Vikings HC Mike Zimmer confirmed that QB Teddy Bridgewater has been cleared and will practice on Wednesday. Although, Zimmer said he won’t be activated this week, per Chris Tomasson.
The next move is for the Vikings to decide whether to take Bridgewater off of the PUP list, which would open a three-week window for him to be added to their active roster.
On Sunday, Ian Rapoport reported that Bridgewater is ready to go and hasn’t had any setbacks up to this point. According to Rapoport, there’s a belief Bridgewater will play for the Vikings this season.
As for Bridgewater’s contract, sources have told Rapoport that it’s unlikely it will toll if the Vikings activate Bridgewater in the coming weeks, which means he’ll be an unrestricted free agent in 2018.
Bridgewater, 24, is a former first-round pick of the Vikings back in 2014. He’s currently in the final year of his four-year, $6,849,502 rookie contract and stands to make a base salary of $1,354,023 for the 2017 season.
The Vikings declined to pick up Bridgewater’s fifth-year option that would have cost them $12,198,000 million for the 2018 season, but was guaranteed only for injury and wouldn’t have prevented them from working on a long-term extension over the next year.
In 2015, Bridgewater appeared in all 16 games for the Vikings and threw for 3,231 yards while completing 65.3 percent of his passes to go along with 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions.