Teddy Bridgewater “definitely” sees himself as a starter in 2018

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The Vikings season has come to an end and that means the next items on their to-do list will concern putting together their team for the 2018 season.

Some of the decisions involved in that process will deal with the quarterback position. Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater are all set for free agency when the new league year opens in March. After starring during the 2017 season, there’s little doubt that Keenum will be getting paid handsomely to start for someone if the Vikings don’t tag or sign him ahead of free agency.

It’s less clear what the future will hold for Bradford, who dealt with another round of knee problems before returning to the roster for the playoffs, and Bridgewater, who served as the backup after returning from the extended absence caused by his own 2016 knee injury. Bridgewater knows what he wants to happen, however.

Bridgewater said on Monday, via multiple reports from Minnesota, that he “definitely” sees himself as a starter heading into the 2018 season. It will be interesting to see what teams might feel the same way and what kind of commitment they’d be willing to make after Bridgewater was limited to one garbage time relief appearance over the last two seasons.

47 responses to “Teddy Bridgewater “definitely” sees himself as a starter in 2018

  1. The Browns should get Bradford and spend their draft pics on the o-line and defense. Bridegwater’s future is as a journeyman back up.

  2. Won’t matter who the starter is with Rodgers back. The only reason they were able to win the North in the first place is because of that unnecessary cheap shot.

  3. Now that the “even blind squirrels get lucky” season is over for the Vikings, the annual campaign to “beat the Packers” can begin anew, starting with the quarterback position………from scratch…….all over again.

  4. Teddy would have had trouble getting a starter’s role without the injury. With, no hope. You can get a guy to scramble for 10 seconds, and then throw a two yard checkdown anywhere.

  5. It is unlikely that a playoff contender will sign Case Keenum to a lucrative contract, because they most likely already have a good quarterback and they are usually short on cap space because they have a number of well paid players in all likelihood. It they are looking for a new one, they are looking for someone who can get them to the SB, and Keenum is not that sort of quarterback. Nevertheless, he may still get a good contract from someone. I don’t see him being someone who will take his team to the Super Bowl without having a good defense backing him up. IOW, he is a lot more like Russell Wilson than Tom Brady or Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers. Brees and Rodgers can get their team deep into the playoffs with a mediocre defense, and win it if they have a top defense. Keenum cannot even get them the best record in the conference even though they have the league’s top defense during the regular season. He is no Carson Wentz, Marcus Mariota or even Jared Goff.

  6. Teddy was pretty average with some upside before his big knee injury. I think he gets backup or maybe an open competition offer from a team that will be cautious on money. It may even be a 1 year “prove it” deal for him…….

  7. Let some other team overpay for Brock Oswe….sorry, I mean Case Keenum. Keep the best arm, and smartest QB on your roster, Bradford, and resign Teddy as insurance. Or let them all walk and spend bigger money on Cousins. Case being Case in the playoffs hurt his cause. Played like a backup.

  8. The Vikes are in a Serious Serious QB situation Period. I just can’t imagine Bridgewater or Bradford being a Viking next year. keenum, yes he performed very well this year, but Honestly, behind those closed doors, with the coaching staff and GM, I think the Verdict is still out on him being a Viking starter–

  9. Not a Vikings fan or hater, I just don’t understand the fascination with Bridgewater. He seemed pretty average to me. Keenum seems to be fighting the image problem athletes get when they were NOT pegged initially to have great potential. He didn’t lose that game last night and he seems to be able to make all the throws. I guess the coaches(Zimmer) had higher hopes for Bridgewater so he gets more benefit of the doubt. Bradford has the most pure skill but he’s Mr. Glass.

  10. I love Teddy, but he had an incredibly severe injury and hasn’t played in two years. There isn’t a team in the NFL that would be willing to go into 2018 with him as the starter, with the possible exception of…the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings have seen him in practice for weeks now so they know if he’s ready to be a starter or not. If they don’t really think there’s that big of a difference between Case and Teddy, they might just decide to save $15 million and let Case go. Nevertheless, you have to have somebody else to compete with Teddy because it’s just too risky to rely on him for a whole season. It will be interesting to see what kinds of offers Keenum, Bridgewater, and Bradford get this offseason because I think the best case scenario is to bring two of them back on short-term deals, and at this point I don’t really care which two.

  11. This trio of qb’s picked a bad year to be free agents. There are fewer teams without any viable starter than in most years. And none of them has enough upside to replace anyone not named Kizer. Then again, with all those picks, the Browns will look for a true franchise qb in the draft. I could see the Cards signing Keenum, but not for big money. The difference between him an Drew Stanton isn’t much.

