Teddy Bridgewater wants a starting job at quarterback during the 2018 NFL season. Will it be with the Minnesota Vikings or a different franchise?
It’s no question the most intriguing aspect of the Minnesota Vikings offseason will be determining the future of the quarterback position, which is the most uncertain spot on the team looking ahead to the 2018 NFL season.
The Vikings left the 2017 season with four rostered QB’s in Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater, Case Keenum, and Kyle Sloter. Three of those passers have demonstrated themselves as viable starter candidates in the NFL and, coincidentally, each of them carries expiring contracts heading into the new year, leaving only Sloter under contract.
One of those QB’s whose contracts are expiring, Teddy Bridgewater, hasn’t played a meaningful snap since the end of the 2015 NFL campaign. However, that fact doesn’t seem to obstruct Bridgewater’s confidence in his ability to return to form.
"“The back-from-injury signal-caller told reporters Monday that he “definitely”sees himself as a starter in 2018, according to ESPN’s Kevin Seifert. Bridgewater, though, acknowledged that such a role might have to happen somewhere other than Minnesota.”"
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After a freakish knee injury sidelined him for the entire 2016 campaign, the Vikings were forced to make a move, sending some hefty draft picks to the Philadelphia Eagles for fellow QB Sam Bradford.
Bridgewater spent the season on IR but seemed primed for a portentous return to the starting lineup, especially following Bradford’s early-season injury in 2017.
But the emergence of career backup QB Case Keenum kept Bridgewater on the bench, even following his restoration to the active roster.
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer has been noncommittal to who holds the reins under center going into 2018.
With offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur’s departure to New York leaving the offensive coordinator position vacant, one would assume the team will look to fill that void before making a solidifying decision on the future at quarterback.