Could Teddy Bridgewater be this year’s Mike Glennon?

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If a “handful” of teams envision quarterback Teddy Bridgewater as a starter, an important caveat possibly applies. Assuming that, after free agency opens, a team without a No. 1 quarterback signs Bridgewater to a contract with terms that necessarily put him at the top of the depth chart, it’s possible that he’ll be supplanted by a first-round rookie once the draft arrives.

That would make him this year’s Mike Glennon, the presumptive starter in Chicago at $15 million a year, until the Bears moved from No. 3 to No. 2 in the draft and selected Mitchell Trubisky. While Glennon was indeed the Week One starter, it was only a matter of time until he ended up being sent to the bench for Trubisky.

Of course, any opportunity to play for Bridgewater would be better than none. Even if his stint at the top option is short-lived, whatever reps he receives as the top guy in the offseason, training camp, preseason, and regular season will help him convince others that maybe he should get a chance in 2019. For that reason, he should be inclined to sign a one-year contract only, ensuring that he’ll be able to hit the market again next year, if the team that signs him ends up drafting a rookie to take over.

Even with the possibility of being rendered irrelevant for a rookie, the handful of teams would seem to consist at the very most of the Jets, Browns, Broncos, and Cardinals. No one else would install him as the top guy. And, again, on each of those rosters, he’d be susceptible to being rendered irrelevant by a rookie.

41 responses to “Could Teddy Bridgewater be this year’s Mike Glennon?

  1. Don’t disrespect Teddy like that. He isn’t elite but he is a thousand times better than Mike Glennon.

  2. It’s really too bad what happened to Teddy. He is such a great guy. So many unknowns about Teddy.

    People say he is average, others say his ceiling hasn’t been shown, others say he played behind a bad offensive line, and had few playmakers to help him out.

    I feel like any of these answers could be possible.

    Could he be average/bad? Sure. His numbers were not great.

    Could he have made a huge step forward in year three? Yes again. A lot of QB’s don’t really take the next step until year three. Teddy never got one because of his knee.

    Was he bad because of currounding cast? Maybe again. He played behind a bad offensive line, bad receivers. One could argue he might have played better with the 2017 Vikings like Case Keenum did.

    I hope he gets a chance for some team so we know once and for all. I hope it’s a good team to so we’ll know once and for all.

  3. Speaking of Glennon, since Pizza has been such a big deal this year (not even real pizza, fwiw), I’d take all that loot and open up a Chicago style Pizza place back in the VA area where he is from and say THANK YOU Chicago.

    Or find Russell Wilson ’cause last time you backed him up, you did fairly well.

    PS: T Bridge will find a home. Look how long it took Foles and even being a SB MVP he’s not sure where he will be but he’s getting paid pretty, pretty, good.

    It’s a business…all about the green (talking to you Kaep, ’cause Florio is on a Kaep timeout.

  4. In Bridgewater’s situation, it might work out better for him to sign a one year low base, high incentive contract so his team can get the best cast possible around him and basically use this year as an audition for next off season. If he’s truly healthy and recovered from his horrendous injury, he can go and prove it on the field and if he plays well, he’ll be more Alex Smith than Mike Glennon, with the added bonus of being able to freely choose his next destination. Given the nature of the injury, though, I can totally understand if he’s more interested than securing his financial future in the event of another injury. Good luck to him.

  5. Outside of the Vikings, who don’t have a storied history in drafting QB’s, who else thinks Teddy is an NFL starter much less a quality NFL starter? Again, only the Vikings could think that and its more wishful thinking than anything else. Sort of like their Superbowl dreams last year in their own home stadium and they came oh so close, shy by a mere 31 points.

  6. tcostant says:
    March 6, 2018 at 3:19 pm
    Because of his injury history, I don’t think he crosses $10M per year.
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    I don’t think he crosses $2.5M. Because of his playing history, weak arm, and shredded knee.

  7. I’ll continue to say that the Vikings should sign Bridgewater and give him a real chance to win the starting job. He isn’t as “safe” as Cousins because of the knee, but he’ll save you a ton of money that allows you to build up the rest of the team. They went to the NFC championship with Case Keenum, who nobody thought was better than Teddy Bridgewater at this time last year. Imagine adding some more pieces to the offensive line and a big-time DT while signing other big parts of your team to new deals. Because of the money, I think Cousins or Keenum would be riskier plays than Bridgewater.

  8. Zimmer would adopt Bridgewater if he could. He loves him, and it isn’t just because he’s a great guy. Case Keenum is a great guy. Sam Bradford is a great guy. Zimmer has always said that Teddy has the “it” factor and is a winner. Teddy’s numbers when trailing by one score or less in the fourth quarter bear that out.

    Zimmer also loves his defense and doesn’t want to lose any of the big pieces that got them to #1 last year. He doesn’t want to spend $30 million on a mid-tier QB and have to watch good players walk away in free agency.

    All this is to say that the only reason the Vikings would let Teddy go is if they don’t think he can fully recover from that knee injury. If the Vikings, who know more about Teddy than anybody, decide they have to move on from him, I don’t know why any other team would want to have him as a starter. Maybe to start the first five games of the season before a rookie takes over, but that’s not a great situation for Teddy.

  9. When a Good QB has a Bad Line, poor receivers, and so so defense to get the ball back to you,
    NO qb will look good. Look at the Giants. But I watched all the pre-season shaps Teddy got as his team got better and he was accurate, in time, hitting receivers in stride. Everyone sat back and said he is the real deal. If you remember there were no open receivers, and he had defenders in his face every snap his first 2 years! He was running for his life but still took the team to the Playoffs, beating the Packers WITH Rodgers and winning the division!

