Future on if Teddy Bridgewater is a Free Agent or Not Might Be Up to the NFL

If Teddy Bridgewater’s contract is tolled for the 2018 season, it won’t be a decision that’s made by the Vikings, Courtney Cronin of ESPN reports.

According to general manager Rick Spielman, Bridgewater is “technically ready to become a free agent,” but there remains the prospect that the Vikings quarterback could have his contract tolled for next season, meaning he would play for the same $1.354 million he earned in 2017, because of the time he spent on the physically unable to perform list for the first six weeks of the season during the last year of his rookie contract.

Spielman did not detail how a decision to toll Bridgewater’s contract would ultimately be made or whether the Vikings would have to make a request to the NFL to take action.

“If it goes into that area, it’s not a Minnesota Viking [decision] — that’s an NFL and player union that will have to decide that area,” Spielman said.

However, if it does get to that point, the NFLPA likely would file a grievance against the NFL and fight the decision in court.

The issue stems from whether Bridgewater was medically cleared to play prior to Week 6. The quarterback dislocated his left knee and tore multiple ligaments, including the ACL, during a noncontact drill in preseason practice on Aug. 30, 2016. He spent nearly 14 months rehabilitating the injury before he was cleared to resume practicing in October.

Bridgewater started the season on the PUP list, which he had to stay on for the first six weeks before being cleared to play. The quarterback was medically cleared to return to practice on Oct. 16, 2017, but has said he felt he could have returned sooner.

“Honestly, I probably could have practiced a while ago, but we wanted to be smart about everything,” Bridgewater said ahead of Week 7. “I probably wasn’t ready to be around moving guys and things like that, so using those six weeks just helped me with different drills and things like that, that apply to practice, that apply to the games.”

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith, who clarified that the matter stems from language in the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, said he was unsure how the players’ union would become aware of the prospect of Bridgewater’s contract tolling.

“I don’t know the answer to that,” Smith said. “I don’t know whether it comes from the club or from the league. So, I’m not going to speculate.”

Vikings Want to Talk to Eagles OC John DeFilippo About Coming to Minnesota

The Vikings’ search for a new offensive coordinator will extend at least one more week, according to General Manager Rick Spielman, who wants to interview “maybe one or two” more candidates, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

They want to interview Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo after Philadelphia plays in Sunday’s Super Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium, a league source told the Star Tribune. However, the same source believes DeFilippo is leaning toward staying in Philadelphia.

Complicating the hire is the Vikings’ uncertainty at quarterback. Last season the Vikings had the 10th-ranked scoring offense under Pat Shurmur, now the coach of the New York Giants.

“Whoever the offensive coordinator is, part of the process is do you blow it up and start from a whole new system?” Spielman said. “Or do you continue to build on what we’ve built over the past year and a half? So those are the decisions Coach Zim will have to make.”

Vikings LB Anthony Barr Wants to Stay in Minnesota

Anthony Barr has made three straight Pro Bowls for the Vikings, and he has no desire to play for another team, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

The linebacker said Tuesday he is hopeful of signing a long-term contract extension with Minnesota this offseason.

“Yeah, I love it here,’’ Barr said. “Absolutely. I really love my teammates. I really love this team. I love the city. I could see myself being here for the future.’’

Barr will make $12.306 million in 2018, the final year on his five-year rookie deal. The Vikings are expected to attempt by the start of training camp in late July to lock him up to a long-term extension.

Barr didn’t want to speculate on what sort of deal the Vikings would need to offer for him to sign. He said that will be in the hands of his agent.

“I don’t really worry about that kind of stuff,’’ he said. “Money comes and goes, so I’ll be happy just to be secure.’’

Vikings Team Owner Zygi Wilf Says Fans Should Be Optimistic Despite NFC Title Game Loss

Vikings team owner Zygi Wilf said Monday that despite the NFC Championship loss to Philadelphia, fans should stay optimistic regarding the state of their franchise, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports.

“We’ve been in the business for 13 years and we have our ups and downs,” Wilf said, per the Star Tribune. “Sure, it’s a couple days but afterward you look at the future and you realize that we’re at the top of the game and we’ll be knocking at the door many times.”

Wilf added that the Vikings are expected to make few changes to the coaching staff that pulled off a 13-win season in 2017, despite losing their starting quarterback (Sam Bradford) and running back (Dalvin Cook) in the early goings. Wilf said Minnesota will “just continue what we’re doing with the people we’re doing it with, and we’ll get there.”

“There” is the ever-elusive Super Bowl, in which Minnesota has not played in 41 years despite making six conference championship games since its last berth. In a season riddled by injuries to big names in the NFC (Aaron Rodgers, Odell Beckham, Carson Wentz) and characterized by an upheaval of the previous order, the Vikings had a great opportunity, perhaps their best since 1998, to finally break whatever curse has cast them into football purgatory.

But the title game loss flipped that narrative on its head, and now Minnesota enters 2018 with nagging questions at the game’s most important position, where all three of its quarterbacks are slated to enter free agency.

Saints Assistant HC/TE Coach Dan Campbell to Talk to Vikings About OC Job

The Vikings continue their search for an offensive coordinator, and another name has popped up on the list, that being New Orleans Saints assistant head coach/tight end coach Dan Campbell.

