The New Orleans Saints are expected to re-sign Bridgewater, who had a bigger proposed deal from the Miami Dolphins, NFL Network's Jane Slater reports, via a source informed of the situation. The Saints are also expected to sign running back Latavius Murray and let Mark Ingram walk in free agency, per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.
Slater adds Bridgewater's decision to remain the backup in New Orleans surrounded his value on the team's locker room culture and the potential to one day become the Saints' starter. Current starter Drew Brees, who celebrated his 40th birthday in January, is set to enter his 19th professional season.
The experience in Payton's offense should pay off if Bridgewater is truly viewed as the heir-apparent to Brees, and his pending return will solidify the Saints' quarterback group. And with 29 career starts, Bridgewater also provides experience if Brees were to suffer an injury. Bridgewater is ranked No. 25 on NFL.com's Top 101 Free Agents of 2019.