Report: Saints restructure Drew Brees’ contract in effort to secure Bridgewater deal

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The New Orleans Saints have restructured their quarterback’s contract in an effort to secure a contract with their backup quarterback, according to NFL Network.

Tom Pelissero, an NFL Network Insider, reported Thursday that the restructuring of Brees’ deal freed up $10.8 million in salary cap and space.

The move will also help host tight end Jarod Cook on a free-agent status.

According to Pelissero, Brees’ contract is set to become void after this season.

Brees is still due $23 million in cash in 2019.

NFL Network Insider Jane Slater tweeted Tuesday said that Teddy Bridgewater was expected to remain with the Saints despite having been offered a bigger deal from the Miami Dolphins.

The deal was confirmed unofficial, however, when NFL Network Insider Dianna Russini said Bridgewater was back in Miami on Wednesday as the Dolphins try to land him.

A former first-round draft pick out of the University of Louisville, Bridgewater started his career with the Minnesota Vikings and led them to the playoffs before suffering a serious knee injury that almost ended his career in 2016.

The Saints traded for Bridgewater last year.

He served as Drew Brees’ backup quarterback but only played three games during the season.

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