Spielman seems to admit that Bridgewater will be a free agent

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The NFL says that no decision has been made regarding the contractual status of Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. A recent comment from Vikings G.M. Rick Spielman seems to suggest otherwise.

“We’ve had – fortunately and unfortunately – we have three very good quarterbacks, but all of them are out of contract, so we’re going to have to make a decision,” Spielman told the team’s official website regarding the looming quarterback decision. “And that time is going to come relatively shortly, and we’re working through that process right now.”

It’s possible Spielman simply opted not to delve into the inherently sticky situation involving Bridgewater and his potentially tolled contract, given the hard feelings that a hard line by the team could create with Bridgewater and other Vikings players. Spielman has said in the past that the tolling, or not, of Bridgewater’s contract falls within the province of the league.

Still, some could regard Spielman’s comment as an indication that, even though the league says no decision has been made, the league doesn’t intend to pick a fight that it could lose on the question of whether Bridgewater properly was placed on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list to start the 2017 regular season.

39 responses to “Spielman seems to admit that Bridgewater will be a free agent

  1. People forget Bridgewater was a playoff QB before he got injured. Had Blair Walsh not missed a gimme, he may have made it as far as Keenum did. Letting him explore his options will come back to haunt him if he becomes a legitimate franchise guy somewhere else.

  2. I think the league probably told Spielman that tolling the contract might succeed but it would be an ugly process so Spielman decided discretion is the better part of valor and elected not to pursue it.

    This week at the combine, Spielman is going to find out what Cousins is looking for and what other teams might offer his quarterbacks. Then the final decision will be made about which one they go for.

  3. Old news — the NFL just issued a statement that the contract won’t be tolled, and the Vikings made it public that they had no desire to toll it in the first place. Nonetheless, I’m sure some trolls will still contend that the Vikings somehow botched this.

  4. Like Sam “$50M ‘Guaranteed’… before ever even donning a St. Louie Rams practice jersey” Bradford, TB is “damaged goods.”

  5. How can Spielman (or anybody) HAVE three (or any) quarterbacks if they at “out of contract”?
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    “dandrsports says:
    February 27, 2018 at 2:03 pm
    “Letting him explore his options will come back to haunt him if he becomes a legitimate franchise guy somewhere else.”
    Pretty sure you mean “come back to haunt THEM”?

  6. In Teddy We Trust says:
    February 27, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    “Then the final decision will be made about which one they go for.”
    _________________________

    You been saying for over a week now that Teddy was without a doubt who Zimmer wanted to be his QB. Now there is a final decision to make?

  7. Even if Teddy is a legitimate franchise QB, which really isn’t certain at this point, his health is a huge question mark. Don’t forget his knee injury was non contact. No contact and it shattered like a broken dish. Watching him play will be praying he doesn’t get hurt every single play, just like waiting to see if Case Keenum is the real deal or not all season long. Sign Cousins and whichever of the 3 sign the cheapest to be a backup.

  8. The truth is that nobody knows who is the best option. And all I know is that whoever the Vikings end up going with will be injured for the season and probably for the rest of his career by the end of September.

    Culpepper. Bridgewater. Bradford. All three were seen as potential long term starters or in the case of culepepper was given a huge contract, and then they got career ending knee injuries or potentially career ending knee injuries.

    It will always be this way. The best course of action is to keep one on a big deal and hope to keep Bradford as a backup. And sign slotter to a longer deal. Why? Because all 3 will end up playing beteeen 2018 and 2019 seasons. This team doesn’t have the luxury to assume their quarterback will stay healthy longer than 1/2 year.

    Quarterback injuries are an annual occurrence in this organization. They planned very well for that last year. They must do it again this year. If it means dropping $40 million on two quarterbacks, so be it.

  9. Lol teddy had 14 tds and around 9 ints the year we lost to Seattle. That’s what you call a playoff qb? Peterson was the reason we made it that far that yr. Blair Walsh was the only reason we had any points in that game. Teddy didn’t put up a single point. He is a nice guy but a below average qb. If anyone disagrees please show me stats that point any different. Let the guy walk.

  10. Teddy is ok. I think he’s a decent backup type. Keenum showed enough to stay on the field. He should get better with more playing time. Bradford has demonstrated elite talent. There’s no doubt about that. He’s just almost certain to get hurt. Go with Keenum and draft a QB in the 3rd or 4th round. Maybe Luke Falk from Washington State. Would anyone really be surprised if a 3rd round QB ends up being the best from this class? I wouldn’t. How many of us were talking about Brady before his draft? We think we know more than we do.

