Teddy Bridgewater went from a potential starting situation with the Jets to a definite backup role with the Saints on Wednesday, but given the situation in New Orleans, he has no issues taking a backseat to Drew Brees.
Bridgewater played well this preseason for the Jets having been signed as a free agent, but the emergence of third overall pick Sam Darnold was enough to make New York's front office comfortable flipping Bridgewater.
The Jets received a third-round pick from the Saints, who were sent a sixth-rounder as part of the deal.
Future Hall of Famer Brees is contracted to the Saints through 2019, but Bridgewater, whose four-year stint with the Minnesota Vikings was derailed by a career-threatening knee injury, is prepared to be patient.
"I definitely do not mind waiting. For me, I get to take advantage of this opportunity," Bridgewater said on Thursday after the Saints' preseason finale.
"I have been following this offense since I was in college and to be a part of it now is a great feeling. You watch the tape and look at the numbers and things like that and you say 'wow', it is a unique opportunity to be a part of something like that.
"For me, I do not mind waiting; I get to learn from one of the best players to ever play this game and get to be in the room with a great group of guys; I get to learn from coach [Sean] Payton also, so I look forward to that."
Now the Saints have a capable backup should the 39-year-old Brees go down at any point this season. And for Bridgewater, who has not played meaningful football since the 2016 playoffs, being a backup on a Super Bowl contender is certainly better than the alternative he has dealt with the last two years.
"I knew there was another opportunity out there for me. I have been all about opportunities since I was able to step back out on the football field," Bridgewater said.