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Rick Spielman: Teddy Bridgewater decision was all about health

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Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman officially declared this week that the team will not pick up the fifth-year option on quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s rookie contract, and he says that decision was all about the knee injury Bridgewater suffered in practice last summer.

Spielman said on PFT Live that Bridgewater may still have a future in Minnesota, but for now the team just can’t count on him being healthy enough to play.

“It doesn’t mean Teddy wouldn’t be a Minnesota Viking, it just means, where his health is at this point, we wouldn’t pick up his option,” Spielman said.

Spielman noted that the Vikings picked up 2013 first-round pick Sharrif Floyd’s fifth-year option and are now on the hook for his $6.757 million salary this season even though he suffered a knee injury that could be career ending. The Vikings had some bad luck with first-round picks in both 2013 and 2014 suffering very serious knee injuries while still on their rookie contracts, and they think picking up Bridgewater’s option would risk making a bad situation even worse.

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39 Responses to “Rick Spielman: Teddy Bridgewater decision was all about health”
  1. dawoger says: May 5, 2017 8:38 AM

    I listened to speildolts interview with MF. You can’t come away from listening to it without getting the sense that the weasel faced speildolt is doing his best to weasel out of paying Bridgewater his guaranteed money.

    Nobody should be surprised at this. After all, the barneys owner had a $46 million dollar fine for fraud levied against him. Fraudulence is a practiced art with the Barneys.

  2. tokyosandblaster says: May 5, 2017 8:39 AM

    Sure it was.

    You didn’t get the nickname “slick” because of the football moves you’ve made.

    Unless it was ironic.

    >

  3. dsimo says: May 5, 2017 8:40 AM

    Teddy is still invited to my birthday party.

  4. atthemurph says: May 5, 2017 8:42 AM

    Bad luck in 2013 and 2014???

    The vikings have had bad luck since 1961!

  5. GenXJ says: May 5, 2017 8:48 AM

    So Rick, you’re saying there’s a chance?

  6. clayjtitan66 says: May 5, 2017 8:56 AM

    Worst GM in sports.
    #FireSpeilman

  7. katientony says: May 5, 2017 9:01 AM

    I continue to feel bad for this guy. I know there are going to tons of posts making fun of the Vikes for taking Teddy Two Gloves, but he doesnt deserve this. I mean, even if he didnt work out as a franchise QB he could have had a career as a back up with lots of starting experience. It really sucks for the kid.

  8. adelphos33 says: May 5, 2017 9:03 AM

    This is too bad – is there a precedent for a career ending, non-contact injury like this in football? I don’t remember one.

  9. bocadiver1 says: May 5, 2017 9:04 AM

    Makes sense. Money makes the world go round and being on the hook for a man who (sadly) may never play again makes no sense.

  10. norrismen17 says: May 5, 2017 9:27 AM

    Look who was first to post on an article about the Vikings again. Surprise, surprise, its the troll dawoger. And again he show’s his ignorance of the situation. Bridgewaters’ contract is going to to toll, idiot. The Vikings don’t have to make a decision on Teddy for another year. They likely have him under contract through 2019 if he can get back onto the field.
    Maybe you should be trolling your own idiot GM.

    But Troll on idiot. You represent the ignorance of Packer fans well.

  11. clayjtitan66 says: May 5, 2017 9:27 AM

    There is sure a lot of undeserving love towards the worst GM in sports.
    What’s the matter with Viking Nation?
    MN nice got the better of you

  12. philtration says: May 5, 2017 9:33 AM

    clayjtitan66 says:
    May 5, 2017 8:56 AM
    Worst GM in sports.
    #FireSpeilman
    =======================================

    Oh how us Bears and Bulls fans in Chicago wish that were true.

  13. tman5611 says: May 5, 2017 9:34 AM

    It is a salary cap world in the NFL, if you are going to be competitive, you have to make tough decisions like these.

  14. artvan15 says: May 5, 2017 9:36 AM

    Could this be racial?

