Bridgewater, who is from Miami, met with the Dolphins at their team facility on Wednesday.
While Saints fans were expecting to welcome Bridgewater back to the team, it looks like another National Football League team is making a play for him.
That may not have been the case had Bridgewater signed in Miami.
Bridgewater, a former 2014 first-round pick, could become Miami's highest-profile signing this offseason after a number of low-risk, cost-effective moves geared toward helping the Dolphins reach their rebuilding potential.
The Dolphins are in quarterback limbo with Ryan Tannehill's future unclear under the new coach-GM combination of Brian Flores and Chris Grier.
The Dolphins will likely release Tannehill with a June 1 designation in order to save $18.75 million in salary-cap space. He gets another year of practice reps alongside Drew Brees, they get another year to further evaluate him, and the market for free agent starting-caliber quarterbacks has a year to reset itself. He looked great with the Jets in preseason a year ago and the Saints were willing to give up a third-round pick for Bridgewater.
And Bridgewater is apparently willing to wait to find the flawless long-term fit, even though he has started just one game over the past three seasons.