7 other backup quarterback options for the Vikings to consider for 2022

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Teddy Bridgewater

  • Current Status: Under contract with the Miami Dolphins

Teddy Bridgewater is someone who will always be beloved by fans in Minnesota, regardless of whether he returns to ever play for the Vikings again or not.

Bridgewater, of course, spent his first four years in the NFL with Minnesota after they selected him in the first round of the 2014 draft. His career with the Vikings appeared to be heading in an optimistic direction until 2016 when he suffered a devastating knee injury.

With concerns about his future on the football field, Minnesota decided to move on from Bridgewater in 2018. Since then, the former Vikings draft pick has suited up for four different teams and started 35 games (winning 16 of them).

This past March, Bridgewater signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins to be the backup behind Tua Tagovailoa. With Miami’s only other quarterback on their roster being rookie Skylar Thompson, they probably don’t have any intention of trading Bridgewater before the start of the regular season.

So if Minnesota wanted to acquire their former first-round draft pick, it would likely require them to send a mid-round selection to the Dolphins, if not more.

Still, Bridgewater would be a gigantic upgrade over Sean Mannion and Kellen Mond as the Vikings’ No. 2 quarterback, so it might not be too difficult to convince Minnesota to hand over what is necessary to acquire the veteran signal-caller in a trade.