The 27-year-old Bridgewater could command $21 million annually on a deal, according to the report. Bridgewater was 5-0 filling in as the Saints' starting quarterback last season, including a 36-25 win over the Bears on Oct. 20 at Soldier Field.
A first-round pick of the Vikings in 2014, Bridgewater has played in 44 games and started 34 times, including 28 games with Minnesota from 2014-'17. Bridgewater completed 67.9 percent of his passes for 1,384 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions in 2019, when stepped in for the Saints after starter Drew Brees suffered a hand injury in September.
The Bears have been seeking competition at quarterback for starter Mitchell Trubisky, who struggled in 2019. Should the Bears sign Bridgewater to a long-term deal, it would presumably make Trubisky the backup quarterback.
Deals in free agency can't become official until the new league year begins Wednesday at 3 p.m. CT.