  12. stellarperformance says:
    January 22, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Now that the “even blind squirrels get lucky” season is over for the Vikings, the annual campaign to “beat the Packers” can begin anew, starting with the quarterback position………from scratch…….all over again.
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    False bravado. You know the Packers are a 10-6 team WITH Rodgers, which was proven in 2015 and 2016. They’re slightly better than the Browns without Rodgers. The Packers have a lot of problems of their own that they need to fix, so don’t act like bringing Rodgers back puts them ahead of the Vikings. That “blind squirrel” won the division two of the last three years, and Rodgers played the whole season one of those years.

  13. Problem for the Vikings is they had 3 NFL starting caliber QBs on the roster, but none of them are good enough to propel this team to the SB, even with the leagues best defense. So where do they go from here? You can’t waste that defense in its prime by going the draft route (besides having the 30th pick overall), what you had on your team is likely the best available in free agency. Brees will remain with the Saints. So the off-season is 1 day old and we are already looking at a worse season than this year. Vikes may make the playoffs, but I don’t see them progressing without some kind of monster year by Cook or some veteran QB having a Keenum year.

    They have to get a RT and RG and significantly upgrade their 3 technique DT as well as add another pass rusher (or use Barr better). On top of that they need another DB to replace Newman, then there is always the safety issue opposite Smith.

    Sad Monday…57 years and every single one of them ended with a season ending loss. This one hurts as much or more than any of the others, and there have been a lot of heartbreaks.

  14. Vikings have 2 backup QBs and a porcelain doll to choose from. The smartest decision….sign either one not named Sam to a moderate to low end deal and look for the real QB.

  15. Case is a QB who can keep you in a game as long as the defense is great. The last 6 qtrs the Vikings defense was exposed. The coaches know weather Teddy can play or not so it depends on how aggressive they get with signing him to knowing if they think he can do it. This team just cant lock down a franchise QB.

  16. Same story different offseason. Vikes need a qb and repairs to the offensive line. Wash, rinse, repeat.

    – Vikings fan since 1992

  17. If Teddy’s legs just can’t hold up, then he’s probably finished. But if they do Teddy could be THE steal of the season for some team. Before the injury Teddy had shown all signs to taking that next step up and he was also held back by a poor o-line and offensive system

  18. Obscured in all this QB talk is that Jerrod McKinnon is now a free agent. The Vikings have the cap space but with a healthy Cook coming back and Murray on the roster, not sure there will be enough snaps for him. Someone is going to get a real contributor.

  19. I always enjoy the banter between Viking and Packer fans.

    I see a Packers team the is one dimensional (Rodgers) with no defense. When Rodgers is out the team is ordinary at best.

    The Vikings have become a well rounded team who are being questioned today after the offense only scored 7 points the the NFCCG.

    If I were to bet today, I would put money on the Vikings repeating as division champs next year.

  20. I honestly think the Vikings could go all the way with any of the three QB’s they have on the roster. I don’t think Keenum was the predominate issue last night. Zimmer didn’t have his team ready to play. There’s plenty of talent on the Vikings – plenty! If a coach can’t get a team that loaded to play, then that’s on him. Zimmer has always struck me as odd, with his weird eccentricities and all. He just needs to pick one of the three existing QB’s, don’t go crazy with a huge contract, and fix his own coaching mistakes. Vikings will most likely be fine.

  21. All-American Voltron says:
    January 22, 2018 at 1:35 pm
    If Teddy’s legs just can’t hold up, then he’s probably finished. But if they do Teddy could be THE steal of the season for some team. Before the injury Teddy had shown all signs to taking that next step up and he was also held back by a poor o-line and offensive system

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    The guy averaged fewer than 1 TD per game for two straight seasons. If that is his upside, in what universe is he “the steal of the season”?

  22. The Vikings have one quarterback under contract and that qb is named Kyle Sloter. The Vikings have the option of starting over fresh with Sloter and a draft pick and or a veteran qb. They may just save the money as they have nearly 60 million under the salary cap and the draft ahead.

  23. some.thing-i8 says:
    January 22, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Obscured in all this QB talk is that Jerrod McKinnon is now a free agent. The Vikings have the cap space but with a healthy Cook coming back and Murray on the roster, not sure there will be enough snaps for him. Someone is going to get a real contributor.

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    I just read this morning that McKinnon says he wants to be a featured back “somewhere.” He’s played well but I don’t see him supplanting Cook.

  24. A healthy QB (Keenum) is worth more than two continuously unhealthy QBs (Bradford and Bridgewater). If the Vikings were smart, they’ll sign Keenum, ideally at a reasonable rate.

  25. bobthebillsfan says:

    January 22, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    I always enjoy the banter between Viking and Packer fans.

    I see a Packers team the is one dimensional (Rodgers) with no defense. When Rodgers is out the team is ordinary at best.

    The Vikings have become a well rounded team who are being questioned today after the offense only scored 7 points the the NFCCG.

