A source tells Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press that the NFLPA believes it’s “highly, highly doubtful” the Vikings would be able to get Teddy Bridgewater’s contract to toll for the 2018 season.
Tomasson says that a grievance almost certainly would be filed if Minnesota attempted to toll Bridgewater’s contract.
Last year, Bridgewater spent the first six weeks of the season on the PUP list and the collective bargaining agreement specifically states: “Any player placed on a physically unable to perform list (“PUP”) will be paid his full… salary while on such list. His contract will not be tolled for the period he is on PUP, except in the last year of his contract, when the player’s contract will be tolled if he is still physically unable to perform his football services as of the sixth regular season game.”
However, Tomasson spoke to a source who said that the language in the CBA could be interpreted as to whether Bridgewater could have been physically able to perform in the first six weeks regardless of that rule.
Bridgewater previously said that he could have returned a “couple of weeks” earlier had he been eligible.
- Mike Jurecki doesn’t think the Cardinals would pursue a trade for Broncos CB Aqib Talib, who will reportedly be on the trading block this offseason. (NFLTR)
- Jurecki can, however, see the Cardinals drafting a cornerback and re-signing veteran Tramon Williams.
- Jurecki also expects CB Justin Bethel to move on in free agency.
- Pete Thamel reports that OSU DB coach Kerry Coombs is leaving for a position with the Titans under new HC Mike Vrabel.