The New Orleans Saints will have a franchise-altering offseason as they’ll likely re-sign Drew Brees yet be forced to watch Teddy Bridgewater walk.
Ever since Drew Brees announced his return, it was obvious that the New Orleans Saints were going to welcome him back with open arms. Well, that return will undoubtedly force Teddy Bridgewater to head elsewhere.
Well, part of it is that Bridgewater will want to be a starting quarterback.
Time is running out for the 27-year-old who led the Saints to a flawless 5-0 during the 2019 season. Bridgewater stepped is a Brees was out with a thumb injury. He started Week 3 through Week 7, winning all five appearances.
Another reason is that the money that it would take to bring Bridgewater back to the Big Easy just isn’t there this offseason.
The Saints have around $12 million in available cap space, and they still need to re-sign Brees. They’ll also be looking to re-sign players like Vonn Bell all while also having to retain the money needed to match any contract that comes in for Taysom Hill.
The Saints knows he’s gone, and other NFL franchises also know Bridgewater basically has his bags packed. That said, we now know that the market for Bridgewater is there and that it’s starting to heat up.
Pro Football Talk’s Peter King confirmed team’s potential interest in him said that the “market is warming up” for New Orleans Saints’ Teddy Bridgewater.
Bridgewater threw for nine touchdowns and just two interceptions in those five starts. Aside from that, prior to his injury, Bridgewater was a Pro Bowl-caliber quarterback. Getting back to that level took time, but it appears he’s nearing it again.
Combine his play and passion to win, and it’s easy to see why teams are starting to target Bridgewater. Indianapolis, Miami, and Los Angeles have all been linked as the quintessential destinations for Bridgewater.
That said, free agency starts on March 18, and prior to that date, we should have more on what teams are truly thinking about giving the checkbook to Bridgewater.