Bridgewater returning to Saints despite Dolphins' late push

Teddy Bridgewater Saints

Teddy Bridgewater Saints

The free-agent quarterback was courted by the Miami Dolphins and reportedly visited the AFC East team Wednesday but ultimately opted to return to New Orleans as Drew Brees' potential successor.

Teddy Bridgewater has agreed to re-sign with the New Orleans Saints on a one-year, $7.25 million deal worth up to $12.5 million in incentives.

This is tremendous news for New Orleans, even if it schedules them for further negotiations with Bridgewater in the 2020 offseason.

If Payton stays with the Saints, the plan is for Bridgewater to eventually take over as the team's starting quarterback.

Big things were expected of Bridgewater during his third season, but a gruesome leg injury - in which he nearly lost his leg - caused him to miss the entire 2016 season.

Bridgewater, 26, was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the 2014 National Football League draft. It turns out a return to South Florida isn't off the table for Bridgewater just yet. He went 17-11 in two seasons as the Minnesota Vikings' starter before a broken leg changed the course of his career.

After being released by the Vikings following the 2017 season, Bridgewater joined the New York Jets in March 2018 on a one-year deal.

The Saints restructured Brees' contract Thursday in hopes of creating room under the salary cap to re-sign Bridgewater.

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