NEW ORLEANS – Teddy Bridgewater and head coach Sean Payton both said it was too early to consider whether they could consider extending Bridgewater's one-year contract beyond 2018 after the New Orleans Saints took over from the New York Jets Anyway, for now, Bridgewater said he was more than happy to wait and study behind Saints starter Drew Brees.
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Although Bridgewater, 25, had only one day to handle his second move in six months, he said his first reaction was excitement because he's been studying the saint's misdemeanor since he graduated
"It definitely does not matter to me to wait out, "said Bridgewater, who started his 2014 career at the Minnesota Vikings as a pre-decision list before a serious knee injury in 2016 nearly wiped out two seasons of his career. "For me, I can take this opportunity to grow as a man and as a footballer."
"I've been following this offense since I was in college, and can be there now it's a great feeling," said Bridgewater, who explained that he was trying to collect three quarterbacks and misdemeanors to any offseason study to improve their own game. "They look at the tape, they look at the numbers and stuff and you say," Wow, it's an opportunity to be a part of that. "
" It I do not mind waiting. I learn from one of the best players who has ever played this game to be in the room with a large group of people, let me learn from Coach Payton. So I'm looking forward to it. "
Bridgewater did not play on the Saints' eve finals on Thursday night, but he watched from the sidelines and spent time talking to Brees while the game continued.  Payton said the Saints had not prosecuted Bridgewater in March when he signed a year with the $ 6 million jets, which contained up to $ 9 million more in "not-well-earned" incentives based on playing time, yards and touchdowns
But Payton, who is a close friend of Viking coach Mike Zimmer, said the Saints had always liked Bridgewater, and they were even more fascinated when they saw how healthy and efficient he was during the preseason
And obviously, the Saints were not so thrilled with their other substitute options this summer – Tom Savage and Taysom Hill – though Payton did not spell that out That's why the saints were willing to trade a third-round draft pick to New York for Bridgewater and a third-round draft pick.
When asked if the deal was about to improve the backup QB position for 2018, or even if it was about to evaluate a young quarterback up close, Payton said, "All the above."
"You get a young, talented player that's accurate," said Payton, who said he wanted to "root" "Bridgewater" remotely while recovering from a severe injury. "He's an outstanding kid – he's not a kid anymore, but he has great make-up, great football IQ. We liked the way he played in the preseason, we think a player is so valuable are excited to have him. " 19659002] "[He makes] good decisions, [he’s] exactly, smart, can move, miss the first man, he's a winner, he won at school, he won in the NFL, I'll stop that."
Payton added, "It's a quarterback league and we're thrilled to have it."
When he was specifically asked if he could see the saints trying to Bridgewater beyond this year Payton said, "We'll see. We do not have to decide yet.
Asked about a similar question, Bridgewater laughingly said, "If we could all predict the future, we'd probably all be millionaires or something right now. But for me, I just have to live in the present and take advantage of this opportunity that I have today. I can not live too far down the street. I will continue to grow and want to be the best football player I can be for the New Orleans Saints.
Bridgewater was dispensable in New York because Sam Drarnold is ready to start in Week 1 on the first lap (or shortly thereafter) and the Jets also have a reliable veteran option in Josh McCown.
Bridgewater wrote the Jets He laughed at stories about how the jets climb their man-buses to travel to their last pre-season game when the deal became official.
Bridgewater told Jet's general manager Mike Maccagnan pulled him in about 30 minutes before the buses went in and told him there was an offer.
"It's not like they put me down" on the Interstate or something, "said Bridgewater.
Bridgewater said he had tried not to worry about the trade talks this summer and focused on his development. It worked well – he completed 28 of 38 passes for 316 yards. two touchdowns a and a break in the preseason.
Although Bridgewater knew it would take a little time to reestablish himself as an NFL starter, he said he had no uncertainty about his health or his ability to advance into this summer.
No Uncertainty, "said Bridgewater," I had worked extremely hard with the training staff, just trying to get used to the game skills again. We put in the work, we scheduled the time, and it turned out when the preseason games started.
"I was excited to be able to compete and show my hard work and I'm grateful I had the opportunity to work with these guys in New York, and I'm looking forward to this moment, where I am now. "