ShAMELESS PLUGS and other stuff
Finally, eight months ago, the Vikings seemingly had the most stability they have had at the all-important quarterback position in more than a decade.
Teddy Bridgewater in the previous season led the Vikings to 11 wins and an NFC North crown, in addition to earning his first career Pro Bowl nod as an alternate. And now in his final preseason cameo of 2016, he lit up the San Diego Chargers for 161 yards and a touchdown in one half of action.
Calm and cautious his first two years, Bridgewater appeared ready to let it rip.
A few days later, everything changed — for Bridgewater and the franchise — when his left knee caved while setting up to pass in a non-contact drill at Winter Park.
The Vikings have been hesitant to share a timetable for Bridgewater’s return from that career-threatening injury, which included a dislocated knee, a torn anterior cruciate ligament and other structural damage, nor have they revealed whether they will pick up their 2018 team option on Bridgewater.
And while they have committed themselves, for 2017 at least, to quarterback Sam Bradford, who replaced Bridgewater last season, the Vikings have also not publicly said whether they will try to lock in Bradford with a contract extension before Week 1.
“Everything is in flux right now so I’ll just leave it at that,” General Manager Rick Spielman said in late February before heading off to the scouting combine, where the Vikings are known to have chatted with at least a couple of passing prospects.
It would be a surprise if the Vikings, with Bridgewater in limbo and Bradford under contract for one more season, selected a quarterback during the first three rounds of this week’s NFL draft. But they could be in the market for a top passer next year depending on how the next eight months play out.
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