  10. Please don’t ever use Teddy Bridgewater and Mike Glennon in the same sentence again.

    I would never count Teddy out. The guy seems to overcome everything. He’s a winner.

  11. tcostant says:
    March 6, 2018 at 3:19 pm
    Because of his injury history, I don’t think he crosses $10M per year.
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    I think you may be right on the base salary for a one year prove it deal… but I also think there will be a ton of escalators like games started, make the playoffs, conference championships, pro bowl, playoff wins, etc…

    If everything goes his way I see him making up to 20

  12. Minnesota should resign Keenum at 17 mil a year, and resign Bridgewater to a 5 mil a year contract and let them fight it out in camp to see who the starter is

  13. I would take Bridgewater with a low base but offer large incentive bonuses.
    You produce, you get paid big time.

    Imagine a base contract of 7MM, with incentives up to 15-20MM, where 20MM is probably unobtainable , but 10-12 reachable play playing the whole season at a mid tier 2 level.

  14. To anyone who thinks Bridgewater will be around for much longer, I have some land I want to sell you in Florida.

    TB is a Humpty Dumpty. He had a great fall, and all the Kings horses and all the King’s men will never put him together again.

    Buyer beware!

  15. When healthy, Teddy Bridgewater is about as good as Sam Bradford. But neither has the mental fortitude to win, like Baker Mayfield. Fortunately, football is still a team sport, so it takes a village to win games, but you still need players with the mental fortitude to win. Teddy, like Sam, is just too soft. Mike Glennon is okay, as good as Ryan Fitzpatrick.

  16. Not starting material. The Vikings should keep him as their No. 2 and he should go with that plan, get into some pre-season games, and show the League whether he’s “back” or not. Which team, right now, is saying “if only we had Teddy Bridgewater…?”

  17. He was a risk coming out of college with his slight build and average arm, but if anyone thinks he’s a 16 (or more) game QB after that knee injury, well they deserve to lose their money. Risky backup at best.

  18. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    March 6, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Minnesota should resign Keenum at 17 mil a year, and resign Bridgewater to a 5 mil a year contract and let them fight it out in camp to see who the starter is
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    There are several problems with that approach. First, Keenum wouldn’t want to be here if he knows he has to compete with Teddy for the starting job. He knows he wouldn’t be the favorite and he’ll have plenty of other options to go to a team where he’ll be the undisputed starter. Second, the Vikings aren’t going to sign a guy to a big contract to be the backup if Case doesn’t win the job. Third, whoever wins the job will always be looking over his shoulder for the other guy to come in if he has a bad game. The fans will be screaming for the backup if things aren’t going well, regardless of whose fault it is. Finally, there could be internal divisions in the locker room as some players will be on Teddy’s side and some players will be on Case’s side.

    I think this situation could work with Bradford and Teddy. Neither one of them is likely to have other great options where they are the unquestioned starter and they’re both aware that their knee injuries mean they have to prove what they can do. That would be ideal if they could make that work, which I doubt.

  19. @in teddy we trust…your flat delusional if you think cousins or keenum carry more risk then brigewater…but then again alot of the ted heads are delusional….better start thinking of a new handle

  20. 81TinaKane says:
    March 6, 2018 at 4:55 pm
    @in teddy we trust…your flat delusional if you think cousins or keenum carry more risk *then* (*then should be THAN here sorry hate bad Grammar) brigewater…but then again alot of the ted heads are delusional….better start thinking of a new handle
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    Cousins is better I agree, but Keenum is a flash, just like Fitzgerald. If Case isn’t pushed he gets lazy, Zimmer didn’t like that about him. He made sure the reporters knew it too! Sam, or Case has been ruled out, and will go to Denver or the Jets. Zimmer loves Bradford but his knee will only get worse..too bad he could have been one of the best.

  21. Nope I don’t see how Teddy could. Too many questions on his health to receive that kind of contract.

  22. His own coach admits that when he was the QB – the team stunk. That’s why he wouldn’t let the QB coach become an OC elsewhere. When the team was bad (TB as QB) he stuck by the coaches. Team’s good now (TB NOT the QB) it’s time for the coaches to stick by him.

    His own HC said that.

    TB won’t get a call until someone else goes down.

  23. I am not going to be fake and say I shed a tear when this clown was injured – he was never very good and was just another gimmick that wears a QB halloween costume.

  24. ARod(in his collarbone) says:

    Minnesota should resign Keenum at 17 mil a year, and resign Bridgewater to a 5 mil a year contract and let them fight it out in camp to see who the starter is
    before
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    If you polled 100 Viking fans I bet 90% would love this to happen. I know I would. You want the team? Go get it. After camp and pre-season, name the starter. I’m pretty sure who I’d take on a bet, but the positives would be incredible. It could happen. It should happen.

  25. xnflplaya says:
    March 6, 2018 at 4:33 pm
    Based off his injury history all I can see giving him is a 1yr prove it deal full of incentive bonuses.
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    What injury history are you talking about? He played a little under 2 years, won a division with no line and little receiving help then had a freak injury. He is a tough as hell kid and took many big shots. Only 25 years old and has added at least 15 pounds of muscle in the last 2 years. You have no clue what you’re talking about.

  26. Liberalsruineverything says:

    March 6, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    What injury history are you talking about? He played a little under 2 years, won a division with no line and little receiving help then had a freak injury. He is a tough as hell kid and took many big shots. Only 25 years old and has added at least 15 pounds of muscle in the last 2 years. You have no clue what you’re talking about.
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    Injury history as in a TORN ACL and DISLOCATED KNEE! Wake up dude!

  27. I really hope Vikings resign Bridgewater n spend money on another corner and receiver n draft another linebacker maybe the one hand sensation. Bridgewater belongs with the Vikes n Zimmer is not letting his boy go that easy

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