Bridgewater’s camp doesn’t believe contract tolling will be an issue

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Four weeks from the opening of free agency, there has been no conclusive announcement regarding whether Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will qualify. A chance remains that the final year of his contract will toll for one year, because he was on the Physically Unable to Perform list for the first six games of the regular season.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Bridgewater’s camp doesn’t believe it will be an issue.

That doesn’t mean it won’t be. The Vikings have been vague about the situation, pointing a finger in the general direction of the NFL long before there’s any reason to be pointing a finger anywhere. The Vikings have since gone silent on the issue.

Logic suggests that, if it’s not a potential impediment to Bridgewater’s eligibility for unrestricted free agency, the Vikings would make it known that there will be no tolling. Of course, it’s possible that the Vikings truly are deferring to the league on this, and that the Vikings currently don’t know what the league will do.

Whatever the league does, the league needs to do it. If a grievance over the issue is going to be pursued, Bridgewater needs to have time to file and prosecute the effort so that it will be resolved before free agency begins. If Bridgewater doesn’t get clarity for a week or two after free agency opens, he may end up with a lesser deal than what he could have gotten.

The language of the Collective Bargaining Agreement indicates that a player in the final year of his contract who is physically unable to perform for six or more games will have the contract toll. It’s believed by some, however, that the tolling actually happens only if the player misses the entire season.

Bridgewater suffered a devastating knee injury in August 2016, missing all of that season and the first six games of 2017. He made one garbage-time cameo appearance for the Vikings in 2017.

32 responses to “Bridgewater’s camp doesn’t believe contract tolling will be an issue

  1. They should be trying to get him out of the building before he gets
    hurt again. He was never going to be a franchise QB, They already
    have a better version in Case Keenum.

  2. I hope this doesn’t turn into a thing. I’m sure they would like to save money but they’ve made it pretty clear that they see him as a big part of their team. Don’t alienate the guy over a few bucks.

  3. If they can’t toll his contract I believe they will release him. If he is tolled, then he’ll be a Viking for at least another season. His injury was so horrendous there is no way they can pay him starter money and then hope he doesn’t go down again. Keenum isn’t Brady but he has shown he can win, with a good surrounding cast. Bradford will be released.

  4. Can we please move on from Teddy? He never passed the proverbial “eye test”. You can take any 4 game stretch this year from Keenum and compare it to Teddy’s whole career and Case passes with flying colors. Throw in the NFC title game and you still see more from Case then Teddy. It’s time to move on. I’m sick and tired of this d@mn Twin Cities media market talking about how great a kid he is. I don’t care how nice he is and how likeable he is! I want a God d@mn QB for this franchise. Enough of the revolving door at QB. If you can’t produce on the field like a legit starting QB in the NFL then see ya bye! Teddy is NOT the answer.

  5. “Bridgewater’s camp doesn’t believe contract tolling will be an issue”

    Whenever I hear the term “camp”, it conjures up visions of people sitting outside their tent with their meal cooking over an open fire.
    Maybe its just me 🙂

  6. The Vikings only brought up the NFL /tolling issue in response to a direct question on the subject rather than brining the issue up out of thin air. Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but I doubt it will be an issue given the time period in which they activated him in the first place.

  7. The Right thing by Bridgewater is to not argue it. Face it not only did he miss most of 2017 but ALL of 2016 and still got paid for it. He probably won’t get anything but a garbage contract as a backup with any other team as it is. Another thing is if he stays with Minnesota (the fans love him here) as a backup, he would still have the opportunity to start at least one pre-season game, and have a full training camp to fight for the starting job. I highly doubt he could ever get close to that support on another team.
    Personally I would love to see him thrive and be the QB many thought he could be. He is a couple years older and has put on weight and had worked on building his arm strength. It is also amazing how a couple of years off can help a young QB.
    He absolutely could not have a better Offensive Coordinator to get the most out of him.
    Teddy….. Stay put and take what is offered, it will certainly pay off in the long run.
    Good luck Kiddo; This Vikings fan is pulling for you to succeed, wherever you may land.
    also think of it, with all the new QB’s and free agents out there this year, you may not even GET another offer!

  8. Does it really matter if this gets resolved before free agency?
    How much of a lesser deal will he really get?
    He was a very mediocre QB that is now damaged goods.
    That’s going to affect any new deal far more than arriving a few weeks late to the market.

  9. “The language of the Collective Bargaining Agreement indicates that a player in the final year of his contract who is physically unable to perform for six or more games will have the contract toll. It’s believed by some, however, that the tolling actually happens only if the player misses the entire season.”

    Ie its believed tolling only happens if the player misses the entire season by those with poor reading and English language comprehension.

    Which means if the team feels they don’t want his as a QB in the future they’ll let him go FA. If they feel its in the team’s best interests they’ll have the contact toll and he’s outta luck.