    If I were to bet today, I would put money on the Vikings repeating as division champs next year.
    =====================
    You are correct. The Vikings have a ton of talent and will give the Packers a much more significant challenge for the Division title moving forward. With Ted Thompson and Dom Capers gone, I expect a much more aggressive defense and free agency strategy for the Packers. This will help strengthen the defense and add some playmakers to this squad. A healthy Rodgers can make a very average roster at least an 11-5 squad. Give him a defense and some playmakers and it’s game on for the Division. Should be fun!

  26. Vikings need to sort out who is going to be their new OC very quickly. Keenum needs to play within the right system to succeed; Bradford has more flexibility, but may want more money than his knees can reliably afford a team; and Bridgewater has hardly played over the past two years and will need to perhaps accept a shorter contract or less money to be given the opportunity to start. I do think that he can be more system diverse though.

    It would be wrong to decide upon a QB before signing a new OC.

  27. That should be his attitude — what was he supposed to say — “hey, with my injury and ability I’m really hoping to be a career backup”?

    The QB situation should prove interesting. Frankly, I’m not sold on any of the options as long-term answers. Then again, for a “blind nut-finding squirrel season” it’s nice to have only the QB and OC replacement issues to deal with as opposed to a new GM, defensive staff, 50% of the offensive staff, back-up QB, aging WR stars, and re working basically an entire defense.

  28. revelation123 says:
    January 22, 2018 at 12:28 pm
    Won’t matter who the starter is with Rodgers back. The only reason they were able to win the North in the first place is because of that unnecessary cheap shot.

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    So the Vikings 2017 will need a red asterisk by their division title because Rodgers didn’t play? Typical Packer arrogance, trolling or both. I didn’t see Rodgers help the Vikings to any of their 13 wins. He got hurt get over it. Packers are a hot mess right now and the only reson why MM is still there is because he had to fire his staff our he was out. Look for the Packers of the 70s to return for another 5-6 years. Sad too…..because Rodgers should have more then one ring. He may retire and get into racing with Danica if the Packers do not put a support cast around him.

  29. Keenum is an entertaining “gunslinger” type QB who wears his heart on his sleeve and has shown passion for the game and more than adequate arm strength.

    However, he isn’t Brett Favre and his arm simply can’t force the ball into gaps it has no right in being. Too many lofted balls which Diggs and Thielen were able to high point the ball and bring in the contested catch.

    He seems a great guy and I’d really like to shake his hand and buy him a beer.

    However, while he deserves a good contract as a starter in the NFL, I genuinely hope it’s with another team.

  30. If anyone considers Bradford a starting option at this point are nuts. He has the talent but is just too fragile and is career has been mostly sizzle with little steak. Bridgewater on his best day was considered a mid level starter, he is not that right now and may nevermind get there. Unless he can find a team that will allow him to compete for a starting job he should just resign in a one year prove it deal and back up Keenum. Case has played his way to a starters contract and will be the vikes starter next year and he should. The guy to watch is Slotter who is kn thw orsctice squad. He should push Bridgewater for the backup spot and could eventually push to start.

  31. As purpleguy stated, Teddy Bridgewater said exactly what any coach, GM or team owner would want to hear from a young quarterback returning from a severe setback. Can’t fault him for that.
    Do I think he’ll start somewhere next season? Probably not, unless it’s in Minnesota (Vikings brass has seen him over weeks of practice since his return, has the best and latest medical information on his knee, and may be satisfied he can get back close to where he was).
    Either way, Teddy seems like a nice guy, a hard worker, and a team guy. For that, this Packers fan wishes him well wherever he may land. I’m certainly not going to vilify him for having confidence in himself.

  32. As what happens when two top defenses go to battle…it tends to end up being an uncharacteristic shoot-out (case in point Jacksonville/Pittsburgh)…the Vikings just didn’t get the memo, I guess..Philadelphia did

  33. Both Keenum and Bradford will be 30 at the start of the next season. Sad thing is Bradford played his best game of his career week 1 before the bone spur derailed his season. He played well the prior season. If the issue truly was a bone spur and it was fixed and he’s fine, then the Vikings best option is to go with Bradford. Its clear Zimmer likes him, he even liked him over Teddy as evidence by promoting Bradford over Teddy in the playoffs. Bradford does have not just a good arm, but a great arm. His problem has always been mobility and staying on the field.

    One option nobody is talking about is for the Vikes to keep Bradford for say $12-15m/yr on a 3 year deal with incentives and injury clause and shore up the OL in FA and the draft. You would be right back to the start of this year and no worse, but with a better OL. OG Billy Price from OH St would be awesome next to Elflien and may be available at pick #30, or Isaiah Wynn from Georgia. In FA take a run at OT Nate Solder and DT’s Dontari Poe or Sheldon Richards, both are 27/28. We know the Vikings have one of the best training staffs (won this years award) and no doubt Cook will be back as good as ever.

    Doing that, along with hitting on a couple more draft picks would put the Vikings back in the same position as this year…ready to compete.

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