Vikings unlikely to pick up Bridgewater's fifth-year option
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 26, 2017,
Apr 26, 2017, 21:27
That decision needs to be made by the middle of next week and Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Vikings are unlikely to pick up the option. Exercising the option would guarantee the 24-year-old $11 million for the 2018 season, which is a very reasonable price for a starting quarterback. After his unfortunate knee injury last summer, it is possible that game could have actually been the last time for Vikings fans to see Bridgewater play in a regular season or playoff matchup for their team. Sources say the Vikings want to get a deal done with Pro Bowl cornerback Xavier Rhodes, who will make $8.026 million in 2017, the final year of his contract.
The injury, which is likely to keep him out all of the 2017 season, prompted the Vikings to acquire Sam Bradford from the Eagles for a first-round pick last September.
Spielman and Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer have repeatedly said the team has not placed a timeline on Bridgewater's recovery.
"I don't believe so", Bradford said during the team's second week of voluntary offseason workouts. He's still working his way back from the torn ACL and dislocated knee, and it's unclear at this point whether he'll be ready to take the field next season. "He's been in here working as hard as anyone, fighting his way back", General Manager Rick Spielman said on Tuesday. "I wouldn't put it past that kid how quickly he can come back. You know, Bradford was here the very first day and leading the group, and we are very fortunate to have both of those players at that position on our roster right now".
The 2014 NFL Draft first round hasn't worked out well for the quarterbacks. Though Bradford came with a two-year, $36-millon contract that ensured control of him through the 2017 season, he has not received a contract extension.
Bradford set an National Football League single-season record by completing?71.6 percent of his passes in 2016.
"I feel like that's going to come", Rhodes said.