Now that the Super Bowl is over, and the Vikings have their facilities back ( the Patriots used them), they can begin to deal with who will be their Quarterback in 2018.
You hear the prognosticators, reviewing the pros and cons of Teddy Bridgewater, Sam Bradford, and Case Keenum. They then announce who they think the Vikings should select as their #1 Quarterback. The fact is that it is not up to the Vikings. They will all be free agents in March, meaning the Vikings do not have a Quarterback under contract for 2018. They can sign with whomever they want. This means that the Vikings have a clean Quarterback slate to begin their evaluations.
Teddy Bridgewater – He was activated off the PUP list with 6 games to go in the regular season. I’m sure he anticipated getting back in the starting lineup, as it was always stated after his injury, he was the franchise quarterback, by everyone. That commitment began to erode each week. If I’m Teddy, I’m a little pissed off the way I’ve been treated, essentially being lied to. I might want to sign with anyone other than the Vikings, to spite them.
Sam Bradford – Had a great 1st game, then injured prior to game #2, enabling Case Keenum to step in. Had a respectable 2016. Under contract in 2017 for $18 Million. I think he is a good quarterback, but I don’t think much love was shown to him. In view of the way he has been treated, I’m sure he too, wants to be anyplace other than the Vikings.
Case Keenum – A backup Quarterback his entire career, he was next man up, when Bradford was injured. As he began winning games, his confidence increased, and he improved as a starter. Still, he wasn’t designated as the starter, when both Bradford and Bridgewater were activated. Coach Zimmer would keep all the reporters in limbo, stating it was a game time decision. If I’m Keenum, I might harbor a little animosity, because of the lack of respect, after leading the Vikings to a division title, and a playoff bye.
So when you conversation about Kirk Cousins, it isn’t far fetched. Without a quarterback under contract, it makes complete sense.