As the tweet says, Campbell has a relationship with Mike Zimmer after playing in Dallas while Zimmer was the defensive coordinator for Big D.

Vikings to Chat with Former Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell About Vacant Coordinator Spot

The Vikings will speak with former Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell about their vacant offensive coordinator position later this week.

Bevell previously served as the Vikings offensive coordinator under Brad Childress from 2006-2010.

“Vikings will speak with Darrell Bevell about their vacant offensive coordinator position later this week,” CBSSports.com’s Jason La Canfora tweeted Tuesday evening.

He has also had recent interviews with both the Atlanta Falcons and the Arizona Cardinals.

He was fired by the Seahawks a few weeks ago.

Teddy Bridgewater Says He Sees Himself as a Starting QB In 2018

Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater says he “definitely” sees himself as a starter in 2018 according to Dane Mizutani of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press.

The Vikings have big decisions to make at quarterback with all three of Bridgewater, Case Keenum, and Sam Bradford headed to free agency. Considering that the team activated the oft-injured Bradford from injured reserve for the playoffs and then made Bridgewater a healthy scratch, it does not appear that they see Bridgewater as their future behind center. The best-case scenario for the Viking would probably be to re-sign either Keenum or Bradford (Bradford has more talent but Keenum is more durable) as their 2018 starter and then sign Teddy as the back-up. It is clear, however, that the 25-year-old Bridgewater wants a chance to start somewhere and would not settle for a backup role unless he has no other alternative.

So how are teams supposed to evaluate a QB who has only attempted two passes since 2015 due to a devastating knee injury? Bridgewater has a first-round pedigree, great leadership skills, and was the undisputed starter for this team until he suffered that injury during the 2016 preseason. He has shown amazing grit and determination to make it back from an injury that many pundits believed would end his NFL career-but is he all the way back and can he ever be? Plus Bridgewater showed a lot of promise in those first two seasons but his stats were not spectacular. The market for Bridgewater (and Keenum and Bradford) will be one of the most interesting things to watch this offseason.

Eagles Fans Go on Attack Mode on 99-Year-Old Vikings Fans Millie After NFC Title Game

One of the best stories of the playoffs for Vikings fans was living through die hard Vikings fan Millie – a 99-year-old who got the attention of the team and fans alike.

It was a great story while it lasted, but as we know the Vikings season is over after Sunday’s blowout loss to the Eagles in Philly. Millie’s granddaughter put out a statement about her grandma after the game as a show of ‘thank you’.

STATEMENT: Millie Wall and our family would like to extend our sincerest thank you to the Minnesota Vikings, the NFL, and the community for following her story over the last few weeks. We would also like to congratulate the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles on their trip to Super Bowl LII here in our home city of Minneapolis on February 4, 2018. Our family and the state of Minnesota look forward to welcoming both teams and their fans to our community over the next couple of weeks.

Millie Wall continues to remain a huge fan of the Minnesota Vikings, despite the loss this evening against Philadelphia. Her fandom, positivity, and support of the team will continue in the off season and into next season, where she is hopeful for another incredible season like this one.

Thank you again for your continued support and love for Millie Wall.

Of course that didn’t stop disgusting Eagles fans from attacking Millie, putting out NSFW signs that said ‘F$ck Millie’ – again showing why they are the worst fans in all of sport.

No Miracles in the NFC Title Game as Vikings Blown Out in Philadelphia by Eagles 38-7

The Vikings got off to a quick start in Sunday’s NFC Title Game against the Philadelphia Eagles, scoring first and serving notice they were ready to make reservations for Super Bowl LII in their home stadium.

Then, in a matter of 1:09 of play, it all was swept away.

Nick Foles and the Eagles laid a second quarter knockout punch of the Vikings, and by the time the blood bath was over, it was the Eagles flying high, pounding the Vikings and ending their season with an impressive 38-7 win.

The final 69 seconds of the first half was the death blow to the Vikings season, as first it was Foles hitting a 53-yard touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffrey to give the Eagles a 21-7 lead after they led 14-7.

Then after the Vikings held the ball for just 40 seconds, running six plays and punting, the Eagles went right through the Vikings D, going down the field from their own 20 to the Vikings 33 in just three plays, and Jake Elliott hit a 38-yard field goal to make it 24-7 at the half.

Game over.

There wouldn’t be a follow-up to last Sunday’s ‘Minneapolis Miracle,’ as Case Keenum was shut down throwing two picks and hitting 28-of-48 passing for 278 yards and the Vikings only score.

This night belonged to Foles, who was dominant and deserved the game ball, as he missed on just seven passes, throwing for 352 yards and three scores in the win.

The Eagles put any comeback hopes of the Vikings away as Torrey Smith pulled in a 41-yard touchdown pass from Foles with 10:05 to play in the third quarter to extend the lead to 31-7.

From there the Vikings were totally out of their game plan, and never recovered, going away rather easily after all week they spoke about going into Philly as the favorite and flexing their muscle to get a win against the #1 seeded Eagles.

Instead, it was not to be, as for the fourth time since 1998 they were forced to watch as another team celebrated a trip to the Super Bowl.

While there will be plenty to celebrate about this season, it ended on the saddest of notes, a blowout by a team they simply couldn’t match up to.

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