Beyond 2017, status of Bradford and Bridgewater is up in the air

AP

For the 2017 season, Sam Bradford is poised to start at quarterback for the Vikings, while Teddy Bridgewater will be on the roster but may not be medically cleared to play. Beyond 2017, it’s unclear whether either of them is in the Vikings’ plans.

That came out today when both Bradford and Vikings G.M. Rick Spielman talked to the local media as the team conducted offseason workouts.

Bradford said he doesn’t think his agent has had any discussions with the team about a contract. Bradford’s current deal, the two-year, $36 million contract he signed with the Eagles last year before they traded him to Minnesota, expires after the season, so he’s set to be a free agent in 2018.

And Spielman said the team has no timeline on the return of Bridgewater from the devastating knee injury he suffered last year in training camp. Bridgewater’s rookie contract is up after this year as well, if the Vikings don’t pick up his fifth-year option.

So it’s possible that both Bradford and Bridgewater will be free agents in 2018, and the Vikings will be looking for a new quarterback. Perhaps they’ll draft a quarterback this week with the idea that he’ll spend a season sitting and be ready to start next year.

48 responses to “Beyond 2017, status of Bradford and Bridgewater is up in the air

  1. It is crazy to suggest that the Vikings QB will not be Bridgewater or Bradford next year. Absolutely no chance it’s someone else. Zimmer recently spoke about his desire to keep Teddy around and that’s what they’re waiting for – a timetable for Bridgewaters return, if he can.

    If not, the Vikings will franchise Bradford or sign him long term. If he does come back this year, they’re going to have a decision to make.

  2. By Nov. the team will have a clear idea of where Teddy is physically. One of these guys will be re-signed to be the QB beyond this season. The Vikes will not start the process from scratch in 2018.

    Each year the college QB’s coming out are ranked worse and worse because of the style of the college game. Sadly that is a trend that won’t change in the immediate future. Maybe the RB’s coming out this year start a new trend….bring back the running game a bit.

  3. MichaelEdits says:

    Jay Cutler’s free. Heck, so’s Brett Favre. He can still fling it.

    And Jeff George said he could single handedly take this team to the super bowl.

  4. Bradford’s status is known. The next coach and GM will get rid of him because he stinks. Bridgewater probably won’t ever play again, but still his future is brighter than Bradford’s if you’re calculating who might still be on that team in 12 months.

  5. If I were a Vikings fan, I would be hoping and praying for Bridgewater. He showed promise, and it was such a terrible injury. I hope he comes back and makes this question moot.

  6. The starting QB for the Vikings in 2018 isn’t on their roster today. Bradford is very accurate, problem is that he is only accurate within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage and that doesn’t translate in today’s NFL. Plus last season was a rarity in that he didn’t get hurt and I wouldn’t bet on that 2 years in a row.

    Teddy is a great guy but suffered a horrific injury and the chances of him ever playing again are Slim and none and Slim just left town.

    If that’s the bad news, it gets even worse when you consider the nex QB drafted by the Vikings will be chosen by Rick Spielman who hasn’t picked one yet in his entire career. So good luck there, can’t wait to see who the Vikings take in the first round, oh wait, never mind.

  7. Look for the Vikings try to get Rivers, or Big Ben since they struggle with developing QBs in house, and try to get that last great year out of a QB, to get them over the top, but it won’t.

    Mostly cuz they coudln’t keep their best offensive weapon of the laast few years around.

    Norval Turner.

  8. Heck, it’s only been 8 months since Teddy’s leg damn near fell off — who knows where he stands.

    Interesting that cheesers once again focus upon arm strength when all the draft pundits and coaches once again discuss how arm strength is like the 4th thing down the list that should be stressed after decision-making, intelligence, accuracy, leadership, etc. Maybe those geniuses would draft players like Blake B and R Leaf if they were GMs.

  9. outlawshark says:
    Apr 25, 2017 3:37 PM
    If you have 2 starting QBs, you don’t have any.
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    49ers of the early 90’s
    GB in the mid 2000’s
    Patriots in the early 2000’s
    Patriots Currently
    Cowboys last year
    Indianapolis in 2012 ish
    Rams early 2000’s

  10. Last season Bradford had some nice games and was hitting on deep throws when he had some protection. The Vikings had something like 9 lineman get injured or fail to come back from injury and miss the bulk of the season. All things considered, Bradford did better than anyone SHOULD have expected.

  11. If Teddy gets back on the field, his knee will be constantly “tested” by defensive players. It would be insane to give him a long-term commitment.

    WYSIWYG with Bradford. He has talent, smarts, and toughness, but just not at an elite level.

