The Miami Dolphins are in a bit of a tough situation when it comes to their quarterback depth chart for 2019. The team is widely expected to part ways with longtime starter Ryan Tannehill soon before he takes on a $26.6 million salary cap hit, but his successor is not on the roster right now.
A bad situation for Miami got worse on Tuesday. NFL Network reporter Jane Slater said free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater opted to re-sign with the New Orleans Saints rather than go to the Dolphins, who apparently offered more money than the Saints. If true, Bridgewater would rather sit on the bench in New Orleans than start in Miami.
Teddy Bridgewater expected to re-sign with the New Orleans Saints despite a bigger deal on the table from Miami. I’m told Bridgewater values the locker room culture and prospect of one day becoming the Saints starting QB per source informed. #Saints
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) March 12, 2019
Bridgewater may have been the best veteran quarterback available until he agreed to return to New Orleans, especially after Joe Flacco and Nick Foles found new homes. The former first-round pick is only 26 years old, but the major knock against him is that he has not been a full-time starter since the 2015 season due to injuries.
An argument could be made that former Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns starter Tyrod Taylor is a better option. In fact, the Dolphins appear to have interest in Taylor, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport. Additionally, they could look to draft a future starter in April.
With Teddy Bridgewater expected to stay with the #Saints, one of the #Dolphins top targets is expected to be Tyrod Taylor, I’m told. That, and someone in the draft.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 12, 2019
Taylor was a quality starter in Buffalo who never threw more than six interceptions in a season during his three years under center there. He played poorly to start the 2018 season for Cleveland and was eventually benched for Baker Mayfield, however.
Since the Dolphins only have the 13th pick in the draft, it is possible there will not be a potential franchise quarterback available when they are on the clock. Their options could include Drew Lock out of Missouri and Daniel Jones out of Duke, assuming Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins are off the board.