Report: “Handful of teams” see Teddy Bridgewater as potential starter

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The NFL hasn’t made anything official yet, but signs continue to point to quarterback Teddy Bridgewater becoming an unrestricted free agent on March 14 rather than having his contract with the Vikings toll for another season.

If that is indeed the case, it sounds like Bridgewater will field some calls from outside Minnesota. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that a “handful of teams” showed interest in Bridgewater as a potential starting quarterback. Bridgewater said in January that he “definitely” thinks he can start in 2018.

The potential part of that equation suggests no one is going to hand Bridgewater a starting job, which makes sense given he’s spent two years (save a handful of snaps in garbage time last season) out of action after a serious knee injury.

The Cardinals, Jets and Broncos are reportedly the teams that have joined the Vikings in the running for Kirk Cousins and those that don’t land him could turn to Bridgewater, especially if they see him as a well-named bridge option until a rookie selected in this year’s draft is ready to start. With Case Keenum, Josh McCown, Sam Bradford and AJ McCarron also hitting the market, it should be a spirited game of musical chairs once teams are free to start making moves.

47 responses to “Report: “Handful of teams” see Teddy Bridgewater as potential starter

  1. In fairness, posing in the first round of the playoffs without scoring a TD is a valid goal for many teams.

  2. They are desperate or delusional. Article says the obvious: Hasn’t played in two years.

    No one has tackled or hit him yet since. Huge roll of the dice to think he’ll be the same guy, which was average before hand.

    He should be hoping for a 1-2 year prove it deal for anyone willing to try and start him. Otherwise a GOOD backup.

  3. Two years out of the game aside, if he can pass a physical he is still likely a top 15 QB. Not top 15, not top 10, but better than half the league or who half the league is looking at. I would love to see him grab a spot. And Case. I’d love Bradford to grab a spot too but his knee, I just can’t get over. That’s years in the making.

  4. Great kid. Hope he starts for a team and does well. But with that injury its a tenuous move to go into a season with him as your starter. It’s telling that the Vikings apparently aren’t sold on his rehab or they would have already have resigned him.

  5. Unless we could see him in practice or in the gym, or in the weight room, or anywhere really except on the sideline, maybe we could say something intelligent about whether or not the Viking should keep him. I’m guessing they evaluated him pretty thoroughly and know what he has. This was a devastating knee injury, congratulations to him for coming back. But if the Vikings don’t want him there’s a reason.

  6. His best attribute is his legs which we don’t know if he will still have. Time will tell, but I wish him well, he is one of the good guys of the NFL.

  7. Here is the perfect scenario for everyone involved. Eagles trade Foles to a QB needy team and sign Bridgewater. Teddy gets to start the first few games of next season and audition for his 2019 team with plenty of talent all around him. Eagles max out their comp on Foles and have a good back up capable of starting that you might argue is a better player than Foles.

    Everyone wins.

  8. Nobody is bringing in Teddy as a starter. Nobody.

    I like the guy, but honestly he was average at best even before sitting out the last 2 seasons. Wasn’t very efficient, wasn’t very productive, and isn’t very durable. He’ll get a chance to compete somewhere but nobody is eyeing him as a #1 option.

  9. The most important thing anyone needs to know is Zimmer LOVES Teddy the guy, Teddy the QB, so if the Vikings decide to go a different direction that tells you everything you need to know about if he still has the legs to produce the way he was showing right before he got hurt. I think he is a team guy, and a better QB than most people give him credit for because he doesn’t fill a box score, but the kid knows how to lead and how to win! The bottom line is how healthy is that knee, and how long can it hold up? I wish him the best where ever he ends up.

  10. The guy has started 28 NFL games, winning 17 of them, and has a Division title, while quarterbacking a run-first offense led by the best OC of the 1990’s. Calling him “average at best” or “a bust” or “done” is as ridiculous as calling him a “Future HOF”. His coaches limited him from making big plays or big mistakes. Then he blew out his knee. No one knows what he had or what he is because he has never been able to show it. Going into 2018, you’re an idiot if you actually believe you know what Teddy is going to be. I will be equally un-surprised if he goes 12-4 or if he goes 4-12 or if he doesn’t start a game.

