Teddy Bridgewater

Seth Dunlap, WWL.com

Saints QB Teddy Bridgewater happy to feel wanted in New Orleans

Seth Dunlap
August 01, 2019 - 2:16 pm

It was less than a year ago when the Saints made a trade with the Jets to acquire quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.  The team had a need for a solid, veteran backup to Drew Brees and paid a fairly heft price, a third round draft pick, to get Bridgewater in New Orleans.

Bridgewater could have been the ultimate rent-a-player, as he entered unrestricted free agency this offseason.  While he had opportunities to compete for starting jobs elsewhere, including in Miami, eventually he re-signed with New Orleans to be the backup again to Brees.  It's not a decision every quarterback would have made, but Bridgewater explained how feeling wanted and appreciated by this franchise factored into his decision.

"It was a great feeling to be wanted.  About a year and a half ago I didn't know where I'd end up," Bridgewater explained. 

His head coach, Sean Payton, emphasized earlier in camp just how much he was worried the team would lose Bridgewater in free agency. 

“I was down in the Bahamas and had a four-hour meeting with his agent,” Payton said. "We happened to be down in the Bahamas at the same time, I drove to see him and yeah we wanted keep him here. " 

The deal eventually got done, and Payton has been expansive in how important having the veteran quarterback return was to the team.  Bridgewater has taken notice of his coach's support.  

"It's great to have a guy who will stand on the table for you and show you that he wants you.  He's like that for all of his guys.  To have a coach like that, you want to play for a guy like that.  We love coming to work every day for Sean.  He makes practice friendly for us as a player, he takes care of us.  We reward him by working hard.  To have that relationship with your head coach is pretty spectacular."

While Bridgewater is only on a one year deal with the Saints, he's widely expected to compete for the starting job should Brees retire this offseason.  Right now, however, he remains an ancillary, but important, piece to a team expected to contend for a championship again this season.

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