Teddy Bridgewater listens to Dolphins, but will return to Saints as backup

Safid Deen, Sun Sentinel on

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DAVIE, Fla. -- After returning to the negotiating table, Teddy Bridgewater and the Miami Dolphins will go their separate ways.

Instead of playing for his hometown Dolphins, Bridgewater will continue his course with the New Orleans Saints under coach Sean Payton with hopes to succeed quarterback Drew Brees as the future Saints starter.

"13 years later, I'm trying to see if history will repeat itself in my favor at some point," Bridgewater posted from his Twitter account on Thursday, addressing how Brees spurned the Dolphins to sign a 6-year, $60 million deal to join the Saints on the same date in 2006.

Bridgewater's new deal with New Orleans is not as lucrative. ESPN first reported he agreed to a one-year deal worth up to $12.5 million, with $7.5 million guaranteed.

Details of Bridgewater's second offer from the Dolphins are not known at this time. He visited the Dolphins facility Wednesday night, one day after rejecting Miami's initial two-year, $10 million offer on Tuesday.

Bridgewater and the Dolphins were unable to agree to a new deal so the 2014 first-round pick could compete as a starting quarterback while Miami rebuilds its roster this offseason.


Miami intends to draft a future franchise quarterback in the 2019 and/or 2020 NFL drafts, and could have relied on Bridgewater to bridge the gap.

Instead, seven-year veteran Ryan Tannehill remains on the Dolphins roster with inexperienced quarterbacks Luke Falk and Jake Rudock also under contract.

Miami hopes to trade or release Tannehill, who led the Dolphins to a 42-46 record as a starter since being drafted as their first round pick in 2012.

If Miami cuts Tannehill, it would likely be as a June 1 designation in order to save $18.75 million in salary-cap space. If Miami releases him earlier, it would save $13.1 million.


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