Bridgewater is off to an impressive start with his new team, inspiring ESPN.com's Rich Cimini to declare that the quarterback's trade value is "trending upward."
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, a former Vikings beat reporter, checked in with his Minnesota sources to gauge the credibility of Bridgewater's burgeoning trade value.
Even though Bradford bypassed Bridgewater on the depth chart, Pelissero was told, it's no surprise to hear that the former Louisville star is shining in no-contact practices.
"He threw the football well [last season]," Pelissero reported on Tuesday's edition of NFL Up to the Minute. "Teammates talk about how Bridgewater's arm actually looked stronger than before he got hurt."
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer cautioned in late March that doctor's reviews of Bridgewater's knee didn't reflect what he witnessed on the practice field.
In a touch of irony, Bridgewater figures to enter training camp on the trade block, rivaling former stand-in Bradford as the go-to target for any team that might lose its own starter.
"[Bridgewater] is very tradeable," Pelissero explained. "They only paid him a $500,000 bonus. His salary for the season [is] $5.5 million in base salary."
Prior to the career-threatening injury, Bridgewater exhibited impressive accuracy, touch and improvisational ability to go with an intermediate-to-deep ball that was better than advertised. Since then, though, he has attempted just two NFL passes.
Who's going to surrender valuable draft capital for an unknown entity?