New Orleans Saints: Teddy Bridgewaters hints at possible return
New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Teddy Bridgewater may have hinted that this offseason will reflect the last year’s, a hint that he may return to the Big Easy.
Teddy Bridgewater is a free agent, and the New Orleans Saints would like to re-sign him.
Or, at the very least, they’d be crazy to not want Bridgewater back after he led them to five straight victories as Drew Brees missed time with a thumb injury earlier on in the season.
However, they may not have the money nor want to spend the money they do have on Bridgewater. That’s why many are assuming that the capable starter head elsewhere, potentially to a place that’ll give him the money and opportunity he craves.
The combination of those two is something that made many scratch their heads when he did indeed return to New Orleans last offseason. Well, could he return again? I wouldn’t count it out quite yet.
Bridgewater told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday (h/t Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk).
"“Last year everyone said I turned down X amount of dollars to go back to New Orleans. Honestly, for me, I’m a businessman but I’m a smart businessman. I don’t make decisions with my heart, I use my brain to think things through. Last year I made the decision to return to New Orleans and it worked out for the better for me. This year, it’s one of those deals where like I said it’ll be the same thing. I don’t try to make any decision of the impulse of my heart. I think things through and go from there.”"
With one four-touchdown performance, Bridgewater ended the 2019 season with nine touchdowns and a mere two interceptions. He was 5-0 as a starter with almost 1,400 yards on the season.
The former Pro Bowler has a track record of success but was thrown away by just about every NFL team after debilitating knee injuries. A successful rehab has arguably brought him back even stronger than before.
Bridgewater will likely be seeking at least eight figures from New Orleans. He was brought back this past season for $7.25 million, and after such performances, teams will be looking to pay the 28-year-old.
As he noted, he’s in the same place, but will he make the same decision?
For now, that’s still unknown.
As for Saints fans, let’s just hope that he’s not overly concerned about becoming a starter elsewhere and willing to take one more season behind future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees.
I wouldn’t be overly positive that that’s his mindset though.