  11. reapshavocblog says:
    February 27, 2018 at 2:56 pm
    Lol teddy had 14 tds and around 9 ints the year we lost to Seattle. That’s what you call a playoff qb? Peterson was the reason we made it that far that yr. Blair Walsh was the only reason we had any points in that game. Teddy didn’t put up a single point. He is a nice guy but a below average qb. If anyone disagrees please show me stats that point any different. Let the guy walk.
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    You’re obviously bandwagon, probably early 20’s and know nothing about football or how that specific team operated and Teddy’s role as a second year starter. Stats win in fantasy, teams win on the field.

  12. People tend to forget this year there is a Fire Sale on Quarterbacks! Between Free Agency and the Draft a full 2/3rds of the teams could change QB’s.
    Zimmer has never liked Keenum, never will Zimmer thinks he is lazy and needs a constant fire under him to perform. He is aftade the team that gets Case will inherit a lazy qb that will have the mindset of, “Oh well, I played hard to get paid, time to relax a little”. On the other hand he loves Bradford, Sam will give 100% ALL the time but is a shame he got hurt this year, His 1st game showed the elite talent he has always had, and the sad fact he ended up on a RUMS team that got him nearly killed every week! Vikings will either sign Cousins, or McCarron if they don’t try to trade up for a 1st round QB. BUT that would take nearly their full set of Draft picks to do. One thing is for sure, none of Minnesotas QB’s from last season will be on the 2018 roster.

  13. tokyosandblaster says:
    February 27, 2018 at 2:27 pm
    No one cares.

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    People that read the article then take the time to post, care. Now if we are talking about the irrelevant packers then “ no one would care”

  14. ariani1985 says:
    February 27, 2018 at 2:10 pm
    NFC East- 3 wins

    2 yard Tom vs. NFC East -3 losses!!

    Let’s discuss

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    I’m trying to understand how a guy who only completes passes for 2-yards could put up over 500 yards of passing in the SB? Are you claiming that he completed over 250 passes in one game? Wow….that is impressive!

  15. I love Teddy and all that, but if there are 7 top quarterback free agents options available he’d be option No. 7.

    Good luck with whatever your future holds Bridgewater!

    Please pick Keenum over Cousins. Brees should retire down in N’awlins.

    And for the love of God dont go with Josh McCown.

  16. bobthebillsfan says:
    February 27, 2018 at 2:49 pm
    I don’t understand the 3rd comment. The AFCE did not play against the NFCE last year, it was AFCE NFCS. I think the Patriots were 3-1 against NFC teams last year.

    It’s the Super Bowl record. Not just last year. 2 losses against the Giants, 1 against the Eagles. The Cowboys don’t look to go back anytime soon.

  17. Bridgewater was looking a lot better in the preseason before he was injured. Now, that is the preseason, so that doesn’t guarantee anything, but he likely would have continued to improve. But, with the injury, no one can be sure if his knee will hold up. The Vikings would know more than others, but no one can be sure. I think they would welcome him back as the #2, but may not trust him enough yet to lock him in as the starter, unless they run out of all other options.

  18. nhpats says:

    I’m trying to understand how a guy who only completes passes for 2-yards could put up over 500 yards of passing in the SB? Are you claiming that he completed over 250 passes in one game? Wow….that is impressive!

    It’s simple really. The NE offense is based on dink and dunk. Short slant passes usually with a pick, and the receiver or back picks up mega yards after the carry. Brady is rarely throwing that pass downfield, but the Gronks of the world pick up YAC which inflates a lot of stats. That wasn’t any different in the SB.

  19. The Vikings obviously don’t think Teddy is a starting caliber QB, or they would wrap him up despite what it would cost. They’ve had Pro-Bowl (caliber) play from three different quarterbacks three years in a row, complimented by a “vaunted” defense and none of them are good enough to keep? They’d rather have another “Flacco” with Cousins? Why?

    Make up your mind, the season is fast approaching.

    Meanwhile, Rodgers was spared another year of wear and tear on his body and will be more than ready. The front office and coaching changes the Packers made were long overdue and can finally pay dividends.

    The New Green Bay Packers are once again the team to beat in the NFCN. You know it. I know it. Everybody knows it. Without a designated quarterback, it’s back to the drawing board for the Vikings. Heck, Zimmer wouldn’t even officially designate Keenum as a starter……..while he was tearing it up! What more do they want? Rodgers?

