Teddy Bridgewater: I haven’t started thinking about 2018 season

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Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman discussed the possibility of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater‘s contract tolling during an interview this week, but Bridgewater isn’t ready to start talking about his possible free agency.

Bridgewater also made an appearance in Minneapolis during Super Bowl week to talk about a children’s book written by his girlfriend, but also spent a little time answering questions related to his comeback from 2016’s serious knee injury.

Bridgewater said he “had to control the competitor in me” as he made his way back to health and learn to understand that he “could still impact the team off the field as I could on the field.” He called it a “special season” for the Vikings, but said he hasn’t started thinking about what’s next.

“No, I haven’t,” Bridgewater told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “Right now I’m just focused on becoming a better person and a better football player. … I’m looking forward to this offseason just training and taking my game to another level,” he said. “I’m healthy. I don’t really like putting numbers on it. It’s all mental. I feel great. I think the doctors wouldn’t have cleared me if I didn’t feel great. It was great that I was able to overcome everything and I’m just looking forward to the future.”

It seems unlikely that Bridgewater hasn’t thought about where he will be playing in 2018, but the tolling question does limit how much planning can go on at this point.

If Bridgewater’s contract tolls because he was on the physically unable to perform list for six weeks, he’ll remain under contract with the Vikings for another year. If not, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent in March along with Case Keenum and Sam Bradford.

28 responses to “Teddy Bridgewater: I haven’t started thinking about 2018 season

  1. BS he hasn’t started thinking about 2018 season. He’s been thinking about it since the moment the last game ended. Probably long before.

  2. In other words, the Vikings haven’t made their mind up about Bradford or Keenum yet. The Vikings can afford to make Teddy wait, they already know the market value of 14 TD’s per year.

  3. How healthy is he? I guess.. I mean does he need another year? I wonder if he would qualify as a guy that might consider sitting behind Brady for a possible year or two? I guess I’m willing to think outside the box and consider something other than rookie drafted QB’s. Plus the last Tedy B we had on the team was OUTSTANDING. Besides he seems like a very likable person. Seems easy to root for. Probably not but I’m thinking out loud.

  4. He doesn’t need to think about it because Zimmer and Spielman have already decided that he’s coming back to the Vikings one way or another. They’re just waiting to get a ruling from the NFL on this tolling thing and trying to determine what the market is for all three of their quarterbacks. I’m sure they would like to bring two of the three back if they can make the numbers work.

  5. Great kid but that knee injury is such an anchor for him. His knee basically fell apart from a non contact injury. How do you trust that enough to make him your starterfor the year? Tough deal. I wish him the best.

  6. There are still so many question marks with Teddy — from his injury recovery to whether he can be an effective downfield passer. It will be interesting to see what happens regardless of who he plays for. I hope he succeeds.

  7. The Vikings coaching staff thinks a lot of Teddy but i don’t think they are willing to give him muti millions at this point. If Teddy comes back in 2018 and wins the job he will deserve the big money deal and if not good luck somewhere else.

  8. By all accounts Teddy is a truly great human being and a fantastic teammate. I wish only the best for him and hope he gets to finish his career as a starter for another team.

    Thank you Teddy.

  9. I think it is worth bringing Bridgewater back to the Vikings and letting him and Keenum fight it out for the starter’s spot. Honestly, this team biggest area of needs are on the OL and at DT (replacing Tom Johnston and Sharif Floyd). Letting Teddy and/or Keenum walk creates one more area of need, and one that they wouldn’t be able to address this off-season.

  10. Ted or bust. Let Case & Sam go. They were solid but the former made critical mistakes in the playoffs and the latter has all the talent yet way too brittle. And while none of the 3 are worth F.O.Franchise $, IMHO Teddy has the most upside. Nothing great 1st 2 seasons but the jump was coming.

    Don’t sacrifice your D’s core for Case or Cousins. I believe Teddy could’ve did what Case did this year without trickin the Champ Game. Ted for the future.

  11. There sure are a lot of geniuses on here declaring that Teddy was never any good, will never be any good, and/or will never be healthy. Kind of makes you wonder why Zimmer and Spielman, who know everything there is to know about him, want to keep him on the team.

  12. “I’m not worried about 2018. I’m sure I’ll be well=paid no matter where I’m rehabbing…”

  13. I do want Teddy as my starting QB if he is healthy. I’ve watched every game he’s played for the Vikings and the tougher the circumstances the better he played. The Vikings proved they are a playoff caliber team, that will get Dalvin Cook back. He is a feature back that does everything well. Teddy had to play with a RB that was one dimensional and an OC that refused to run play action when said RB was in the game, my guess by watching him with the Saints is that he would be all butthurt.

  14. I’m a Vikings fan. Please don’t waste the talent we have with a mediocre QB as the starter. We need to do better. Good backup at best, not a legit starter. Has no deep ball, doesn’t throw receivers open, holds the ball too long.

  15. In Teddy We Trust says:
    February 2, 2018 at 12:59 pm
    There sure are a lot of geniuses on here declaring that Teddy was never any good, will never be any good, and/or will never be healthy. Kind of makes you wonder why Zimmer and Spielman, who know everything there is to know about him, want to keep him on the team.
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    Because he’ll come super cheap out of either pure gratitude or rules manipulation. They can get through next year with him and perhaps be pleasantly surprised, send in Bradford if he fails, and maybe be pleasantly surprised again, then prepare for something more tangible the following year. In the meantime, they save a boatload.

  16. In Teddy We Trust says:
    February 2, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    There sure are a lot of geniuses on here declaring that Teddy was never any good, will never be any good, and/or will never be healthy. Kind of makes you wonder why Zimmer and Spielman, who know everything there is to know about him, want to keep him on the team.
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    Because alot of those same geniuses thought Tjack and Ponder were Good as well……….Ego of people who made these guys a top pick often clouds to ability to see their lack of talents

  17. There is still a possibility that because he was out for 6 months of the last year. The NFL has the last year contract count in 2018 avoiding Teddy being a FA now. That decision is what he waiting for before he makes comments about 2018 too.

  18. 81TinaKane says:
    February 2, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    February 2, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    There sure are a lot of geniuses on here declaring that Teddy was never any good, will never be any good, and/or will never be healthy. Kind of makes you wonder why Zimmer and Spielman, who know everything there is to know about him, want to keep him on the team.
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    Because alot of those same geniuses thought Tjack and Ponder were Good as well……….Ego of people who made these guys a top pick often clouds to ability to see their lack of talents
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    If you can’t see that Bridgewater is light years better than TJack and Ponder, I think you might want to reconsider the sport you like to comment on.

  19. Vikes decision really isn’t that difficult. Keenum and/or Cousins are same age, have similar numbers, and have two healthy knees. TB and Bradford have one healthy knee between them. I wish Teddy and Sammy well, but I wouldn’t sign either one of them to an expensive long term contract. Too many unknowns on their health.

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