A lot of times fans view free agency as a simple cut and dry process. Whoever offers the player the most money and the biggest role on the team, gets the player.
Those are not the only factors in where a free agent ultimately chooses to play though, as was the case for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
Bridewater decided to re-sign with the New Orleans Saints today, despite having what some would view as a better offer from the Miami Dolphins.
Bridgewater had already committed to the Saints last week, but ended up taking a free agent meeting with the Dolphins to see what they had to offer.
The Dolphins are need of new starting quarterback and Bridgewater was the clear top option on the open market. Bridgewater was also born in Miami, making it seem like a perfect match for both sides.
While the Dolphins could offer him a starting job and a return home, the money was reportedly not enough for Bridgewater to leave New Orleans.
By choosing to stay in New Orleans, it is clear that Bridgewater is prepared to wait until Drew Brees retires for his next chance to start.
While he is turning down the opportunity to play now, it is likely a wise decision to hold out for the Saints job, in which he has one of the best offensive-minded coaches in the NFL supporting him.
Bridgewater is now the heir apparent to Brees in New Orleans, but the question remains as to how long he will be waiting on the sidelines.
14 Year Old Illinois football prodigy, 14, recently feature in Sports Illustrated is shot dead.
The 14 year old teen was featured by Sports Illustrated as one of the six teens “who will rule the future in sports” died after he was shot at a party in Illinois on Saturday night, according to police.
Jaylon McKenzie was 14 and an eighth grade student at Central Junior High School in Belleville, Ill., not far from East St. Louis. A 15-year old girl was also critically injured in the shooting.
McKenzie told Sports Illustrated that his goal was to make it to the NFL and be a star for the Los Angeles Rams.
The shooting unfolded in Venice, Ill. around 11:40 p.m. Saturday night, Illinois State Police told Fox News.
Officers were responding to a report of a disturbance and shots fired at a large party. They said when they arrived they found McKenzie and the other teen were shot and needed medical attention. Police said officers immediately began life-saving measures before both victims were transported to nearby hospitals.
McKenzie was pronounced dead a short time after arriving at the hospital.
Gunner told the St. Louis Post Dispatch that her son had been to his school’s eighth-grade dance earlier that night. She said he later went to another school’s post-prom party in Venice.
On Sunday, State Rep. LaToya Greenwood, D-East St. Louis, posted a picture of McKenzie on her Facebook page and wrote, “There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love. #JaylonMcKenzie”
McKenzie played running back, receiver and defensive back. According to Sports Illustrated, he drew national attention in August when he caught five passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns to help the East team to a victory at the NFL’s 8th Grade All-American Game in Ohio.
He’d drawn the attention of college football coaches at the age of 14, the Post-Dispatch reported. He also reportedly got his first verbal scholarship offer in December from the University of Missouri and the University of Illinois reached out to him about a week ago.
Buccaneers’ Jason Pierre-Paul Released From Hospital After Car Crash
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was reportedly involved in a car accident early Thursday morning, which sent him to the hospital.
Pierre-Paul should be okay though, as he was released from the hospital without any lasting injuries.
Pierre-Paul reportedly had a passenger in the car, but the accident was a single-car crash, with neither JPP or his passenger suffering major injuries.
Pierre-Paul was traded to the Bucs last season, after spending the first eight years of his career with the New York Giants.
In his first season in Tampa, JPP has 12.5 sacks, the most he had recorded in a single season since 2014.
The Buccaneers hope that he can return healthy next season and continue that elite production as a pass rusher.
Matthew Stafford’s Wife Returns Home After Successful Brain Surgery
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has a had a lot more to worry about this offseason than football.
Stafford’s wife, Kelly, recently underwent brain surgery to remove a tumor, after it was discovered earlier this year.
While there was some complications during the surgery, turning a six-hour procedure into a 12-hour one, Kelly is finally back home.
The Stafford’s discovered her tumor after Kelly had continuous bouts of vertigo back in January.
After doctors could not find a reason for the vertigo, Matthew’s team doctors suggested that she have an MRI. The MRI showed the brain tumor, which had to be removed.
Kelly had the surgery this past week and will now begin the long road of recovery as she has to retrain her body following the procedure.
Hopefully Kelly has a speedy recovery as she adjusts to life after the surgery.
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