NFL: “No decision has been made” on Teddy Bridgewater

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As the NFL, through its in-house media conglomerate, pushes the notion that Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater‘s contract won’t be tolled from 2017 to 2018, allowing him to become a free agent, the NFL officially is taking a more equivocal position.

“No decision has been made,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarty told PFT via email on Tuesday morning.

The situation involves two issues. First, does the placement of Bridgewater on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list to start the 2017 regular season trigger a provision in the labor deal that automatically tolls his contract for a year? Second, and perhaps more importantly, was Bridgewater improperly placed on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list to start the 2017 regular season?

As to the first question, the language of the CBA seems clear. If a player in the last year of his contract misses six games due to being physically unable to perform, his contract tolls for a year. As to the second question, an arbitrator could decide to reject the medical testimony and documents supposedly supporting the decision to keep Bridgewater on the PUP list. An arbitrator recently made a similar decision in a grievance filed by Bengals quarterback A.J. McCarron, who successfully argued that the team improperly put him on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list to start the 2014 season, robbing him of a year of credit toward free agency.

The Vikings hope to avoid the perception/reality that they’d be responsible for keeping Bridgewater under contract for another year. The league eventually must decide whether it wants to risk losing another fight of this nature, exposing yet again the extent to which doctors can manipulate medical decisions in a way that advances the strategic interests of the team that pays them.

However it plays out, a decision needs to be made soon. The free-agent market officially opens in 15 days.

29 responses to “NFL: “No decision has been made” on Teddy Bridgewater

  1. The main difference being that Teddy WAS indeed physically unable to perform for the first 6 weeks. He didn’t play until week 15 and that was for a few snaps and was deactivated for the playoffs because he still wasn’t 100%. This is a no brainier that the Vikngs would win if they fought it.

  2. Teddy will stay with the Vikings for simple money and they’ll love it in the front office and he’ll then finally have his chance to prove he is a top-tier franchise-caliber quarterback, and the Viking fans can finally say; “See, we told you so.”

    It could happen.

  3. Decision should have already come down in fairness to player/team in making free agent/drafting decisions. NFLPA should add/negotiate for future agreement provision providing hard timeline to these types of circumstances. If not met, player is free agent.

  4. My message to Zygi:

    The way you do business matters, make the call, explain it to Teddy and then explain it to Viking Nation.

    Do not take political cover behind the NFL. It makes you look weak.

  5. The NFL doesn’t seem to be able to make rules that are clear and uniformly enforced…I understand the NFL just a little mom and pop operation, but it shouldn’t be that hard to pay someone to get it done…

  6. Teddy almost lost his leg when his knee and surrounding support tissue ruptured from a non contact injury. He’s lucky to be walking. I love the kid but what team will invest millions to make him their QB? None. The Vikes should help him make the right decision by giving him a coaching gig with the team. His smile and enthusiasm is contagious. He’s smart and can relate to players. He’d be great on the practice field and sidelines.

  7. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    February 27, 2018 at 9:38 am
    Why would anyone stay with this Franchise unless they had no other options?

    #0WorldChampionships
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    My favorite part about this post is the “#0worldchampionships”. Not “superbowls” mind you, but actual “world championships”. It’s a passive aggressive way to try to bring relevance to your team’s pre Superbowl success. Nobody cares, your team never “championed the world”. All you’ve gotta do is convince yourself tho!… best of luck to teddy!

  8. This is what happens when Unions and Lawyers run the world (I’m a Union Member myself). This should be a simple, common sense decision.

    Step 1, The Decision: Did Teddy miss 6 weeks of his last contractual season due to an injury? Yes, so the contract tolls.

    Step 2, The Appeal: Can Teddy produce any evidence that shows that it wasn’t medically necessary to miss those 6 weeks? If so, the Contract doesn’t toll and he is granted Free Agency.

    Honestly, it would be that simple if not for Unions, Attorneys and politically motivated decisions.

  9. It’s fairly obvious to me that the NFLPA would have no chance of winning a grievance stating that Teddy should not have been put on the PUP list at the start of the season. His leg was nearly severed at the knee just one year earlier and other injuries of this type have taken up to two years to heal. The Vikings aren’t afraid of that argument. I’m sure they just don’t want the hassle of going through the grievance process for a guy they either (a) don’t want to keep around that much, or (b) want to make their starting quarterback.

    If they wanted to keep Teddy as a backup, they would certainly be trying to toll the contract because that’s the cheapest way to keep him. If they want him as the starter, however, then why alienate the player and risk losing him next year when you could keep him with a relatively inexpensive incentive-laden deal? The other option is they don’t want him at all, which is possible if they don’t think he can come back from the injury but that seems pretty unlikely after all the things they’ve been saying about him.