  10. They might in fact be hoping to toll him for the simple fact that he would be a cost affordable backup. This because there’s no chance that he becomes next year’s starter. If they can’t work things out with Case, they’ll go free agency before they put Teddy behind center as the starter.

    Little sense putting your hopes on his shoulders…

  11. In Teddy We Trust says:
    February 14, 2018 at 8:56 pm
    I hope this doesn’t turn into a thing. I’m sure they would like to save money but they’ve made it pretty clear that they see him as a big part of their team. Don’t alienate the guy over a few bucks.

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    Absolutely. But, I don’t think this will become a thing. He’s the only one they’ve been strongly supportive of this entire year.

  12. Wow, there are going to be a lot of disappointed Viking fans when Teddy is named the starting quarterback. Then after they see him play in a 21st century offense with some talent around him, they’re going to say they were behind him the whole time.

  13. darkneptune73 says:
    February 14, 2018 at 10:42 pm
    There’s a real possiblility the Brownies might trade for Bridgewater. The reason? He’s better than any QB Cleveland has played since 1999
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    Cleveland would be dumb enough to try and trade for a free agent.

  14. I don’t see Teddy as a starter but I can see the Vikings having him back for next year. I am also against using the franchise tag on Keenum. That is the wrong way to go ask Washington. They overpaid for Cousins practically the whole time he was there.

  15. darkneptune73 says:
    February 14, 2018 at 10:42 pm
    There’s a real possiblility the Brownies might trade for Bridgewater. The reason? He’s better than any QB Cleveland has played since 1999.
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    skoLOL!!!

  16. What I don’t understand is why the NFL hasn’t come out with a definitive statement; seems to anyone who can read that Teddy’s contract is tolled, end of story on that issue.

    Its hardly fair to the Vikings braintrust (using that term quite loosely) to have this hanging over their heads in mid February. They have better things to do, like signing a QB to their roster.

  17. it would be weird to have him backup Keenum or Cousins or Brees or whomever.
    Let the kid become a free agent and move on. Maybe Arizona? Maybe Green Bay?

    Unless they want him back on a prove it deal, which makes zero sense.

    I personally love the kid, but dont want to go back to seeing Theilen running wide open over and over again and Teddy just doesn’t see it or doesn’t trust his arm.

  18. Frazier28/7 says:
    February 15, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    it would be weird to have him backup Keenum or Cousins or Brees or whomever.
    Let the kid become a free agent and move on. Maybe Arizona? Maybe Green Bay?

    Unless they want him back on a prove it deal, which makes zero sense.

    I personally love the kid, but dont want to go back to seeing Theilen running wide open over and over again and Teddy just doesn’t see it or doesn’t trust his arm.

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    Man Frazier, I love Teddy, but the more I think about the way it “really was” with Teddy compared to even this one season with Case,instead of how I think I want to remember……Teddy did miss A LOT of throws.

  19. whatjusthapped says:
    February 15, 2018 at 7:52 am

    What I don’t understand is why the NFL hasn’t come out with a definitive statement; seems to anyone who can read that Teddy’s contract is tolled, end of story on that issue.

    Its hardly fair to the Vikings braintrust (using that term quite loosely) to have this hanging over their heads in mid February. They have better things to do, like signing a QB to their roster.

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    I agree….shouldn’t be this complicated

  20. Apologies to those who hope this doesn’t turn into a ‘thing’; it already has. Especially since Bridgewater sees himself as “a starter” in 2018. The thing actually began when Teddy was moved to #3 on the depth chart after Bradford was cleared, which should bother those who believe Bridgewater is the team’s top choice to return. I’m guessing along with everyone else, but it’ll be Keenum or Cousins starting for Minnesota in 2018 and even beyond, and the smart money is on Case. Sadly, a bit too much water has passed under Teddy’s bridge.

  21. vikesryerdaddy says:
    February 15, 2018 at 2:36 pm
    Frazier28/7 says:
    February 15, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    I personally love the kid, but dont want to go back to seeing Theilen running wide open over and over again and Teddy just doesn’t see it or doesn’t trust his arm.

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    Man Frazier, I love Teddy, but the more I think about the way it “really was” with Teddy compared to even this one season with Case,instead of how I think I want to remember……Teddy did miss A LOT of throws.
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    You guys might want to check your memories. Thielen barely played in 2015 so I don’t think he was running wide open over and over again and getting missed. That offense wasn’t designed for any quarterback to be successful, yet Pro Football Focus rated Teddy as the most accurate quarterback in the NFL. If he missed a lot of throws that year, I can’t imagine how many Keenum would have missed. I know he missed plenty this year.

  22. Teddy made $1.3 million last year. Pay him $2 million without tolling his contract. And then see where he is at. They can always cut him in training camp if he hasn’t improved.

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