Vikings Tell QB Teddy Bridgewater They Won’t Exercise His 5th Year Option

The Vikings informed quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on Monday they’re declining the fifth-year option on his rookie contract, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports.

But it’s not a sign of any new revelations about Bridgewater’s injured knee or setbacks in his rehab.

Bridgewater continues to make progress and is participating in voluntary conditioning work with teammates, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

Picking up the option wasn’t a realistic possibility at all, though, since that would have guaranteed for injury an eight-figure salary in 2018 at a time Bridgewater is still not healthy, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Also Monday, the Vikings exercised the fifth-year option on linebacker Anthony Barr’s contract.

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