NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Bridgewater is expected to become a free agent, as Minnesota is not planning to assert that their 2014 first-round pick's four-year deal tolls. Rapoport added that the parties involved are in agreement regarding the QB's contract status.
While Bridgewater is expected to be a free agent, no official decision has been made yet, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed to NFL.com.
How Bridgewater will be assessed in free agency will be one of the period's great wonders. The 25-year-old quarterback is coming off two football-less seasons, for the most part, after suffering a devastating knee injury in the 2016 preseason. When healthy, Teddy was an accurate thrower (64.7 career comp. pct.) with great leadership skills; he led Minnesota to a division title in his second year as a pro. But there remains great risk in giving Bridgewater a big deal, given his injury history.
All of this will be taken into consideration as the ides of March approach, and the NFL's QB carousel continues.