With the news that the Minnesota Vikings’ signing of quarterback Kirk Cousins has moved from “rumored” to “imminent,” it appears that another of the Vikings’ quarterbacks from 2017 is going to be on his way out as well.
Reached out to sources with the Jets, told if they don't get Cousins, then they will turn their attention to Teddy Bridgewater.— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) March 13, 2018
Dianna Russini of ESPN is reporting that, having lost out on the Cousins derby, the New York Jets will be turning their attention to Teddy Bridgewater in their search for a quarterback.
Bridgewater appeared to be poised to take a significant step forward in 2016, but a fluke non-contact knee injury in practice cost him nearly two seasons (and almost cost him his leg). He worked to get back onto the Vikings’ roster this past season, and was on the active roster for much of the second half of the year. He got into the blowout victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, but threw only two passes. One of those was intercepted and the other was incomplete, though it should be noted that both passes hit their intended receiver in the hands.
Bridgewater might be the biggest wild card in this year’s free agent quarterback class. If he’s back to the form he showed before his injury, he could be a very solid quarterback for a team going forward. If he never gets back to that point, then whichever team signs him will have to move on rather quickly.
As I’ve said before, on a personal level, if Bridgewater should leave Minnesota. . .and it’s looking more and more like that’s going to be the case. . .I really hope that he’s successful at his next destination. (Except when he plays the Vikings, of course.) He caught a really tough break with his injury, and has worked his tail off to come back from it. Hopefully it will all come together for him and he can turn into the quarterback that most of us thought he would here.
It’s starting to look like the Teddy Bridgewater era. . .such as it was. . .is coming to an end in Minnesota, folks.