May 9, 2014; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater addresses the media at Winter Park Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Teddy Bridgewater Clarifies Comments About Cleveland Browns


There’s a good chance you had already forgotten about Teddy Bridgewater’s comments about not wanting to end up on the Cleveland Browns. But the media didn’t forget, and on Tuesday the Vikings quarterback was forced to clarify his remarks.

Just to refresh your memory, about a week after the draft Bridgewater appeared on the Dan Patrick Show and talked about the draft process and where he wanted to end up. He said to Patrick that he didn’t want to play for Cleveland, but wanted to play for Minnesota.

I actually told my agent [that Cleveland was] not the place where I wanted to be. Throughout this entire process I felt comfortable with the Minnesota Vikings. Every visit that I had with the team, you know, there was a family environment and the players, great guys. A great group of guys. So I felt comfortable wanting to play here.

This was taken by some as a shot at Cleveland. But Bridgewater never meant it as a shot, and when asked about it at the Rookie Symposium Play 60 Event, he gave clarification.

Bridgewater said (via the Cleveland Plain Dealer):

I think it was misinterpreted. What I was saying was I had a strong feeling about the Minnesota Vikings. I was able to meet with them five or six times in the pre-draft visits. I just had a pretty solid feeling about the Minnesota Vikings, but, you know, I try to put the pre-draft stuff behind and try to just focus on my career with the Minnesota Vikings.

Bridgewater was then asked if he thought the Browns’ draft plans might have been altered by his not wanting to play for them. “I don’t think [they knew],” Bridgewater replied. “It’s in the past, now. We’re out here at the Play 60 for the kids and try having a good time and teaching the kids the fundamentals of football so I’m focused on that.”

Teddy Bridgewater is already an expert at deflecting dumb questions.

Here’s another one: He was asked about Mike Pettine saying Johnny Manziel is the only QB in this year’s draft class who is ready to play right away. Teddy replied:

I have no take on that because Johnny is in Cleveland and I wish Johnny nothing but the best. My career has started now in Minnesota and I’m focused on just being the best Viking I can be.

Okay, so I guess the media got to the bottom of that one. Teddy Bridgewater didn’t mean to diss Cleveland, he doesn’t know if Cleveland wanted to draft him or not, and he has no take on Johnny Manziel.

Thanks media. You are awesome at grilling guys over stuff that no one cares about. Bunch of nitwits.

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  • MikeH123

    Looks like Bridgewater wanted to play for a perennial doormat, just not a team as bad as the Browns. He knew the Lions had Stafford and the Bills had Manuel. I am afraid we missed our chance at a Super Bowl in 2009.

    • kyle

      So are you crucifying Bridgewater before he even plays a down in the NFL? Do you have no hope in this young team versus the aged 2009 team? I think we need to see some preseason games and maybe the brutal 5 game stretch at the beginning of the season and see how they do before condemning them and essentially saying they have no shot at a Superbowl.

      • MikeH123

        It is all very sad that the Vikings Adrian Peterson era will end this way after next year.

        • kyle

          Well, it sounds like you’ve completely given up hope already.

          • Bob T

            After reading many posts. I think Mike is about 13 years of age. He studies but….

          • kyle

            I think I would agree with you, Bob. Well, at least he knows Adrian Peterson. It’s a start anyways. There aren’t a lot of people out there I’ve met that can rattle off just about every player on the team and where they played college ball at.

          • David Mallow

            I can name all 90 and their colleges…lol..but I believe this team is destined for wonderful things. Mike is probably a buttpacker fan just talking smack. SKOL

        • Bob T

          Mike , my brother, You are so negative. informed, but negative. I think I could debate easier if I knew your age. As you can see I predicted you at 13 in my reply to Kyle. Am I close???

  • Clint Ronnenberg

    Non-issue. Irrelevant, Slow news day?

  • Bob T

    Training camp schedule is out if any one is interested. SKOL VIKINGS

  • HeWhoKnowsAll

    Who would EVER want to be in Cleveland? Minneapolis > Cleveland any effin day. (shots fired)… but seriously, the way that franchise is run is an embarrassment, even to a Vikings fan.

  • cka2nd

    Given the decision-making process on the Browns – fire a coach after one year, the owner apparently overruling the GM on which QB to draft – I can’t say that Bridgewater made the wrong choice.