  20. And clarifying to nhpats – Brady did throw close to 50 times. That helps you get to 500 yards. Montana averaged something like 35-36 if I recall correctly.

  21. Packers fans are so precious. No matter which direction the Vikings go in for the solution at QB, packers fans will say it’s wrong. You know it, I know it. Everybody knows it.

    They are in on Cousins? Hes barely better than Keenum!
    They decide to go with Keenum? You have a chance to get a QB like Cousins, do it!
    Roll with Bridgewater? He stinks, look at his stats!
    Bradford? He’s a china doll and made of glass!!

    They could trade for Tom Brady and packers fans would find some stupid reason to call it the wrong move.

    They are scared. they know that Rodgers is on the back 9 of his career and the dark ages are coming back.

    They have a bout 3 worth while defenders and 1 good WR.

    This team was exposed big time with Rodgers gone.

    Let them ramble, they know they will be irrelevant again very shortly.

  22. packertruth says:
    February 27, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    February 27, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    “Then the final decision will be made about which one they go for.”
    _________________________

    You been saying for over a week now that Teddy was without a doubt who Zimmer wanted to be his QB. Now there is a final decision to make?
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    I have two responses to this. First, I can only predict who I think the Vikings will choose. I can’t make any guarantees, but my belief is that they will decide Bridgewater is the guy when the final decision is made. This presumes that he is healthy which is an assumption I am making.

    Second, Zimmer does want Teddy to be his quarterback, but he isn’t the only one in on this decision. Spielman and Wilf have more to say on it and they might decide that the best way to have stability at the position is to sign a guy to such a big contract that you can’t get rid of him.

  23. billtetley53 says:
    February 27, 2018 at 4:27 pm
    Let them ramble, they know they will be irrelevant again very shortly.
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    Not likely. This is the same refrain we’ve been hearing for a quarter century. If you’re fishing for sure things, you might want to check out the Viking archives. That’s where you’ll find your answers.

  24. In Teddy We Trust says:
    February 27, 2018 at 4:48 pm
    I can’t make any guarantees, but my belief is that they will decide Bridgewater is the guy when the final decision is made.
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    You seem to be one of maybe 3 people that actually think this. And I honestly don’t know why. The NFL is a brutal business. And there is no reason to cut Teddy any slack here. I can’t think of a single reason to sign Teddy to a long term contract and make him your unequivocal starter when you have a ton of cap space and there are at least 3-4 guys out there that are available. I’m saying this and I like Teddy! I just don’t like his knee.

  25. reapshavocblog says:
    February 27, 2018 at 2:56 pm
    Lol teddy had 14 tds and around 9 ints the year we lost to Seattle. That’s what you call a playoff qb? Peterson was the reason we made it that far that yr. Blair Walsh was the only reason we had any points in that game. Teddy didn’t put up a single point. He is a nice guy but a below average qb. If anyone disagrees please show me stats that point any different.
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    11-5. NFC North Champions.
    It’s all about the knee that the Vikings should be concerned with, not his “stats”.

  26. I’ll say this much. If TB or Bradford is your big ticket signing this off season, then you better use your #1 draft pick on a QB for when one of their knees goes snap.

  27. Bridgewater is so lucky he is not managing the fry station at McDonald’s – he is barely mediocre as a professional QB. He is above average so infrequently that having stopped clock moments would be an upgrade.

  28. The Vikings offense is a good environment for quarterbacks to succeed in. Diggs and Thielen are very good receivers with great catch radiuses (radii?), can make catches with not-so-perfect passes in tight coverage, and can take advantage of blown coverages as well as anyone. Rudolph is a good safety net, there are some good RBs and Dalvin Cook is coming back. The offensive line was greatly improved but the depth is an issue (started to show late in the season), but that is something that can be addressed.

    Keenum was able to succeed in it. Bradford looked great in it before he got hurt. Bridgewater I feel could have succeeded in it as well, given a chance. And Cousins could also succeed in it. They did lose the offensive coordinator, so there is some change already (just ask the Falcons how that affects things). Heck, I still feel Sloter could do well in it.

    It may be that the decision is a tough decision but while there may be no easy right answer, there is no easy wrong answer either. Of course if you pick one and he gets hurt then 20/20. On that level, Cousins and Keenum at least have a lack of serious injury history behind them. Bridgewater is by all accounts a terrific person, one people are glad to have around. Bradford easily has the best arm of all of them, can make throws none of the others can.

    In a perfect world, you get two of them, but you’ll probably have to settle for one, plus Sloter as the backup.

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