Three quarterbacks were taken in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, and Tuesday the Vikings made Teddy Bridgewater the first of them to sign. Bridgewater inks his rookie deal the same day as the Vikings’ 9th overall selection Anthony Barr.
Bridgewater was taken with the 32nd overall pick after a trade with the Seattle Seahawks. Not only did the trade allow the Vikings to get ahead of several other QB-needy teams, it also gave them a fifth year option on Bridgewater.
Rick Spielman believes in the power of the fifth year option.
Bridgewater’s rookie deal will pay him $6.85 million over the next four years, per ESPN’s Ben Goessling.
Just going by statements from coaches, Bridgewater should enter training camp with a realistic shot to win the starting QB job over incumbent Matt Cassel. Mike Zimmer has praised Bridgewater’s early progress and said he plans on giving the rookie a share of the starting snaps during OTAs.
By all accounts, Bridgewater’s tenure in Minnesota has gotten off to a smashing start. This despite all the worrying during the pre-draft process over his bad pro day workout, lack of physical stature and below-average arm strength.