Could Teddy Bridgewater End Up Back With The Vikings?

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The Minnesota Vikings are going to look much different in 2022 than they did in 2021. They are under new management, as general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer were both fired at the conclusion of the regular season.

Without Spielman and Zimmer in the fold, there will be a lot of attention on what the Vikings do at the quarterback position. They were instrumental in landing Kirk Cousins, but given that the organization looks to be going for a clean slate, Cousins could also find himself on the move eventually.

He is signed through 2022 with a $45 million cap hit, so moving him will not be easy. There are avenues that the team could take, such as covering some of his base salary or working out an extension to spread out his cap hit.

Given the number of teams that could be in the market for a veteran quarterback this season, Minnesota may find a taker for Cousins if they are compelled to move him and work hard enough at getting it done. But, that would also leave them with some major question marks at the position.

The team selected Kellen Mond with the intention of him being Cousins’ backup in 2021. Things didn’t pan out, as the third-round pick wasn’t active throughout the season and the team turned to Sean Mannion instead when Cousins was sidelined.

If they move on from Cousins, as Bill Barnwell of ESPN predicts they will, the Vikings will have to find a replacement. Barnwell believes that replacement could be a familiar face in Teddy Bridgewater.

Barnwell predicts that Bridgewater will sign a one-year, $8 million deal with the Vikings, returning to the team that his NFL career began with. Bridgewater was a first-round pick of the Minnesota, No. 32 overall, in 2014 out of Louisville. A devastating knee injury cost him almost two seasons of his career, but he has bounced back and proven he can be a steady veteran for a team to turn to.

While not the most dynamic player, you know what you are getting with Bridgewater under center. He will complete a high percentage of his passes, won’t turn the ball over and has some scrambling ability as well.

If Mond shows that he is not ready to take over as the starting quarterback, the team needs to have a veteran in place that is capable of doing it. Teddy Bridgewater can be that stopgap until Mond is ready to take over if he ever is.