Teddy Bridgewater reportedly turns down bigger Miami offer to return to Saints

Teddy Bridgewater is originally from Miami, and had an offer to come home and presumably be the Dolphins starting quarterback.

Bridgewater must like it in New Orleans, because he decided to be the Saints’ backup instead.

NFL Network’s Jane Slater reported that Bridgewater passed on a “bigger deal on the table” from the Dolphins to return to the Saints (for what it’s worth, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reported the Dolphins “were not big players” for Bridgewater). With that, Bridgewater remains in line to be the heir apparent to Drew Brees, whenever Brees retires.

Teddy Bridgewater stays with the Saints

Bridgewater has a fascinating story. The former first-round pick suffered a devastating knee injury before the 2016 season. He missed that season, barely played in 2017, but had a good preseason with the Jets last year. The Saints traded a third-round pick to the Jets for Bridgewater and a sixth-round pick.

That looked like a strange trade at the time for the Saints, because Bridgewater was on a one-year deal, Brees has been very durable and didn’t have any obvious plans to retire. It seemed the Saints were giving up a third-round pick for one year of Bridgewater as a backup.

But the Saints read the situation well. Not many teams are looking for a starting quarterback. Bridgewater could have gone to a shaky situation in Miami, but the best option was sticking with the Saints and waiting on Brees to retire to take over.

The Saints played it pretty well.

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WR Odell Beckham Jr.

Traded from the New York Giants to the Cleveland Browns

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RB Le'Veon Bell

Left the Pittsburgh Steelers in free agency to sign with the New York Jets

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QB Joe Flacco

Traded from the Baltimore Ravens to the Denver Broncos

(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

QB Case Keenum

Traded from the Denver Broncos to the Washington Redskins

(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

WR Antonio Brown

Traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Oakland Raiders

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DE Trey Flowers

Left the New England Patriots in free agency to sign with the Detroit Lions

(Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

OT Trent Brown

Left the New England Patriots in free agency to sign with the Oakland Raiders

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WR Danny Amendola

Left the Miami Dolphins in free agency to join the Detroit Lions

(Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)

S Landon Collins

Left the New York Giants in free agency to sign with the Washington Redskins

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WR DeSean Jackson

Traded from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Philadelphia Eagles 

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OL Terrell Suggs

Left the Baltimore Ravens in free agency to join the Arizona Cardinals

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RB Frank Gore

Left the Miami Dolphins in free agency to sign with the Buffalo Bills

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QB Nick Foles

Left the Philadelphia Eagles in free agency to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars

(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

LB C.J. Mosley

Left the Baltimore Ravens in free agency to sign with the New York Jets

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

WR Jamison Crowder

Left the Washington Redskins in free agency to sign with the New York Jets

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TE Jesse James

Left the Pittsburgh Steelers in free agency to sign with the Detroit Lions

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S Eric Weddle

Left the Baltimore Ravens in free agency to sign with the Los Angeles Rams

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RB Carlos Hyde

Left the Jacksonville Jaguars in free agency to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs

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DE Michael Bennett

Traded from the Philadelphia Eagles to the New England Patriots

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Why did Bridgewater turn down the Dolphins?

Most quarterbacks, especially after going through what Bridgewater did with his injury, wouldn’t turn down more money to start elsewhere. But the Dolphins are in a strange spot, with most reporters in South Florida believing they want to tank for a quarterback in next year’s draft. The pursuit of Bridgewater perhaps indicates they’re not in tank mode, though the Dolphins still aren’t close to contention.

Bridgewater liked the locker room culture in New Orleans, according to Slater’s report, and he seemed to be well liked by his teammates. His “bike life” celebration dance in the Saints locker room after wins was one of the most fun things about the 2018 season. He’s in a good spot, and it’s hard to fault him for wanting to remain there.

Bridgewater is betting that he gets his chance in New Orleans soon enough. It’s not talked about a lot with the stale and predictable griping about quarterback play in the NFL, but there aren’t many teams looking for a starting quarterback. Bridgewater didn’t have a ton of options. So he chose the best one to suit himself, and that was staying in a reserve role in New Orleans, for the time being.

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Frank Schwabis a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

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