Rick Spielman thinks it’s likely Teddy Bridgewater will become a free agent

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The NFL has yet to announce, or to decide, whether Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will become a free agent, or whether his contract will be tolled by a year, pushing his eligibility for free agency to 2019. Vikings G.M. Rick Spielman, who has deferred to the league in the question of Bridgewater’s contract, thinks the contract will not be tolled.

Appearing on PFT Live, Spielman said he believes the league eventually will declare Bridgewater to be a free agent. This will give the Vikings three veteran quarterbacks who are poised to hit the market: Bridgewater, Sam Bradford, and Case Keenum.

Spielman also addressed the decision that the Vikings will have to make at quarterback, suggesting that the plan to make a decision by March 14. This means that they’ll either keep one of their current quarterbacks or sign a free agent sight unseen, agreeing to terms during the two-day negotiating window without a visit.

For everything Spielman had to say, check out the video of his visit to PFT Live.

19 responses to “Rick Spielman thinks it’s likely Teddy Bridgewater will become a free agent

  1. They’re probably hoping they can keep Keenum for less than “tag.” If not, and with any luck, Brett Hundley will become available.

  2. The business side of the NFL sucks sometimes. Spielman and the Wilfs just can’t trust Teddy’s knee right now when the window is open. Bridgewater is by far the most popular Viking until Thielens coming out party this year. Teddy will always be loved in MN and there will always be a feeling of unfinished business when true fans talk about him. The bandwagon losers will tell you he never had it. He definitely is one of the few that has “IT”

  3. stellarperformance says:
    February 28, 2018 at 5:53 pm
    They’re probably hoping they can keep Keenum for less than “tag.” If not, and with any luck, Brett Hundley will become available.
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    The funniest thing about that statement is that the Packers drafted Hundley and “developed” him….and then Rodgers gets hurt and it turns out Hundley still sucks just as much as he did in college…the Vikings lose their starting QB after one game and still make it to the NFC championship game…no need to argue about which team is better…

  4. I wouldn’t be surprised if Teddy is back. Good to let him try to get as much $ as he can in FA, because he deserves that chance but nobody knows his condition better than the Vikes. I’d love him back, but as a back up until we know 100% how the knee will perform.

  5. This man is a class act and so is Zimmer. Great interview by Florio. Slick Rick no doubt knows more than he’s saying, but hearing there’s been no final decision made makes this Vikings fan happy. Don’t know enough about Cousins to say, but all three of these QBs are good people. Especially Teddy. I hate the situation. He was really progressing.

    I’m sticking with my original prediction: Keenum gets a three year deal to stay.

  6. “the Packers drafted Hundley and “developed” him….and then Rodgers gets hurt and it turns out Hundley still sucks just as much as he did in college…the Vikings lose their starting QB after one game and still make it to the NFC championship game…no need to argue about which team is better…”

    This year the Vikings and their three mediocre-to-good QBs were better. Next year I’ll go with the great QB’s team.

  7. Wait, ‘thinks its likely’, he is the GM, should he know? The Vikings only hope is that someone other than Spielman makes the final decision, he hasn’t gotten one right yet.

  8. Again this is the NFL’s decision to make regarding if Teddy’s contract is to be tolled or not according to the CBA agreement. Pretty straight forward for most people to understand.

  9. downtownswinga says:
    February 28, 2018 at 8:15 pm
    The funniest thing about that statement is that the Packers drafted Hundley and “developed” him….and then Rodgers gets hurt and it turns out Hundley still sucks just as much as he did in college…the Vikings lose their starting QB after one game and still make it to the NFC championship game…no need to argue about which team is better…
    ////////////////////////////////

    You know what’s even funnier? The Packers have had one down season in ten, and the Vikings have had one good season in ten, and all of a sudden the Vikings are a dynasty. That’s hilarious.

    The New Green Bay Packers are once again the team to beat in the NFCN. The Minnesota Pretenders had their one chance.

  10. mnrasslinggovjesse says:

    This year the Vikings and their three mediocre-to-good QBs were better. Next year I’ll go with the great QB’s team.
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    Like Bridgewater, Rodgers is damaged goods until he proves otherwise.

    Rodgers was NOT the same QB when he came back and played after being medically cleared.

    I’m not saying he won’t play better in 2018 than he looked against Carolina – but Rodgers was totally inept when attempting to throw the long ball that day – tossing 3 INT’s when he attempted to hit a deep receiver.

    In other words, Rodgers was (and may still be) a dink and dunk passer after his latest injury.

  11. whatjusthapped says:
    February 28, 2018 at 10:26 pm
    Wait, ‘thinks its likely’, he is the GM, should he know? The Vikings only hope is that someone other than Spielman makes the final decision, he hasn’t gotten one right yet.
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    After winning an executive of the year award and building a team deep enough to make the NFCC after losing the starting QB and RB, I’m guessing the Vikings will be comfortable about any decision he makes. I know you don’t have any first hand experience on what building a balanced complementary football team consists of so I will give you a pass.

  12. stellarperformance says:
    March 1, 2018 at 6:59 am
    downtownswinga says:
    February 28, 2018 at 8:15 pm
    The funniest thing about that statement is that the Packers drafted Hundley and “developed” him….and then Rodgers gets hurt and it turns out Hundley still sucks just as much as he did in college…the Vikings lose their starting QB after one game and still make it to the NFC championship game…no need to argue about which team is better…
    ////////////////////////////////

    You know what’s even funnier? The Packers have had one down season in ten, and the Vikings have had one good season in ten, and all of a sudden the Vikings are a dynasty. That’s hilarious.

    The New Green Bay Packers are once again the team to beat in the NFCN. The Minnesota Pretenders had their one chance.

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    You know whats even funnier than that? Since Zimm has been at the helm, 4 years. The Vikes have won the division 2 outt the 4. And the Packers had a healthy Rodgers 3 of those years. Can ya see the sunset yet Packers fan?

  13. stellarperformance says:
    March 1, 2018 at 6:59 am

    You know what’s even funnier? The Packers have had one down season in ten, and the Vikings have had one good season in ten, and all of a sudden the Vikings are a dynasty. That’s hilarious.
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    What’s your definition of a “down season”? The Packers have had records of 6-10 and 7-9 in the last 10 years. In my book, that’s two down seasons. Now that would mean the 8-7-1 season would be considered a “good season.” The Vikings have had 5 seasons in the last 10 with a 10-6 record or better, so why do you say they’ve only had one good season in 10?

    It’s almost as if you don’t really know what you’re talking about.

  14. mrdarkness13 says:
    March 1, 2018 at 9:19 am

    You know whats even funnier than that? Since Zimm has been at the helm, 4 years. The Vikes have won the division 2 outt the 4. And the Packers had a healthy Rodgers 3 of those years. Can ya see the sunset yet Packers fan?
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    Since Zim has been at the helm, the Packers have 4 playoff victories as opposed to the Vikings one. Viking dynasty anyone?

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