  11. Cyz says:
    March 4, 2018 at 11:21 am
    They are desperate or delusional. Article says the obvious: Hasn’t played in two years.

    No one has tackled or hit him yet since. Huge roll of the dice to think he’ll be the same guy, which was average before hand.
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    Agreed.
    But it isn’t even the fact that he hasn’t been hit or tackled in two years, this kid got hurt by his own practice field.
    I could understand some GMs willing to roll the injury dice for a real talent, but Bridgewater’s lack of arm strength and dearth of overall passing skills lead me to believe this is all drummed up interest by his agent and reps.
    There’s no other way to explain it.

  12. Bridgewater showed a lot of heart working himself back from a catastrophic injury, for which the physical therapy must have been extremely painful to go through.

    But that knee is not really tested. Most likely one low hit on that leg, hitting a divit on a bad field and twisting it badly, anything along those lines and he’s finished for good.

    Take a chance on him maybe to compete to be a starter, but any team would be foolish to place all their hopes on him without another QB that can step right in and take over.

  13. reddzen your crazy to think he’s top 15. Brady, Brees, Rodgers, Rivers, Smith, Luck, Prescott, Wentz, Ryan, Garappolo, Manning, Stafford, Newton, Carr, Goff, Cousins, Wilson, Roethlisberger, Watson, Mariota are all better than him so that doesn’t even put him in top 20.

  14. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that….
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    No need to read past that.

  15. Ahhhh. the time of year when every free agent has dozens of teams looking at him and every draft choice is trashed by teams. I believe NOTHING coming out of any NFL team or pundit at this time of year.

  16. He will always be a Viking and I will always cheer for him wherever he ends up. Any player on the team would run through a brick wall for Teddy and is the definition of a leader and a man. He has things you can’t teach a QB.

  17. Can’t wait for the free agency period to start so we can see how everything shakes out. (You have to be excited about something in the off season.)

  18. Vikings should sign Cousins as the starter for 3 years with Teddy as the #2 for the same length of time. After 3 years Teddy would have proved whether he was good to go and developed while Vikings will know if Cousins is the answer or not. If Vikings moved on from Cousins then Teddy could take over as the starter. Great situation for both QB’s and the Vikings.

  19. If the Vikings had any faith in their fan support, teammates, doctors, specialists, trainers, and coaches, they’d go with this guy as their starter. The fact they won’t speaks volumes. Why would anybody else want him, if the people that know him best and put him back in uniform and activated him don’t? It’s almost like the Vikings want the compensatory pick for him next year. I guess that’s his value.

  20. My guess is either Teddy or Bradford remains in Minnesota as a backup to either Cousins or Keenum. Bradford is probably the best QB of the bunch. But the continued and degenerative nature of his knee issues will probably make him a backup at this point in his career. Vikings are trying to do Teddy a solid by not pushing the tolling issue. Give him a chance to see if a better deal is out there. It really does stink for him because I really do think he could be a very good QB. But the nature of his injury will probably keep anyone from giving him a good shot at a starting job. But at the end of the day staying in Minnesota as the number two guy might be his best option.

  21. I’m telling you. NFL decision makers have a much higher opinion of Teddy than you fantasy football players. If he’s healthy, he will have a great career. The only reason the Vikings would let him go is if they think it’s too big of a risk to trust the starting job to a guy coming back from a devastating injury during their Super Bowl window. I still say they’re better off keeping Teddy and building up the team around him than spending big on Cousins and losing players, and they still might decide the same thing.

  22. Here’s what I think:
    Cousins – Vikings
    Keenum – Broncos
    McCarron – Jets
    Bridgewater – Cardinals
    Brees – Saints
    Rodgers – Packers (I did that for the comments, just wait. you’ll see)

  23. In Teddy We Trust – or if they decided to move on, it could mean that even if he is completely healthy, that they’d like to improve upon the barely 200 YPG he contributed, the nearly 1:1 TD:INT ratio he’s amassed, or the 11 fumbles in 2 seasons he was responsible for.

