MANKATO, Minn. -- Even as the Minnesota Vikings move forward with Sam Bradford for the 2017 season, intent on giving their starting quarterback every opportunity to lead them back to the playoffs, they appear no closer to making a decision on Bradford's long-term future.
Bradford said on Wednesday "there really hasn't been anything that's changed" with his contract since reporters last asked him about it in the spring. The 29-year-old quarterback, who will be a free agent after the season, said he's not worried about the contract: "If something changes, then I would look at it, but at this time it’s really not on my radar," he said.
Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater reported to camp, deflecting questions from both fans and reporters about his health nearly 11 months after the major knee injury he suffered last Aug. 30. Bridgewater did not have a brace on his left knee, though, and general manager Rick Spielman seemed at least open to the possibility of letting the team's quarterback situation play out over the coming months, as Bradford begins the year as the starter and Bridgewater continues his road to recovery.
"Those calls will come in time," Spielman said. "I think we are very fortunate to have two quarterbacks like that on our roster. You know, I know what Sam [Bradford] did was unbelievable for the circumstances, he came in last year and he’s had a great offseason. I know Teddy [Bridgewater] and what he means to this organization and how hard he has worked in his rehab to get back on the field as quickly as he can. So, I’d rather face those type of questions or issues as we move forward and it’ll play itself out, I’m sure."
The GM said Bridgewater recently received a "good report from his surgeon," but Spielman offered no further details on when Bridgewater might be able to return to the field and the team placed the quarterback on the active physically-unable-to-perform list on Wednesday.
Bridgewater is also scheduled to become a free agent after the season, though his 2017 contract would toll if he spends the year on the PUP list. For now, though, the Vikings are leaving their options open at quarterback. Bradford -- who is no stranger to uncertainty at quarterback -- sounded confident he's got the wares to become their permanent solution.
"I went through this my last year in Philadelphia and I think you still try to approach it the same way you would any other season," he said. "In this league you have to come in day in and day out proving your worth. Like I said, my goal is to come in each day and get better, be a good teammate and be a good leader. I think if I do that, things will take care of themselves."