Report: Teddy Bridgewater expected to be a free agent

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We know that two of the Vikings’ quarterbacks from last season are set for free agency on March 14 and it looks like the third will be joining them.

When last we checked in with the league about whether Teddy Bridgewater‘s contract would toll because he spent six games on the physically unable to perform list last season, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said they “will let you know when we have something.” That hasn’t changed, but another league employee reports all signs point toward Bridgewater hitting the open market.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Bridgewater is expected to be a free agent come the start of the new league year. Rapoport adds that the Vikings are not “planning to assert” that Bridgewater’s rights should remain with them for another year.

That’s pretty much what Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said early this month when he framed the Bridgewater contract question as a league matter rather than a team issue. Rapoport followed up his initial report to say “all parties” are in agreement in reply to our tweet about that characterization. If the league isn’t willing to make it an issue, part of the reason may be found in the recent loss of a grievance involving Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron.

McCarron argued he was improperly placed on the NFI list as a rookie and an arbitrator agreed, which leaves McCarron set for unrestricted rather than restricted free agency. Bridgewater could make a similar argument about being ready for medical clearance in Week One and that the Vikings’ more cautious approach had to do with roster machinations rather than his health.

49 responses to “Report: Teddy Bridgewater expected to be a free agent

  1. I think that the Vikings not contesting this result – if it ends up being the result – is the right thing to do. Teddy is nothing but class, he is a fan favorite, and my guess is that they did what they did either through an overabundance of caution or….roster machinations. Either way he should be unrestricted. Give the kid a chance to compete if he won’t be doing it on your team.

    Not saying of course that they have made THAT particular decision, but 3 capable QBs on one roster…someone is going!

  2. The injury has an 18-24 month recovery timetable. TB pushed it to become active, almost out of desperation by the Vikes, as Sloter was the only other backup. The fact he was deactivated for the playoffs tells me he wasn’t all that ready, probably mentally and physically. He won’t get many looks in FA or guaranteed money. He may suffer the same fate as Daunte C. and never be the same guy on the field. He will only be signed to compete for a backup role.

  3. when you dont sign your own qb in hopes to land cousins, i may be poetic when you dont land any.. seems like Bradford and Bridgewater wouldnt end up being that expensive to keep.. some one likely will over pay for Keenum though

  4. He won’t command a big offer. Questionable mechanics, only throws the ball if the WR is wide open, not a strong arm so DBs close on the ball quickly…..Oh, and he about lost his leg 18 months ago. Love the kid…great young man….but doesn’t have the skill set and resume to command a huge offer.

  5. I think this was apparent when they didn’t dress him in the playoffs and went with Bradford as the backup. instead.

  6. The Vikings have a very winnable case for tolling Teddy’s contract but the fact that they will let him go to Free Agency tells me more about what the Vikings really think of Teddy’s upside, or more accurately, lack thereof.

    The Viking brain trust (and I use that term loosely) is far more concerned as to whether they should back up the Brinks Truck to sign Cousins, a proven choker when it comes to the playoffs, or attempt to sign Keenum who didn’t exactly choke in his own playoff appearances but he hardly got the chance to, his Defense decided to that for him.

    Given the Viking’s history when it comes to QB’s (leaving Rodgers in the Green Room the year the Vikings had 2 First rounders ahead of the Packers, T-Jack, Ponder, signing a second contract with a broken down Favre, the list goes on) the only certainty is Spielman will make the wrong decision.

  7. This will only increase Kirk Cousins value…

    Kirk Cousins is the only player in NFL history, whose value increased as his play decreased…it truly is remarkable…Brees, Bridgewater, McCarron, Keenum, rookie potential in the draft…will all be available…and none of that drives Kirk’s price tag down one penny!!!

    if I were a player, I’d want Kirk Cousins negotiating the terms of the next collective bargaining agreement…

  8. Sounds like the Vikings are doing Teddy a solid. Not sure why. It’s a business. You do what’s right for the team. But who knows. He could come back on a 2 year deal after he explores some options. Not sure any team should take that chance of $15 a year to make him a starter. You have no idea if that knee will hold up.