  15. angrydave38 says: May 5, 2017 9:38 AM

    Cordarrell Patterson.
    Laquan Treadslow.
    Christian Ponder.

    He’s made some really bad choices.

  16. aj66shanghai says: May 5, 2017 9:39 AM

    It was about mental heatlth I suppose, as in you would have to be clinically insane to think TB has a future in the NFL

  17. Liberalsruineverything says: May 5, 2017 9:54 AM

    artvan15 says:
    May 5, 2017 9:36 AM
    Could this be racial?
    —————

    You are why Trump won the election. Thank you

  18. In Teddy We Trust says: May 5, 2017 9:54 AM

    People sure like to jump to conclusions. This does not mean that Teddy’s career is over or that Spielman made a mistake. I predict that the Vikings and Teddy will agree on a short contract extension that gives the Vikings more time to evaluate Teddy’s comeback and gives Teddy some security while he’s rehabbing. Both sides want to stay together.

  19. coachkilla6 says: May 5, 2017 10:18 AM

    Teddy won as many Super Bowls as Frannie did. And he had to do it wearing those hamburger helper gloves indoors.

  20. skimbell says: May 5, 2017 10:21 AM

    Well, looking at it now, I guess that it’s a good thing the queens voted Bridgewater into the Hall of Fame during his first year in the league while he still had one of those lavendar costumes to wear.

  21. jermainewiggins says: May 5, 2017 10:24 AM

    angrydave38 says:
    May 5, 2017 9:38 AM
    Cordarrell Patterson.
    Laquan Treadslow.
    Christian Ponder.

    He’s made some really bad choices.

    ..

    Everson Griffen
    Daneile Hunter
    Brian Robison
    Stefon Diggs
    Adam Theilen
    Kyle Rudolph
    Eric Kendricks
    Anthony Barr
    Xavier Rhodes
    Harrison Smith

    Yeah sure, point out the worst of his picks (ponder and patterson are a rare situations where a guy regresses) w/o any recognition of his better ones. Id like a list of your favorite teams draft picks over the years I’m sure it’s a HOF for every pick right? If youre so.unbelievable at talent evaluation then why arent you in a front office!

  22. dizzybruhbruh33 says: May 5, 2017 10:25 AM

    dawoger says:
    May 5, 2017 8:38 AM
    I listened to speildolts interview with MF. You can’t come away from listening to it without getting the sense that the weasel faced speildolt is doing his best to weasel out of paying Bridgewater his guaranteed money.

    Nobody should be surprised at this. After all, the barneys owner had a $46 million dollar fine for fraud levied against him. Fraudulence is a practiced art with the Barneys.

    __________

    Again, bud. The “Barneys” nickname is stupid and you need to up your game. All the other nicknames you’ve surfaced are pretty poor as well.

  23. donbat67 says: May 5, 2017 10:37 AM

    adelphos33 says:
    May 5, 2017 9:03 AM
    This is too bad – is there a precedent for a career ending, non-contact injury like this in football? I don’t remember one.
    In 1999 Roberts Edwards tore up his knee playing in a Pro Bowl beach vollyball game and it ending his career .

  24. dawoger says: May 5, 2017 10:37 AM

    norsemen17 said: “they likely have him under contract through 2019 if he can get back onto the field.” Wrong! They’ve already declined to pick up the option on his 5th year.

    Apparently I need to troll the barney threads to keep you IGNORANT IDIOTS honest.

    But hey, we’ve all become use to having to deal with you lavender Lokis attempts at making your delusions our reality.

  25. stellarperformance says: May 5, 2017 10:39 AM

    Liberalsruineverything says:
    May 5, 2017 9:54 AM
    You are why Trump won the election. Thank you
    //////////////////////////////////

    Actually, I think you’re the reason Trump got elected. It’s a proven fact a preponderance of uneducated people voted for Trump. There’s a lot of you.

  26. dragonfly99 says: May 5, 2017 10:54 AM

    The out of town owners trust Spielman to ruin their franchise for good or bad.