    If the Vikings collapse again this year, Zimmer and Spielman won’t need to worry about the quarterback question, at least not in Minnesota.

  12. Said this on FB an hour before this article was posted: Wouldn’t surprise me at all if a strong armed pocket QB fell to round 2 if the Vikings took him.

  13. There is no way that both Bradford and Bridgewater are gone next year. Bradford played too well last season, especially considering the pathetic OL he had to work with. If Bridgewater recovers enough to get back on the field this season, and he also plays well, one of this guys will get traded.

    The worst thing the Vikings could do is let Bradford walk via free agency and get nothing in return. Unless Bradford has a complete meltdown this season, or gets seriously injured, the only way he leaves Minnesota is via trade; anything else should result in Spielman’s immediate termination.

  14. I think they should trade another #1 pick for another below average QB. Neither of these guys are capable of carrying a team.

  15. purpleguy says:
    Apr 25, 2017 4:00 PM

    Interesting that cheesers once again focus upon arm strength when all the draft pundits and coaches once again discuss how arm strength is like the 4th thing down the list that should be stressed after decision-making, intelligence, accuracy, leadership, etc. Maybe those geniuses would draft players like Blake B and R Leaf if they were GMs.
    ______________________

    Hey, when your best offensive play is the Hail Mary, arm strength is the only thing that matters.

  16. whatjusthapped says:
    Apr 25, 2017 3:52 PM
    The starting QB for the Vikings in 2018 isn’t on their roster today. Bradford is very accurate, problem is that he is only accurate within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage and that doesn’t translate in today’s NFL.
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    A) Tom Brady
    B) Bradford throws a very nice deep ball. He just had very little time last year to do that.

  17. conormacleod says:
    Apr 25, 2017 4:33 PM
    whatjusthapped says:
    Apr 25, 2017 3:52 PM
    The starting QB for the Vikings in 2018 isn’t on their roster today. Bradford is very accurate, problem is that he is only accurate within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage and that doesn’t translate in today’s NFL.
    ——
    A) Tom Brady
    B) Bradford throws a very nice deep ball. He just had very little time last year to do that.
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    C) What makes you think he’ll have more time this year? A couple of over-the-hill oft injured signings?
    D) Alex Smith

    Methinks Bradford and Bridgewater (assuming he recovers) are MUCH closer to D than A. Heck, I might be dissing Alex/ Captain Checkdown here because while he can go through a whole season without throwing a TD to a WR, at least his team makes the playoffs (even if one and done).

  18. buckybadger says:
    Apr 25, 2017 4:19 PM
    I think they should trade another #1 pick for another below average QB. Neither of these guys are capable of carrying a team.
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    What a Green Bay thing to say. Every other team in the league wants to build a team so that their QB doesn’t have to carry them. Poor Rodgers.

  19. B) Bradford throws a very nice deep ball. He just had very little time last year to do that.

    ———————-

    Someone doesn’t watch very closely. His whole career has been about the short pass. His stats anything deep aren’t even average.

  20. yesterday i listened to a a very successful and knowledgeable GM say that the problem now with college QB’s trying to make it in the NFL is not lack of talent, But the extremely poor type of offense that there made to play in college. If you watch any college football at all ?? You see QB’s on 95% of offensive plays looking to the sideline to get the play just as we used to do in pop Warner and Junior high school 20-30 yrs ago!!!
    College QB’s do not know coming in to the pros how to read and react to defense’s on there own. Those who are successful are taught this by there own dads or by studying on there own .
    College football is so bad QBs now that they would be better served playing in some-type of NFL developmental league were they could be taught the intricacies of the QB position footwork,pocket passing and how to read and react to the defenses !!! IMHO !!!

  21. tvguy22 says:
    Apr 25, 2017 4:32 PM
    Still can’t believe the Eagles got a 1st round pick for Bradford.
    ==========
    Bortles, Manziel, Locker, Ponder, Goff, Gabbert, etc all taken in the 1st rd. What’s wrong with trading a 1st for a young, proven starter? Capable starting QBs are worth gold in the NFL. Should the vikings have just started Shaun Hill last year?

  22. Bradford has an excellent deep ball. The problem with the offense starts with the offensive line.

  23. whatjusthapped says:

    The starting QB for the Vikings in 2018 isn’t on their roster today. Bradford is very accurate, problem is that he is only accurate within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage and that doesn’t translate in today’s NFL.

