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Miami Dolphins Pursue Teddy Bridgewater

Alex Donno
March 14, 2019 - 1:43 pm

The Miami Dolphins are searching for a veteran starting quarterback for the 2019 season. By all accounts, their search has - at least for the time being - been narrowed down to one name: Teddy Bridgewater. 

The former Miami Northwestern High School standout visited with the Dolphins on Wednesday night, but left without signing a deal. 

Bridgewater appears to have some leverage here, because the New Orleans Saints want to keep him. Bridgewater served as Drew Brees' backup in 2018. Brees just re-structured his deal with the Saints to free up $10.8 million in salary cap space, presumably to re-sign Bridgewater. 

Would the Dolphiins be willing to match an offer of near $11 million to bring Teddy back to South Florida? Probably not, because handing out a $10-plus million dollar free agent deal would eliminate the likely third round compensatory pick they'd receive for Ja'Wuan James leaving Miami for Denver. 

The question might be: How badly does Bridgewater want to be a starter? He'd be that in Miami, while in New Orleans he'd continue to be a backup. It's been said that Bridgewater likes the idea of being the heir apparent to Brees, but no one knows for sure how much longer Brees will play. 

Plus, rumors of Saints head coach Sean Payton becoming a target for the Dallas Cowboys coaching job in 2020 mean Bridgewater risks losing his status with the current Saints staff. 

Will Bridgewater be under center for the 2019 Miami Dolphins? Tune in to 560 WQAM for the latest updates.