A horrific knee injury could signal the end of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s career with the Minnesota Vikings.
USA Today reported Monday that the Vikings’ chose not to pick up the fifth-year of Bridgewater’s rookie deal.
Bridgewater, 24, tore his ACL, dislocated his knee, and suffered other structural damage to his leg last August.
The timing of the injury could not have been worse for either party.
Bridgewater was on the verge of a breakout season after making huge strides during the Vikings 2015 campaign.
Bridgewater completed 65.3-percent of his passes for 3,231 yards, 14 touchdowns, interceptions and a
88.7 quarterback rating on his way to leading the team to the NFC North crown.
While not eye-popping, the stats were the result of Bridgewater gaining more control of his game, a trait that he lacked when he was drafted in 2014.
Right after the signal caller went down, the Vikings were forced to make a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles to acquire journeyman QB Sam Bradford in exchange for a 2017 first round draft pick and a conditional fourth round pick in 2018.
Bradford’s mediocre 2016 showing led many to speculate that despite a spotty rehab, Bridgewater would remain the team’s quarterback of the future.
Bridgewater’s 2018 price tag was scheduled to ring up to $11 million, an amount the team had until Tuesday to decide on.
The South Florida native is due $1.3 million in 2017 before he presumably becomes a free agent next offseason.
Nothing in this situation is cut and dry. The Vikings will certainly give Bridgewater another look in the fall before permanently closing the door on his future with the team.
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