A starting job or closer to a Super Bowl? Comfort or money?
Teddy Bridgewater made his decision.
The free-agent quarterback is expected to re-sign with the Saints, NFL Network reported Tuesday, leaving more money on the table from Miami, where he likely would have been the starter.
Instead, he’ll spend another season holding Drew Brees’ clipboard. Brees is 40, though he has shown no sign of slowing down, putting together a third-straight Pro Bowl year and finishing with a league-best 115.7 QB rating. Brees has said he feels he can play until he’s 45, which isn’t the most ridiculous notion for a quarterback who doesn’t rely on arm strength. Whether Brees does want to play that long is unclear, and he is scheduled to be a free agent next year.
Whenever Brees is finished, or finished with the Saints, it appears Bridgewater wants to be his successor. The former Louisville star started one game last season — a meaningless Week 17 one — in which he went 14-of-22 for 118 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
With the Dolphins, who are shopping Ryan Tannehill, Bridgewater likely would have been the unquestioned starter for the first time since 2015, when he was a Vikings Pro Bowler. But the 26-year-old will wait his turn, still biding time after a devastating knee injury in 2016 cost him multiple seasons.
The Jets took a flier on Bridgewater last offseason before Sam Darnold became their future, and New Orleans acquired him as insurance for a third-round pick.