Of course Teddy Bridgewater took time to consider the Miami Dolphins in free agency this week.

For one thing, Miami is his hometown. For another, they were the only NFL team with a starting quarterback vacancy.

But neither was enough to lure Bridgewater away from the New Orleans Saints, who obviously made quite an impression on the 26-year-old quarterback after acquiring him in a trade late last August.

"I told my agents every time that I talked to them that I haven't stopped smiling since I arrived," said Bridgewater, who signed a one-year, $7.25 million contract worth up to $12.5 million with incentives -- even though it means spending at least one more year as a backup behind Drew Brees.

"They made playing football fun, they made learning the game fun ... and that's something I appreciate," Bridgewater told WWL Radio. "I was able to be part of that for 18 weeks last season, and it was nothing but positive things that occurred."

Bridgewater further explained on a conference call Friday that he did take time to consider the Dolphins -- including a visit to their practice facility on Wednesday -- because "you don't want to shut all doors right away." But he said he had a pretty good idea all along that he wanted to stay in New Orleans.