Sam Bradford is the 2017 starter, at least for now. He’s due to hit free agency after this season. Teddy Bridgewater is currently on the PUP list, rehabbing from a career-altering knee injury that continues to keep his status for this season and his future contract situation in the dark.
If Bridgewater remains on the PUP beyond Week 6 this season, his contract could toll — meaning he’d be locked up with the Vikings for another year at his 2017 base salary in 2018. Of course, the players’ union could challenge that and even try to force the Vikings’ hands on whether Bridgewater could pass a physical prior to that.
There have been recent rumblings and reports about Bridgewater perhaps being ready to resume playing soon, but that remains unclear. Spielman said Bridgewater is “working as hard as he can to get on the field as quickly as he can,” adding, “Until he’s functional, we don’t want to put him on the field. The issue is, we don’t know when that’s going to be. It’s unknown still as of today.”
But Spielman said the Vikings’ approach to injured players — Bridgewater or anyone else — remains the same.