Vikings GM Rick Spielman Talks Bradford And Bridgewater

Alexander Shun | @alexpshun

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It will arguably be the top story to follow this offseason for the Minnesota Vikings. The quarterback controversy (of sorts) between Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford will be watched closely, particularly because they are both technically first-round draft picks for Minnesota.

Bridgewater was drafted in the first round of the 2014 Draft while Bradford was acquired at the beginning of the season in exchange for Minnesota's 2017 first round draft pick after Bridgewater suffered a dislocated knee and torn ACL.

Bradford took the reigns of the Viking offense and put together a great season, throwing for 3,877 yards, 20 touchdowns and only five interceptions while setting a record for the highest single-season completion percentage in NFL history. In the process, the veteran QB sparked a controversy as to who would be the starter once Bridgewater was healthy and ready to play again.

Tuesday evening, Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman spoke on Sirius XM Satellite Radio and discussed the potential quarterback controversy and whether it would be possible to keep both QBs on the Minnesota roster.

"No it's not an issue at all," Spielman replied when asked if keeping quarterbacks would be an issue. "I know [Head Coach Mike Zimmer] talked in his postseason press conference that Sam will head in as our starting quarterback. I know the best thing is that Teddy is rehabbing extremely hard, it's a very significant injury, and we're just hoping for him to get healthy, at what point, that is unknown."

It remains to be seen when Bridgewater will be healthy enough to resume football activities however, when that times comes, will he get the starting job back or will it be lost to a veteran and efficient Bradford?

Most players do not lose their starting jobs to injuries but it is hard to argue with Bradford's results, even if the Vikings only mustered a 7-8 record with the veteran under center. 

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