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Dolphins' Pursuit of Teddy Bridgewater Shows New Regime Is Not Attempting to Tank

One year ago, in this very space, we pleaded with the Miami Dolphins to sign Miami native and former Miami Northwestern High School and Louisville star Teddy Bridgewater. It made sense heading into last season. The team knew Ryan Tannehill might miss games (he did) due to injury. It also made sense now. There is a new regime in town, and Ryan Tannehill is on his way out.

Bridgewater and the team met on Wednesday to talk about the possibility. He chose to return to the New Orleans Saints on Thursday. Details are not clear, though it seems he preferred to stay as heir apparent to the aging-but-still-great Drew Brees.

Whether Bridgewater chose the Dolphins or not, the conversation indicates the team won't tank next season in hope of landing one of the top quarterbacks in next year's draft. If they were attempting to tank, they wouldn't be in the market for a promising quarterback who, before a terrible injury, was himself considered a future star.

It's become clear new head coach Brian Flores and his staff are keen on rebuilding the locker room they acquired.

A team with the likes of Albert Wilson, Jakeem Grant, DeVante Parker, Kenyan Drake, and a Pro Bowl-caliber tackle on offense isn't exactly set up to fail. A defense with an all-pro safety and corner, plus a core of young players with something to prove, isn't trying to do its worst.

Be mediocre? Sure. That's more the Dolphins' speed. They look and feel like a five-win team right now, no matter what they do the rest of this off-season.

But to score one of the best quarterbacks in next year's draft, Miami will have to be much worse.

The Dolphins seem destined to try next season. For fans who want a top passer, the only hope is they organically suck, which is entirely possible. 
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Ryan Yousefi is a freelance writer for Miami New Times, a lover of sports, and an expert consumer of craft beer and pho. Hanley Ramirez once stole a baseball from him and to this day still owes him $10.
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