Handshake helped Jimmy Haslam sour on Teddy Bridgewater

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A handshake apparently is worth more than $100,000.

Five years ago, the Browns plunked down six figures on an advanced report regarding quarterbacks in the draft. The report pointed to Teddy Bridgewater as the best option.

But that didn’t matter to Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, who wanted Johnny Manziel. And Haslam’s justification was from a decidedly low-tech piece of scouting.

“[T]he team had soured on Bridgewater after his interview dinner and workout with team brass,” Seth Wickersham of ESPN.com writes in a comprehensive look at years of dysfunction under Haslam’s watch in Cleveland. “[S]omething about Bridgewater’s handshake rubbed Haslam the wrong way, he told team executives.”

While a devastating knee injury on the brink of Bridgewater’s potential breakthrough season has kept him from reaching his potential, Bridgewater remains employed by an NFL team at a time when Manziel isn’t. And Bridgewater may finally get another chance to start for an NFL team in 2019.

As long as his handshake doesn’t betray him, apparently.

25 responses to “Handshake helped Jimmy Haslam sour on Teddy Bridgewater

  1. I just don’t get the Teddy Bridgewater hype. His best season he threw a whopping 14 Touchdowns and he was nothing but a game manager prior to his injury. The Vikings made the playoffs because they had the best running back in the NFL at the time and a top notch defense. Teddy didn’t have much to do with it at all.

    Let’s also not forget the Jets signed him only to trade him for a 3rd round pick. Yet this QB who looked terrible in his one start for the Saints is supposedly going to start for a team next season? Who?

  2. There’s all kinds of funny stories about why teams pick one player over another. One of my favorites was Rex Ryan explaining why he picked Mark Sanchez over Josh Freeman. They held workouts at the two colleges and Rex was blown away by how many former receivers from high school showed up for Sanchez’s workout. Now, Sanchez was from the LA area so many of his high school buddies were still around there. Freeman’s workout was in Manhattan, KS which is tiny and nowhere close to where he was from. Thus, Sanchez got the nod because Freeman’s high school buddies didn’t fly themselves to Kansas City and then get rentals cars to drive two hours to get to Manhattan, KS.

  3. It must be great to be rich. Everyone telling you how wonderful and smart you are … no matter how many stupid things you do. Then you get a big tax break too. Good times.

  4. Either way the Browns would have lost. Haslam should have drafted Carr or Garoppolo, both of which that same study reportedly said were QB’s #1 and #2 in that draft per the reports at that time.

  5. venomraider says:
    January 24, 2019 at 10:43 am
    Either way the Browns would have lost. Haslam should have drafted Carr or Garoppolo, both of which that same study reportedly said were QB’s #1 and #2 in that draft per the reports at that time.
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    You talk like either one of them has actually done anything.

  6. It could be one of those “Thanks for the free steak dinner” type handshakes where Bridgewater gave off the vibe that he wasn’t interest in being drafted to Cleveland.

    If Bridgewater didn’t have the heart to be with Cleveland, then Haslam made the right choice regardless if Manziel was a bust or not.

  7. I know it is fun to run with all the stuff about the Browns, but based on prior stories, Believe nothing that comes from ESPN and less that comes from Seth Wickersham.

  8. Loggains worked out all the QBs that year. He had Manziel at the top of the list. At the time, a study that they didn’t publish ranked Bridgewater #1 and the media used as the reason Bridgewater was the Browns guy. There was a fake story that Bridgwater was on the draft card. All this was cleared up when Loggains explained things. The Browns were deciding between taking a wr or qb. Loggains called Manziel and Haslam ok’d the decision.

  9. We’ve all met a guy where were instantly turned off. Not saying Teddy is a bad guy but nothing I’ve seen from him makes me think the Browns missed out on anything. Johnny was clearly a mistake but some people rub you wrong, it’s okay… We should all stop being offended so easily by other people’s actions.

  10. Interestingly enough, a huge mark coming out of college against Bridgewater was he had very small hands. Maybe this is what Haslam was worried about?

  11. Having a solid, firm handshake is one those common interview pointers no matter what position one is applying for.

    Of course, any credibility was lost because of the author (Wickersham, Seth).

  12. While a devastating knee injury on the brink of Bridgewater’s potential breakthrough season has kept him from reaching his potential, Bridgewater remains employed by an NFL team at a time when Manziel isn’t. And Bridgewater may finally get another chance to start for an NFL team in 2019.

    >>>>>>>>>> 2015 Minnesota Vikings 292comp 447att for 65.3% 3,231yds 14TD 9INT 44sacks 8fumbles, sorry but those numbers just don’t add up to someone having a “potential breakthrough season” the next year from where I’m sitting. But then again the QB position has gotten so bad that we see QBs that wouldn’t have lasted through their rookie contract 20-30yrs ago making a career out of the NFL now days!

    I just don’t see Teddy lasting as a starter on any team that doesn’t have an outstanding D because he’s simply not the kind of QB who’s going to jump out to a huge lead over a team and he doesn’t play catch-up very well, he’s a game manager that’s it!

  13. Perhaps there was something about Teddy’s hands that Haslam didn’t like? The shape? The feel? The way he trims his nails? I can’t think of any other thing with Teddy’s hands that Haslam might not like.

  14. Bridgewater seemed promising enough to be Minnesota‘s first home grown star QB since forever ago, All the success they’ve seen at that position in recent memory were hand-me-downs or a qualified bust. Sometimes both. Can’t blame a fan base for wishful thinking.

  15. So what if Bridgewater has tiny hands, it’s his weak arm that is his biggest limitation. He should have stayed in Minnesota where they couldn’t recognize a QB if it fell in their laps, sort like Aaron Rodgers did but the Vikings spent their 2 first rounders that year elsewhere.

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