According to a new report from ESPN, the Minnesota Vikings are unlikely to pick up quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s fifth-year option by the May 2nd deadline.
Bridgewater, who is trying to recover from a catastrophic knee injury, was a 2014 first-round pick who missed all of the 2016 season after tearing his ACL and dislocating his left knee during Vikings’ preseason practice.
According to ESPN’s report, Minnesota could still re-sign Bridgewater, but do not appear to be willing to guarantee Bridgewater’s 2018 salary, which could exceed $11 million for injury.
The Vikings know how hard the young quarterback is working to try and make it back to the NFL after an injury that has ended other player’s careers.
“He’s been in here working as hard as anyone, fighting his way back. I wouldn’t put it past that kid how quickly he can comeback,” Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said.
“But it’s still unknown. 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.”
Per ESPN’s report, one source speaking on the Vikings’ approach to Bridgewater’s 5th year option said; “The injury guarantee makes it tough to do”.