sign with any number of teams.
Regardless, it is clear Teddy Bridgewater seized the moment with the Saints, something he showed the utmost appreciation for on Sunday.
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