  10. somatg3 says:
    February 27, 2018 at 9:39 am
    The main difference being that Teddy WAS indeed physically unable to perform for the first 6 weeks. He didn’t play until week 15 and that was for a few snaps and was deactivated for the playoffs because he still wasn’t 100%. This is a no brainier that the Vikngs would win if they fought it.
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    You probablyright in your analysis, but it’s immoral on the Vikings/NFL as all get out. These guys got a very short window to play and earn. Contracts are already not guaranteed. It would be one thing if he hurt himself in a non-football activity but this isn’t. He should get the benefit of his year in service regardless of whether him being a free agent is a good idea for him.

  11. So, the Vikings don’t want to be the bad guys, but would gladly keep him as the #2 at a cheap price. The NFL doesn’t want to risk losing to an arbitrator or court. Meanwhile, the player and team are left in limbo while the NFL drags their feet.

  12. There’s already been a ton of rumblings the last two days that the Vikes aren’t interested in pushing the tolling issue with Teddy. But hey, this gives cheesers the chance to jump to conclusions rather than focusing upon the waste of Aaron Rodgers’ career the last 5 years or so.

  13. Personally, I think the tolling issue is irrelevant.

    All that’s really going on is how much will it cost to keep TB.
    No team will sign him to a large contract.

    So the only issue remaining is how much is Minnesota willing to pay teddy. No doubt they would take the tolling contract. But I doubt teddy gets more than the league minimum as a free agent.

  14. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    February 27, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    But I doubt teddy gets more than the league minimum as a free agent.
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    The league minimum for a 5th-year veteran in 2018 is $790,000. Do you honestly think Teddy would be better off having his contract tolled than to hit free agency? Even a low-end veteran backup quarterback is going to get $2 million or more. Even with the question marks about his knee, his upside will get him at least $7 million a year even to be a backup.

  15. n Teddy We Trust says:
    February 27, 2018 at 1:20 pm
    screamingyellowzonkers says:
    February 27, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    But I doubt teddy gets more than the league minimum as a free agent.
    __________

    The league minimum for a 5th-year veteran in 2018 is $790,000. Do you honestly think Teddy would be better off having his contract tolled than to hit free agency? Even a low-end veteran backup quarterback is going to get $2 million or more. Even with the question marks about his knee, his upside will get him at least $7 million a year even to be a backup.
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    I can’t imagine any team paying TB $7 million a year. It might get to $7 million with incentives, but no team will just sign him to a $7 million per year contract for showing up. My guess says he gets $2 million a year and with the Vikings.

  16. purpleguy says:
    February 27, 2018 at 12:04 pm
    But hey, this gives cheesers the chance to jump to conclusions rather than focusing upon the waste of Aaron Rodgers’ career the last 5 years or so.
    _____________________________________
    Let’s see, the Packers made the playoffs 4 of those 5 seasons.

    There you have it ladies and gents, the most reasonable Purple has declared the season is a waste unless you win the Super Bowl. Apparently that’s the purple position.

  17. packertruth says:
    February 27, 2018
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    Let’s see, the Packers made the playoffs 4 of those 5 seasons.

    There you have it ladies and gents, the most reasonable Purple has declared the season is a waste unless you win the Super Bowl. Apparently that’s the purple position
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    Nope. That’s the packer fan rule.

    You see, you packer fans make the” 0 championships requirement “all the time.
    The Vikings have more playoff appearances than the packers since the Vikings entered the league in 1961. It’s a fact.

  18. In Teddy We Trust says:
    February 27, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    … Even with the question marks about his knee, his upside will get him at least $7 million a year even to be a backup.

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    $7M a year for Teddy? You’re usually spot on, but I think you’re a bit off on this one….

  19. A lot will depend on where different guys end up but there is no way Teddy only gets $2 million, especially if it’s with the Vikings. People are talking about AJ McCarron getting $18 million. Teddy is a starting caliber quarterback who has some injury risk and he will definitely have interest on the open market.

  20. In Teddy We Trust says:
    February 27, 2018 at 5:25 pm
    A lot will depend on where different guys end up but there is no way Teddy only gets $2 million, especially if it’s with the Vikings. People are talking about AJ McCarron getting $18 million. Teddy is a starting caliber quarterback who has some injury risk and he will definitely have interest on the open market.
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    What teams do you think would pay $7 Million to a QB who hasn’t played for 2 years and still don’t know if he can ever play at a professional level?
    I just don’t see any team willing to pay that up front to a QB you don’t know is healthy.

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