  9. The Vikings have arguably the best defense in the NFL, at the very least top 2 or 3. They have solid offensive weapons in Diggs, Thielin, Rudolph and are getting Dalvin Cook back. If they add Cousins, look out this will be the team to beat in the NFC.

  10. Really hope they dont sign Cousins. I jut dont get what he’s done that makes him so sought after?? I hope Teddy does sign elsewhere as to me he is just too skinny and fragile to be an NFL quarterback. Branford too risky to resign with bad knees. Case to me is too short to be an elite NFL quarterback but they should resign him even to compete for job and or backup. Maybe we can make one more run at Brett Favre the gunslinger and get him out of retirement.

  11. Teddy will re-sign with the Vikings for harmless money and could end up being their starter if all the other considerations fall through the cracks. It wouldn’t be the end of the world. He’s competent and familiar, and there are no guarantees with any of these guys.

  12. It says a lot that the team who drafted him and had him around 4 years just lets him walk. Having been a fan favorite to also tells that they know something about his condition that everyone else doesn’t.

    That knee is a ticking time bomb. He hasn’t had real contact in two years. Anyone who pays him better not over pay.

  13. hardheadedrb says:
    February 27, 2018 at 8:27 am
    He may suffer the same fate as Daunte C. and never be the same guy on the field.

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    Never be the same guy? Even at his best Teddy averaged fewer than 1 TD per game. If that was his upside then what is the point?

  14. I love all three of our QB’S but i’m not sure any are going to take you to a SB. A great defense will win a lot of games but you have to be able to win a shoot out once in a while. I hear a lot about how the Vikes defense was the fault of the blow out in the Championship game and they were but the Vikes only scored seven points. Two weeks later Pats and Eagles both scored over thirty five against good/great defenses.

  15. I can see a team signing him as a possible starter (AZ, Buff), but I think he’d be a great pickup for a team who needs a backup and possible long-term solution, and don’t want to spend a high pick. San Diego, New England, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, the Giants, and even the Jets fall into this category. You could even pencil the Titans, Jags, Bengals, Bucs, Chiefs, and Dolphins as teams looking for a plan B if their younger Qbs don’t pan out. The Skins have an older QB who could fizzle in DC. The Colts, Texans, the Ravens, and Packers all have star QBs who are coming off of injuries. The Lions are contenders who could use a backup that would give them a fighting chance if Stafford goes down. And, of course, the Broncos seem willing tom plug in anybody at that spot if it gets them some W’s. All in all, I think there is a great market for Bridgewater. He’s probably not going to get paid, but he should have plenty of options. He could be a low risk-high reward pickup for almost any team.

  16. whatjusthapped says:
    February 27, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Given the Viking’s history when it comes to QB’s (leaving Rodgers in the Green Room the year the Vikings had 2 First rounders ahead of the Packers, T-Jack, Ponder, signing a second contract with a broken down Favre, the list goes on) the only certainty is Spielman will make the wrong decision.
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    I wonder how many times you have to make that moronic statement about passing up Erin Rodgers. Anyone who would use a first round pick on a QB with an all pro caliber QB on roster (Culpepper) would have to be a genius like you.

  17. whatjusthappened is that the Vikings had an all pro QB and wasn’t in the market for a QB the year Erin was left in the Green Room by every team, meanwhile the Pack has no run game and let Cook, Kamara, Hunt and other quality RBs go in the first several rounds of the draft last year, then picked a bunch of horse crap in the final 3 rounds…they really are Cleveland West.

  18. I agree with the poster that said the Packers could use Bridgewater. Put him in at LB to replace that long haired freak who does those dumb commercials. A definite upgrade

  19. The Vikings are in a position to have whatever free agent quarterback they want. They have the money and any one of them would want to play here if he was the starter. If they want Cousins, they can have him. If they want Keenum, they can have him. If they want Bridgewater, they can have him. And they just might. No one else is going to give him starter money because they don’t know what they’re going to get, but the Vikings do. If they decide he’s their starter, they can have him for high-end backup money and spend the rest upgrading other areas of the team.

    That’s a pretty good position to be in, if you ask me.

  20. whatjusthappened is that the Vikings had an all pro QB and wasn’t in the market for a QB the year Erin was left in the Green Room by every team, meanwhile the Pack has no run game and let Cook, Kamara, Hunt and other quality RBs go in the first several rounds of the draft last year, then picked a bunch of horse crap in the final 3 rounds…they really are Cleveland West.

