The Vikings have a tough decision upcoming regarding injured quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. It appears they may proceed with caution.
Minnesota has until May 2 to pick up the fifth-year option on Bridgewater's rookie contract, but according to ESPN.com, that move does not seem likely.
Bridgewater would be guaranteed more than $11 million in 2018 if the Vikings awarded him the fifth-year option. The Vikings may still decide to re-sign Bridgewater after next season, but the former Louisville star is still fighting back from a gruesome knee injury.
Bridgewater, a 2014 first-round pick, missed the entire 2016 season after tearing his ACL and dislocating his left knee during preseason practice. The team subsequently traded a 2017 first-round pick and conditional 2018 fourth-round pick to Philadelphia to land Sam Bradford.
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman has been impressed with Bridgewater's hard work during the first week of offseason workouts.
"He's been in here working as hard as anyone, fighting his way back. I wouldn't put it past that kid how quickly he can comeback," Spielman said. "But it's still unknown. You know, Bradford was here the very first day and leading the group, and we are very fortunate to have both of those players at that position on our roster right now."