  27. Liberalsruineverything says: May 5, 2017 11:04 AM

    stellarperformance says:
    May 5, 2017 10:39 AM
    Liberalsruineverything says:
    May 5, 2017 9:54 AM
    You are why Trump won the election. Thank you
    //////////////////////////////////

    Actually, I think you’re the reason Trump got elected. It’s a proven fact a preponderance of uneducated people voted for Trump. There’s a lot of you.
    —————-

    You are exhibit B. Arrogant Dbags talking down to hard working people with a family.

  28. stellarperformance says: May 5, 2017 11:42 AM

    Liberalsruineverything says:
    May 5, 2017 11:04 AM
    You are exhibit B. Arrogant Dbags talking down to hard working people with a family.
    /////////////////////////////////////

    That’s a presumptuous and uneducated thing to say. Call me shocked.

  29. ariani1985 says: May 5, 2017 11:43 AM

    People like fecal performance want a handout out for everything…..trying working, it would be a good start…..

  30. granadafan says: May 5, 2017 11:45 AM

    Not a Vikings or Packers fan, but I thought that Teddy did a pretty decent job at QB and showed some promise. If he only had a good coach who could develop him, he’d be serviceable for the Vikings. I’m a football fan first, so I hate for any young player’s career to be ruined by an injury, so I hope he can come back give it a real shot.

  31. stellarperformance says: May 5, 2017 11:45 AM

    Liberalsruineverything says:
    May 5, 2017 11:04 AM
    You are exhibit B. Arrogant Dbags talking down to hard working people with a family.
    //////////////////////////////////////

    Hard working people with families will be the first victims of Trump’s wealthy-first policies. But you didn’t take the time to think about it. You just wanted change.

    Well yur gonna git it.

  32. stellarperformance says: May 5, 2017 11:52 AM

    ariani1985 says:
    May 5, 2017 11:43 AM
    People like fecal performance want a handout out for everything…..trying working, it would be a good start….
    ///////////////////////////////////////

    arianal……..I’ve probably paid more money in taxes in my lifetime than you’ve earned in yours.

  33. whatjusthapped says: May 5, 2017 11:55 AM

    If he were totally honest, he’d admit it’s about the guaranteed money. Furthermore, out of 32 teams in the NFL, every single last one of the GM’s would have made the exact same decision so this is one of those rare circumstances where it is impossible to criticize Rick Spielman’s judgement regarding the QB position.

    Now for the bad news, Sammy Sleeves isn’t the answer and in the short term, the Vikings will have to “groom” a franchise QB . And the GM picking that Qb has one of the sorriest track records in the NFL on picking a QB, not that Spielman doesn’t have company, it’s just that there is nothing in his history that would suggest he knows anything about QB potential.

  34. jtainter23 says: May 5, 2017 12:10 PM

    Wait I thought the world was ending on November 9th??? We’re still here…and my 401K has been treated very nicely from President Trump.

  35. carlpanzramwasatypicalminnesotan says: May 5, 2017 12:12 PM

    Conservatives are a cancer.

    Nothing more.

  36. clayjtitan66 says: May 5, 2017 12:46 PM

    With the first pick in the 2018 draft the MN Vikings select?
    #FireSpielman

  37. clayjtitan66 says: May 5, 2017 12:49 PM

    Bears & Bulls fans have championships, Viking fans do not.
    I am a Chiefs fan, my gal is the Viking fan.

  38. fwippel says: May 5, 2017 12:52 PM

    The move by Spielman was no surprise at all, and any other GM in the league would have made it. No one is going to guarantee any player $12 million if he doesn’t know whether that player is going to recover from an injury.

    If Bradford plays out the year, and Bridgewater recovers to a point the Vikings are comfortable with, it is not beyond the realm of possibility that the Vikings sign him for 2018, but likely at a lower price. That’s common sense.

  39. monkeyboymotors says: May 5, 2017 6:47 PM

    I’m pretty sure the ex-packer TE picked up some cheezy poofs and is on his way to dawogers Moms (bless her for taking care of her only special child) trailor home.

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