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Teddy Bridgewater could reportedly get $30 million per year on open market

Teddy Bridgewater

The New Orleans Saints are hoping to bring Teddy Bridgewater back in 2020, but it is starting to look like the quarterback could price his way out of town.

Bridgewater is expected to generate plenty of interest on the free agent market as a starting quarterback, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported on Monday. Some teams may even be willing to pay Bridgewater $30 million per year, which would place him among the highest-paid players at the position.

All that really matters with NFL contracts is guaranteed money, so a $30 million salary could end up sounding like a lot more than it actually is. Still, that is a good indicator that there are clearly teams who consider Bridgewater a starter, which was not unexpected.

Bridgewater is now several years removed from his devastating knee injury, and he played well in place of an injured Drew Brees last season. He threw for 1,370 yards, nine touchdowns and just two interceptions in six games. The Saints went 5-1 during that span, with Bridgewater keeping them in the playoff hunt.

There have been reports that Bridgewater wants to remain in New Orleans and will only leave for a perfect situation, but it would be extremely hard for him to turn down $30 million per year and a starting job no matter which team offered it.


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