    Let’s go back to the Packer Viking game at the brand new US Bank Stadium last year. I’m sure you remember all the bragging from 99% of the Packer fans about how they were going to destroy the Vikings…

    Your theory about Sam only being accurate within 5 yards of the line scrimmage is total excrement – which is all you typically post:

    1. Sam Bradford pass complete deep left to Kyle Rudolph for 19 yards (tackle by Ladarius Gunter)

    2. Sam Bradford pass complete deep right to Stefon Diggs for 44 yards (tackle by Damarious Randall)

    3. Sam Bradford pass complete deep middle to Stefon Diggs for 25 yards, touchdown. Penalty on Damarious Randall: Defensive Pass Interference (Declined)

    Even with Randall committing PI, Bradford’s TD pass was thrown so accurately that Diggs caught the ball in stride in the endzone.

    Facts and your posts are total strangers.

  24. Bradford (If he stays Healthy) should be really good again in 2017 playing under Shurmur. If he has another 2016 year statistically the vikes will have to pay him

  25. 250dollarnflowner says:
    Apr 25, 2017 5:18 PM

    Bortles, Manziel, Locker, Ponder, Goff, Gabbert, etc all taken in the 1st rd. What’s wrong with trading a 1st for a young, proven starter? Capable starting QBs are worth gold in the NFL. Should the vikings have just started Shaun Hill last year?
    ___________

    Derek Carr, Colin Kaepernick, and Andy Dalton were all taken in the 2nd…

    AND YES they should have started Hill. I think the Vikings would have had a very similar record if he did….

    He played decent against the Titans in the first week, and IF the Vikings HAD to make a trade, they should have traded a 2nd for McCown in Cleveland. Which if I recall correctly is what they were looking for earlier in the off sseason last year.

  26. He played decent against the Titans in the first week, and IF the Vikings HAD to make a trade, they should have traded a 2nd for McCown in Cleveland. Which if I recall correctly is what they were looking for earlier in the off sseason last year.

    —————

    And Bradford was already on the roster at that point. Hill had a record of being serviceable at best. Remember that when they made the trade for Bradford the injuries hadn’t started piling up. They still had AP and still had their entire line.

  27. As a Bears fan, I hope the Vikings get duped into paying Bridgewater huge bucks going forward. His season avg of 14 TD passes places him dead last in the NFL. And the kid tore his knee in half during NON-CONTACT drills away from every other teammate. I can’t be the only one who finds this outrageously funny, can I? Didn’t think so.

  28. lukarwarrior says:
    Apr 25, 2017 6:17 PM

    And Bradford was already on the roster at that point. Hill had a record of being serviceable at best. Remember that when they made the trade for Bradford the injuries hadn’t started piling up. They still had AP and still had their entire line.
    ________

    Yes, because the Speilman got scammed, because other GMs could smell “Blood in the water….” Healthy AP behind that healthy Oline had 31 rushing yards…. Hill was hit 4 times, vs. the Titans,, so its not like he wasn’t feeling pressure.

    If you classify Hill as serviceable… what does that make Bradford in your eyes… because before heading to Minnesota, he was a high paid, injury prone, QB with 25 career wins since 2010 with 7 being the most in any season.

    I think they are BOTH serviceable which is why it was silly of them for giving a 1st for Bradford, for depth vs. a 2nd for, McCown who showed the year Cutler was hurt in Chicago he could play smart, and not turn the ball over. which is a big part of what Minnesota was looking for.

  29. In all seriousness, I think Bradford is pretty good. Teddy is pretty much finished. He wasn’t a game-changer in the first place. Bradford demonstrated toughness he doesn’t get credit for. The main thing separating the teams in our division is Rodgers.

    That’s the truth. And the truth then dictates the Packers are the team to beat in the division, correct?

    No bragging. Just fact. Truth be told. Be honest.

  30. This is a tough one! Sam stay healthy last year, but in the pass he was injury-prone. Teddy don’t have a strong arm and is limited. I think in the 4th round we should draft Dobbs (QB) out of Tennessee, he has a rifle for an arm and smart.

  31. stellarperformance says:
    Apr 25, 2017 7:31 PM

    In all seriousness, I think Bradford is pretty good. Teddy is pretty much finished. He wasn’t a game-changer in the first place. Bradford demonstrated toughness he doesn’t get credit for. The main thing separating the teams in our division is Rodgers.

    That’s the truth. And the truth then dictates the Packers are the team to beat in the division, correct?

    No bragging. Just fact. Truth be told. Be honest
    ……….
    Not sure Teddy is finished, kinda early to say for a young guy. He was showing promise prior to the major injury. Aside from that, no argument.

  32. And the kid tore his knee in half during NON-CONTACT drills away from every other teammate. I can’t be the only one who finds this outrageously funny, can I? Didn’t think so
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    I think you’re the only one buddy….

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