    His health is NOT the only reason to not completely commit to building the entire team around him. Their window is OPEN right now. Keenum played twice as well as Teddy ever did and they still couldn’t get over that hump. So why, even if he was 100% healthy, would they blindly and fully commit to him and forego any attempts at upgrading the position as much as possible to capitalize on this window?

  24. “NFL decision makers have a much higher opinion of Teddy than you fantasy football players”
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    Well i don’t play fantasy football, and we’ll see how high of an opinion the open market has. Because on the list of options this off season, he’s pretty far down the list. Not bashing the guy, that’s just reality.

  25. In Teddy We Trust says:
    March 4, 2018 at 3:45 pm
    I’m telling you. NFL decision makers have a much higher opinion of Teddy than you fantasy football players. If he’s healthy, he will have a great career. The only reason the Vikings would let him go is if they think it’s too big of a risk to trust the starting job to a guy coming back from a devastating injury during their Super Bowl window. I still say they’re better off keeping Teddy and building up the team around him than spending big on Cousins and losing players, and they still might decide the same thing.
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    I think Keenum did so well because he was surrounded by a very talented squad. Maybe Hundley could’ve done better on that team too (…..it could happen!) Objectively, I would recommend they let Keenum get “Flacco’d” somewhere else. Sign Bradford as the designated starter, and reasonably, as a questionable commodity in his condition. Then, in comes Bridgewater when they have to. This year? Who knows. Next year? Probably. This would require both Bradford and Bridgewater and their agents to agree to reasonable contracts.

    That’s their best bet for next year. They have new management integration to deal with too, similar to the Packers. Play it somewhat smart. Maybe pick up a 6th or 7th round QB sleeper and groom him for three years……..one with Bradford as far as he goes, one with Bridgewater as far as he goes.

  26. Stellarperformance Your scenario of signing both Bradford and Bridgewater to reasonable deals and drafting a late qb is a bad idea for multiple reasons. If your really going to groom someone for 3 years that means your carrying 3 qbs because if he’s really good enough to be your future someone would sign him off your practice squad. Also not that they would both sign reasonable deals but if they do what’s reasonable? Even if you say low end and say 12 million a piece your paying 24 million at the qb position and at that point it’s a better idea to spend slightly more and get in the Cousins bidding for a guy who doesn’t miss games as opposed to 2 players who can’t stay healthy.

  27. I wasn’t grooming a quarterback for three years. I was gambling on Bradford surprising everybody for longer than expected and if not, then gambling Bridgewater turns out to be the Wunderkind everyone portends him to be. If they both fall flat, then keep somebody else in the wings. I’d say $15M each for one year each would be reasonable, wouldn’t break the bank, and would lend some consistency.

  28. So your willing to spend 30 million on the qb position between the 2 of them and you don’t think that’s an inferior plan than signing Cousins? Let’s just say for 30 million which I think he would do in a second with Minnesota. In your plan you have to again renegotiate with your qb next yr if one of them works out so in that plan your spending 30 million plus in year one and then if Bridgewater does what you say your probably paying him 25 to 28 mil a year(low end guess) because by next offseason Cousins/Brees/Rodgers will have reset the market and if it’s Bradford your talking 20 to 25 a year.
    Minnesota won’t nor should they try to keep 2 of their top 3 qbs because any money their paying for 2 will equal what Cousins will get.

  29. Yeah…….if you want security and consistency, at least for a year or two. You’re talking about two players with Pro-Bowl caliber skill sets. Two for $30M? Why not? If the starter goes down, you have another of equal or greater value right behind him. If Cousins goes down, what do you have?

  30. It’s a shame we won’t get a chance to see what Teddy could have been. He had a lousy O-line and coordinator when healthy, which I believe led to all the short passes. He does have a weak arm, but his ability to read the field under pressure and mobility made him effective. If he’s now immobile, he may have a tough time with most any team.

    I’m not sold on Cousins, and do wonder if some combo of Bradford/Bridgewater or Bradford/Keenum isn’t the best bet; however, I doubt any of those 3 would be willing to sign on as a second fiddle. Should be interesting.

