Vikings GM hopes to have difficult QB decision in 2018

Neither Sam Bradford nor Teddy Bridgewater is currently under contract with the Minnesota Vikings in 2018, making the quarterback situation murky heading down the road.

Speaking with Neil Reynolds of Gridiron, Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said in a perfect world the Vikings will have a tough decision between the two signal-callers next year.

"I hope, at the end of the season, that we have that difficult decision to make because it's better to have two high-quality players at that position than to have none at all," he said.

Devil's advocate: Spielman could have a difficult decision to make because Bradford played poorly behind an offensive line that still couldn't block and Bridgewater is still recovering from his knee falling off in 2016.

The Vikings and Bradford weren't engaged in significant contract talks this spring and it doesn't appear as though one will happen during the season. Bridgewater's contract could toll to next season if he ends up sitting out on the physically unable to perform list while rehabbing.

Spielman spoke highly of both his quarterbacks, sounding comfortable with whichever path he eventually takes.

"Think about what Sam Bradford had to do last season," Spielman told Reynolds. "He had never been around this team, had never heard a play call and didn't know our system. For him to learn that offense and manage through so much adversity having only been here a short time was something that was really difficult to do. Watching him throughout the offseason in OTAs, minicamp and now training camp -- Sam has been phenomenal and we're expecting a big year out of him.

"Teddy has been amazing as well. He has attacked his rehab and he appreciates football even more because it was taken away from him. That was an injury where people thought he may never play football again. His mindset has been unbelievable and he is showing determination to get back on the field as soon as he can."

It's an odd situation for an NFL team with two starting-caliber quarterbacks on the roster both with hazy futures. But it's one Spielman is content to let play out and hope it doesn't blow up in his face in 2018.

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