    First off MVP Favre was on our roster when Aaron was drafted and how did that work out? Looks to me you are still without a q.b. 15 yrs later while we have arguably the best in the league.

    As far as rushing GB running backs were top 5 in NFL in yds per carry in the NFL hate to see where we would have been if we drafted well. Smh

  21. Would he be wiling to sign with NE to get his career back on track with great coaching, backing up Brady with the plan he steps in when Tom’s gone? That’s a win-win for player and team. Pats would not need to us a 2nd round pick on a wb that might not pan out and usecitvto bolster defense.

  22. The Vikings are in a position to have whatever free agent quarterback they want. They have the money and any one of them would want to play here if he was the starter. If they want Cousins, they can have him. If they want Keenum, they can have him. If they want Bridgewater, they can have him. And they just might. No one else is going to give him starter money because they don’t know what they’re going to get, but the Vikings do. If they decide he’s their starter, they can have him for high-end backup money and spend the rest upgrading other areas of the team.

    That’s a pretty good position to be in, if you ask me.

    It’s the off-season once again and we get to hear about the next purple jesus. Now the the vikings can just pick who they want and every other team has to wait to see what the vikings do first. Arrogant much?

  23. whatjusthapped says:
    February 27, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Given the Viking’s history when it comes to QB’s (leaving Rodgers in the Green Room the year the Vikings had 2 First rounders ahead of the Packers…

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    As long as we are taking a stroll down memory lane, remember when the Packers left Barry Sanders, Derrick Thomas, and Deion Sanders–all now Hall of Famers and recognized as among the greatest players in NFL history–in the Green Room to select Tony Mandarich? Great times!

  24. I didn’t read the comments before posting and see others agree. Pardon my typos.

    This is where a really good agent doesn’t just market his guy to the highest bidder but rather negotiates to get him to the right situation for reasonable compensation.

  25. meccalambeaufield3 says:
    February 27, 2018 at 11:37 am

    It’s the off-season once again and we get to hear about the next purple jesus. Now the the vikings can just pick who they want and every other team has to wait to see what the vikings do first. Arrogant much?
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    Explain how it isn’t true. They have the money and any of the players they want would like to be here.

  26. In Teddy We Trust says:
    February 27, 2018 at 12:13 pm
    meccalambeaufield3 says:
    February 27, 2018 at 11:37 am

    It’s the off-season once again and we get to hear about the next purple jesus. Now the the vikings can just pick who they want and every other team has to wait to see what the vikings do first. Arrogant much?
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    Explain how it isn’t true. They have the money and any of the players they want would like to be here.

    You made the ridiculous claim so please enlighten us to your inside knowledge that if they want Cousins he is there. Any other team is inconsequential if the vikings say they are interested? Wow.

  27. The talking heads all agree that the MN Vikings QB opening is by far the most enticing for free agents. It’s not Minnesotans drinking the kool-aid, it’s fact based on the numbers the defense and offensive weapons put up last year which is all any team can use for leverage, aside from money which the Vikings have plenty of as well. In this case, the Vikings are the belle of the ball, no matter how much that irks packer fans.

  28. meccalambeaufield3 says:
    February 27, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    You made the ridiculous claim so please enlighten us to your inside knowledge that if they want Cousins he is there. Any other team is inconsequential if the vikings say they are interested? Wow.
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    Purplepackerhater explained it pretty well, but I’ll add that it was reported that Cousins already said that the Vikings are “number one with a bullet” if the numbers are comparable. Keenum has also said many times that he wants to stay. Bridgewater would certainly want to stay here to be the starter rather than go somewhere else to compete for the starting job. Some other team may offer more money, but if the Vikings decide they want a particular guy, they have the cap space to match any offer. They can have whichever quarterback they decide they want. Fact.

  29. Cousins is the QB the Vikings need to finally win a Super Bowl. Everyone likes Bridgewater but almost no one comes back from a dislocated knee to compete in professional athletics again. I can think of one, a basketball player, and his injury was not as bad a dislocation at Teddy’s injury.

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