The New Orleans Saints announced today that they have agreed to terms with QB Teddy Bridgewater. The announcement was made by Saints' Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.
Bridgewater, 6-2, 215, is a five-year NFL veteran, who was selected in the first round (32nd overall) of the NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings in 2014 out of Louisville. He has appeared in 35 career NFL games with 29 starts, completing 565-of-874 passes (64.6%) with 29 touchdowns and 23 interceptions, also carrying 105 times for 403 yards with four touchdowns. Playing for the Vikings from 2014-17, the Miami, Fla. native served as the Vikings' starter his first two seasons, capturing NFL Rookie of the Year honors and being named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team in 2014. The following season, he opened all 16 regular season games and completed 292-of-447 passes (65.3%) for 3,231 yards with 14 passing touchdowns and three rushing touchdowns, as he was named to the Pro Bowl and led the Vikings to the NFC North title. After suffering a season-ending knee injury in the 2016 preseason, Bridgewater returned to action midway through the 2017 campaign.
Signing with the New York Jets in the 2018 offseason, Bridgewater completed 28-of-38 passes (73.7%) for 316 yards, two touchdowns and a 104.7 passer rating in the preseason, prior to being acquired by New Orleans before to the final exhibition. He played in five regular season games with one start in the regular season finale vs. Carolina, completing 14-of-23 passes (60.9%) for 118 yards with one touchdown.
At Louisville, Bridgewater won back-to-back Big East Conference titles (2011-2012) and led Louisville to three bowl appearances, winning two - the 2012 Allstate Sugar Bowl over fourth-ranked Florida and the 2013 Russell Athletic Bowl over Miami. In his last two seasons, he guided the Cardinals to a 23-3 record. The school's all-time completion percentage leader (68.4%), Bridgewater was a second-team All-ACC selection, completing 303-of-427 passes (71.0) for 3,970 yards with 31 touchdowns and only four interceptions. In 2012, he was named the Big East Conference Offensive Player of the Year, completing 287-of-419 passes (68.5 pct.) for 3,718 yards with 27 touchdowns and eight interceptions.