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Teddy Bridgewater Rumors: Vikings QB 'Expected' to Enter Free Agency

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 27, 2018

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater smiles on the bench against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Paul Sancya/Associated Press

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is expected to become a free agent when the new NFL league year gets underway next month.

On Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported the Vikings are "not planning to assert that his contract tolls" despite missing most of the last two seasons through injury.

Bridgewater suffered a serious injury in August 2016 that included a torn ACL and a dislocated knee. He missed the entire 2016 season and most of the 2017 campaign before returning to the field in Week 15 for a brief relief appearance against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Case Keenum shined after taking the reins from the oft-injured Sam Bradford. He completed 67.6 percent of his throws for 3,547 yards with 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions across 15 games while helping lead the Vikes to a 13-3 record. His 98.3 passer rating ranked seventh in the league.

Rapoport previously reported Minnesota isn't going to use the franchise tag on Keenum, which means he'll join Bridgewater and Bradford as impending free agents, leaving the team without a starter.

Bridgewater confirmed last month he plans to seek an opportunity to start next season, whether with the Vikings or another organization, per Dane Mizutani of the Pioneer Press.

"Definitely," he said. "No question."

The 25-year-old posted a 65.3 percent completion rate with 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 2015, his last healthy season. He also added three rushing scores.

There are numerous teams looking to upgrade at QB this offseason, including the Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos and New York Jets. He could land with one of those teams if they don't invest a high draft pick on the position or sign marquee free agent Kirk Cousins.

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