MINNEAPOLIS -- Even as Rick Spielman shook his head at the rare nature of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's knee injury -- saying doctors told him there was less than a 1 percent chance of it happening the way it did -- the Vikings general manager said the team would not be forced into overpaying for a quarterback in a trade before the season.
Spielman said the Vikings are considering all their options at the position, after Bridgewater dislocated his left knee and tore his ACL while dropping back to pass on Tuesday, but expressed confidence in 36-year-old quarterback Shaun Hill, who will take over for Bridgewater as the starter for the time being.
"There's no one in the organization who doesn't think Shaun Hill can take us where we want to go," Spielman said.
He said the Vikings will not give up a high draft pick or any of their young players for a quarterback, saying other teams have made demands that are "just crazy." The Vikings hope to add a quarterback in the next 48 hours, he said, but Spielman said they wouldn't be rushed into a decision just for the sake of making a move.
"People are asking for some crazy things," he said. "People think you're desperate. I'm not doing anything that jeopardizes the franchise."
Bridgewater was at the team facility on Thursday to discuss surgery options, Spielman said. The quarterback and his advisers will pick a surgeon in the next day or two. The general manager had no new information about Bridgewater's injury, saying the Vikings had released all the details they have, and did not commit to a timetable for Bridgewater's return.
"I've heard everything from two days to two years," he said.