Saints Should Bring Back Teddy Bridgewater to Save Their Season

Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater went 5-0 as a starter during his lone season with the New Orleans Saints in 2019. Would they bring him back?
Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater went 5-0 as a starter during his lone season with the New Orleans Saints in 2019. Would they bring him back? / Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Upon the news that the Denver Broncos shipped their 8-time Pro Bowl linebacker Von Miller to the L.A. Rams for two second-day draft picks on Monday morning, our guy Reed Wallach wrote up his top three Broncos that should be next to go.

I agreed with all three players he mentioned, but there was one name noticeably absent from the list: quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. And if the New Orleans Saints were to call about bringing him back from 2019, the Broncos should unequivocally say, "yes."

"Teddy Covers" has been the steady hand Denver had hoped for this season; going 4-4 through the first eight games, throwing 13 touchdowns to just 5 interceptions, and holding a career high in passer rating at over 100.6. This despite injuries to one of their top receivers in Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler, an inconsistent offensive line, and a bizarre rotation of running backs behind him in Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams.

But after the move to move Miller out of town, it's evident that Denver would rather get out of NFL purgatory and begin a full rebuilding process, likely with a new quarterback in the not-too-distant future.

The Saints, meanwhile, just lost Jameis Winston for the season to a torn ACL, and have Super Bowl aspirations. They just took down the defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their home dome on Sunday, and remain just a half game back of Tampa at 5-2 in the division. The Saints' defense is top-4 in the NFL in points allowed, and while their offense is 13th, they only rank 29th in yards gained.

Bridgewater went 5-0 during his time in 2019 as the starter for Drew Brees and has shown he can not only stabilize an offense, but energize and 'take it up a notch' as well.

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An aqusition of Bridgewater would net the Broncos even more draft capital to potentially move up in this year's draft and select their quarterback of the future. In a rebuilding year, hand the keys off to Drew Lock, and see if he can make the most of his opportunity.

The Broncos opened at +2500 to win the Super Bowl at WynnBET this season, but heading into Week 8, they've fallen all the way to +15000. Even sitting at .500 in what appears to be a winnable division, Denver has made its decision by trading Miller at the halfway point to no longer contend, even if they thought he wouldn't sign long term. Trading Teddy may be tough to swallow, but it's a necessary pill to move them into the most advantageous spot for the future.

The Broncos take on the Cowboys in Dallas in Week 9. Meanwhile, the Saints are 5-point favorites at home against the Falcons.

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