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Report: Vikings unlikely to exercise Teddy Bridgewater’s 2018 option

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Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman met the media on Tuesday and one of the topics of conversation was quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s attempt to come back from last season’s severe knee injury.

Spielman said that there is still no timeline for Bridgewater to resume a full workload of football activities after last August’s injury. That injury was serious enough that it has created doubt about Bridgewater’s ability to return at all and that uncertainty will play into the team’s decision about their option on Bridgewater’s contract for the 2018 season.

That decision needs to be made by the middle of next week and Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Vikings are unlikely to pick up the option. The option is guaranteed against injury and, as you’d likely imagine, that’s a sticking point for the Vikings as they’d prefer not to be on the hook for more than $11 million in salary for a player who isn’t able to play.

Sam Bradford is in the final year of his contract as well, which may lead the Vikings to consider a quarterback addition in the draft this week as they plan for all eventualities at the most important position on offense.

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34 Responses to “Report: Vikings unlikely to exercise Teddy Bridgewater’s 2018 option”
  1. blitzinc43 says: Apr 26, 2017 9:57 AM

    As a close friend of the organization it is nice to see that the team is planning on moving on from Ted ‘Small Hands’ Bridgewater. He will continue to be a pro and will not wash out of the league (at least not in the immediate future), but will have to wait for an opportunity to shine and earn a starting position. The injury was unfortunate because he was primed for a solid season, but as is a common place in the NFL, another opportunity will inevitably arise. Success is when preparation meets opportunity.

  2. cobrala2 says: Apr 26, 2017 9:59 AM

    It’s their only rational choice.

  3. waynefontesismyfather says: Apr 26, 2017 10:00 AM

    Well mark this down coming from me, first time in a long time I think Minnesota is making the correct choice here. If they want to be a winner and want to improve they have to cut out the dumpster fire moves and signing Teddy would be a dumpster fire move.

    Go Vikes! (coming from a Lions fan)

  4. scoops1 says: Apr 26, 2017 10:04 AM

    another Vikings QB whose Jersey will be on the clearance racks…

  5. dawoger says: Apr 26, 2017 10:04 AM

    A clear sign of the racial insensitivity by the Barneys to so quickly turn their backs on this young man who undoubtedly was reluctant to sign with a organization whose history is steeped in criminality and abject failure.

  6. joetoronto says: Apr 26, 2017 10:06 AM

    There were many who actually compared him to Derek Carr.

  7. FlashPatterson says: Apr 26, 2017 10:13 AM

    Seriously… what a Vikings thing to have happen. You wake up one day to see that your young potential franchise QB had a career ending injury at practice. Not a game, practice. In the preseason.

    Even worse, the team is ranked #1 in the league up to the bye week. Idk what happened during that bye week, but the #1 team in the NFL turned into a bottom 5 team. Came out of nowhere.

  8. breadmeatcheese says: Apr 26, 2017 10:14 AM

    wonder if zimmer still thinks bridgewater will win “multiple” superbowls, assuming teddy gets healthy.

  9. Frazier28/7 says: Apr 26, 2017 10:17 AM

    Floyd was had his option pick up became injured and was unable to pass his physical at the beginning of this league year which made his 6.7 million salary guaranteed.

    I had read the Vikings could’ve released him the day before the league year started and would not have had his salary guaranteed.

    Why can’t the Vikings pick up Teddys option and release him on March 3 2018 and suffer no salary cap ramifications like Sharrif Floyd?

  10. realfootballfan says: Apr 26, 2017 10:20 AM

    Really a shame what happened to him. I hope he’ll be able to come back one day because that was such a freak injury, but it isn’t looking good.

  11. dragonfly99 says: Apr 26, 2017 10:24 AM

    He’s done.

  12. kamthechancellor says: Apr 26, 2017 10:26 AM

    Well, Vikings should just use the 14th pick in the first round on a quarterback….oh wait.

  13. patfic5 says: Apr 26, 2017 10:26 AM

    Teddy was never the answer anyway. Hope he gets better tho.

  14. blah773 says: Apr 26, 2017 10:28 AM

    unfortunate moral of the story, kids – don’t get hurt

  15. butlers91 says: Apr 26, 2017 10:42 AM

    I feel bad for Teddy, a tough injury.

  16. whatjusthapped says: Apr 26, 2017 10:47 AM

    Geez, $11 million for 14 TD passes and 14 INT’s per year, seems like a relative bargain compared to what they paid Peterson for the last few seasons.