  31. Liberalsruineverything says:
    March 4, 2018 at 12:56 pm
    He will always be a Viking and I will always cheer for him wherever he ends up. Any player on the team would run through a brick wall for Teddy and is the definition of a leader and a man. He has things you can’t teach a QB.
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    Well, hopefully they got enough new players to follow and run through some new brick walls for him. (Eye Roll)
    Because they certainly weren’t doing enough damage in the past.

    Teddy put up some mediocre numbers (and I’m being kind here) on offenses that ranked 27th and 29th in the league respectively.
    So the insinuation that his numbers were anemic because of a run heavy offense, or the fact he just wasn’t asked to do as much because he didn’t have to, just doesn’t wash.

    Nor does this undying belief of Barney fans that he was just about to turn the corner on his skill set.

  32. The football team that overpays Kirk Cousins will live to regret it big time. Kirk Cousin is an overrated, overhyped nickel and dime QB that has choked in every football game that meant anything to the Washington Redskins. If they do an analysis of Kirk’s tape and how he plays in big games they would think twice about sinking a 1/3 of their salary cap in a QB that has accomplished nothing other than accruing passing yards. Against the better defense in the NFL Kirk only CMP% 55.2%, Kirk is 1-5 in those games where he CMP% less than 60% of his passes. Kirk Cousins accounted for 18 turnovers (13 INT/ 13/5 FUM). In Kirk Cousins last ten games of the regular season, Kirk is 4-6. Kirk Cousins is fools gold!

  33. Sounds like the Jets think its a deal done after their preliminary conversations with the Cousins camp or whatever. So, basically its proof both teams are tampering before negotiations can begin. Good job Jets to do something stupid, again.

    Cousins technically cant talk to anyone but the Redskins until March 12.

  34. stellarperformance says:
    March 4, 2018 at 5:11 pm
    I wasn’t grooming a quarterback for three years. I was gambling on Bradford surprising everybody for longer than expected and if not, then gambling Bridgewater turns out to be the Wunderkind everyone portends him to be. If they both fall flat, then keep somebody else in the wings. I’d say $15M each for one year each would be reasonable, wouldn’t break the bank, and would lend some consistency.
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    My goodness we may actually agree on something. Agreed signing both Bradford and Bridgewater for mid range deals would be the way to go. Each have upsides and could be the other’s insurance. Will Teddy sign to being a backup out the gates is the sticking point with this plan.

  35. I’m pretty much with you, Stellar, except I don’t think it will cost near $30 million to sign Bradford and Bridgewater. I got laughed out of here the other day when I suggested Teddy could get $7 million. I don’t know what either one of them would get on the open market but it would be a home run if they could keep both.

  36. This is the offseason where agents plant stories to gain any leverage they can. If any team seriously sees Teddy as a starter, they should immediately fire their GM for gross negligence.

    My hope is that Teddy will remain a Viking and start for them in 2018. That way, we can cross the Vikings off the list as playoff contenders.

  37. whatjusthapped says:
    March 5, 2018 at 8:50 am

    My hope is that Teddy will remain a Viking and start for them in 2018. That way, we can cross the Vikings off the list as playoff contenders.
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    Just like in 2015, right?

  38. He’s a winner and an inspiration. If Cook stays healthy. He could run the team well enough. He can’t throw deep. People forget that but it’s just a fact. Maybe he’s increased his arm strength but who really knows because he’s only played a couple of live action plays. The Vikings need someone who can throw open receivers and throw deep. Bradford could do that but you can’t trust his knee. Keenum has showed he can play well with a lead but when he’s behind he reverts to the same way he was as a backup. Hurried, inaccurate and a major risk taker. Cousins can throw deep but he also makes bad throws. Who cares about the $ though because he will quickly go from highest paid to 3rd highest and in a couple of years it will seem like his pay is low in comparison to others. If DeFilippo is the QB guru that’s hoped for then whoever the Vikings end up with should be better.

  39. In Teddy We Trust says:
    March 5, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Just like in 2015, right?
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    In 2015, Teddy had two good knees and the Vikings had 0 championships. Its 2018 now and Teddy only has one good knee but the Vikings are still without a championship.

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