The Dolphins search for veteran quarterback has taken an interesting turn on Wednesday evening. This as Miami is apparently focused on South Florida native and former Vikings starter turned Saints backup, Teddy Bridgewater.
Ben Volin of the Boston Globe had the info out first on Wednesday afternoon that Bridgewater would be coming to South Florida to meet with the Dolphins:
A league source says that QB Teddy Bridgewater is visiting the Dolphins at their training facility this afternoon. Reports of him signing with the Saints yesterday were premature
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) March 13, 2019
Bridgewater has had an odyssey from both a serious injury and a football-playing standpoint. He suffered a serious knee injury in a non-contact situation during a Vikings practice leading up to the 2016 season. Bridgewater missed all of that year after reconstructive surgery.
He eventually returned to the Vikings, as a backup, during their 2017 playoff run, which was led by Case Keenum. Bridgewater was then signed by the New York Jets as a free agent last March, but ultimately traded to the Saints as a backup for Drew Brees.
So, he hasn’t really played meaningful football in going on three seasons, but it’s believed he’s fully healed and maybe a very viable option for the Dolphins. His best season was 2015, when he went 11-5 throwing for 3,200 yards and 14 TDs.
Bridgewater is a Miami native and a Northwestern High School star, who later excelled at Louisville before being drafted by the Vikings.
The Dolphins are ramping up their pursuit of Bridgewater after another possible veteran option, Tyrod Taylor is now off the market. Taylor, who quarterbacked the Cleveland Browns for part of last year before being benched, but also is the former Bills starter, ended up signing with the LA Chargers on Wednesday.
Taylor will now back up Philip Rivers for an L.A. team that made the playoffs last season.
Miami is expected to release starter but off injured quarterback Ryan Tannehill with his large $19 million 2018 price tag at some point soon. Besides Tannehill, the Dolphins don’t currently have an experienced NFL QB, who has started games, on their roster.
Bridgewater made $5 million as the Saints backup last year, and would see a hefty raise, if he’s lured.
The Dolphins confirmed that their meeting with Bridgewater took place Wednesday night, but he didn’t agree to a deal. At least, yet:
We have completed our free agent visit with QB Teddy Bridgewater.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) March 14, 2019
And now, we’ll see how good GM Chris Grier and new coach Brian Flores are at a sales job to convince Bridgewater to sign with them vs. anyone else he might talk to or the Saints?
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