  17. granadafan says: Apr 26, 2017 11:01 AM

    Not a Vikings or Packers fan, but Teddy seemed like a fairly decent QB who has potential. I don’t think he had the best coaching which has hindered his development. He needs to land on a team who knows how to develop and coach a young QB.

  18. rfahey22 says: Apr 26, 2017 11:04 AM

    It’s an unfortunate situation, but I think this is probably the most rational decision.

  19. pkrlvr says: Apr 26, 2017 11:10 AM

    Let’s not forget that Bradford had a 99 rating last season with a 4:1 td-int ratio and almost 4k yards. Why not sign him to a long term deal and save the draft picks to bolster the o line?

  20. blowpackblow says: Apr 26, 2017 11:18 AM

    As a close friend of the organization I can tell you that…you’re probably not a close friend of the organization. Did the Vikings sell imaginary stock too?

  21. GenXJ says: Apr 26, 2017 11:55 AM

    Huge packer-backer here. Bobby McGinn is working on a story that gb will pick up Teddy as a running back/corner.

  22. conormacleod says: Apr 26, 2017 11:57 AM

    Teddy is a good kid. But the NFL isn’t no charity. It’s the choice that has to be made. Sorry TB.

  23. silvernblacksabbath says: Apr 26, 2017 11:58 AM

    Thank you Vikings for taking the Bridge over Carr 😛

  24. laserw says: Apr 26, 2017 12:04 PM

    Teddy can rest easy – he will be a Cleveland Dogpile player next year. The land of misfit and washed up QBs.

  25. p215 says: Apr 26, 2017 12:14 PM

    If he stays on the PUP list for 2017 his contract automatically extends another year. This doesn’t mean Vikings are done w Teddy just they are making smart decision to likely keep him on PUP list throughout season. If he would be able to play and be needed (Bradford gets hurt, Keenum also) then they could activate him.

  26. p215 says: Apr 26, 2017 12:15 PM

    “On Teddy Bridgewater: This is his last contract year. If he started on PUP & never came off for ’17, his contract tolls. It adds a 2018 year” – Ian Rapoport, NFL Network

  27. atthemurph says: Apr 26, 2017 12:17 PM

    They can’t afford the gloves.

  28. wafflestomp says: Apr 26, 2017 1:26 PM

    I’m as sorry as anyone that this kid got hurt.
    Especially the way it happened.

    But realistically, the Barneys would have been downright foolish on the 5th year option even if the injury never happened.
    His skill set was lacking and overall play just didn’t warrant 11 mill. a year.
    He was just another swing and a miss for Spieldope.
    Seriously, how many opportunities is this guy going to get?

    I sincerely hope Teddy’s able to rehab himself to the point of getting back into the league.
    I still think he’d make a capable backup for someone.
    And there’s no shame in that.

  29. kneedragr says: Apr 26, 2017 1:40 PM

    I heard his lower was completely detached ligament wise below the knee and bone actually tore through the skin. I cant imagine he will ever be the same, or even close to it.

  30. waynefontesismyfather says: Apr 26, 2017 1:46 PM

    pkrlvr says:
    Let’s not forget that Bradford had a 99 rating last season with a 4:1 td-int ratio and almost 4k yards. Why not sign him to a long term deal and save the draft picks to bolster the o line?

    … …because it is Sam Bradford. SOMEHOW he didn’t get blown up into a broken pile of parts like every other year in his career. He probably tempted fate by not getting hurt last year, he’ll probably pull a Dustin Johnson and slip off two steps in his garage and “Bridgewater” his knee.

  31. silvernblacksabbath says: Apr 26, 2017 1:48 PM

    I prefer the movie TED.

  32. brian5555blog says: Apr 26, 2017 1:59 PM

    The Vikings have to realize Bridgewater’s chances of coming back at 80% of pre-injury ability is only 20%, per medical professionals who have worked with this injury. Sad as everyone likes Teddy, but at most he should get a back-up QB level contract for one or two years to see if he can be a miracle.

  33. puglyfe says: Apr 26, 2017 3:06 PM

    Tony Romo

  34. gaetz23 says: Apr 26, 2017 5:09 PM

    kamthechancellor says:
    Apr 26, 2017 10:26 AM
    Well, Vikings should just use the 14th pick in the first round on a quarterback….oh wait.

    40 18


    They did. They used it on Sam Bradford who will fill an immediate need for a QB better than anyone available in this draft.

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