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Rumor: Teddy Bridgewater likely leaving Saints now that Drew Brees is returning

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On Tuesday, Drew Brees announced he would be returning to the New Orleans Saints for the 2020 NFL season, which will probably mark an end to Teddy Bridgewater’s time in the Bayou.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Bridgewater will likely be leaving the Saints in free agency this offseason, something that would come as a surprise to no one.

Bridgewater started five games for the Saints this past season, filling in for Brees while he was sidelined with a thumb injury. During that time, Bridgewater led New Orleans to a 5-0 record and threw for 1,384 yards, nine touchdowns and a couple of interceptions while completing 67.9 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 99.1.

It seems almost certain that some NFL team will give Bridgewater the chance to be a full-time starter during the offseason, and that would not be uncharted territory for the 27-year-old.

Remember: Bridgewater spent the first five years of his career with the Minnesota Vikings and was actually named the club’s starting quarterback during his rookie campaign.

As soon as his second season, Bridgewater made the Pro Bowl and led the Vikings to a playoff appearance and appeared to be a young signal-caller on the rise before a devastating offseason knee injury derailed his Minnesota career.

Teddy Bridgewater missed all of 2016 and played in just one game in 2017 before signing with the New York Jets in March 2018. However, the Louisville product’s stint with the Jets was brief, as New York traded him to New Orleans later that summer.