Vikings sign QB Teddy Bridgewater
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings needed until the day before training camp to get their three first-round picks signed a year ago.
This year, they've got both of their first-rounders signed before the end of May -- and their newest quarterback is in the fold.
The Vikings announced Tuesday morning that they signed Teddy Bridgewater to a rookie contract, which is expected to pay the 32nd overall pick in the draft around $6.85 million for the next four years. The deal includes a fifth-year team option.
The news came shortly after a league source told ESPN.com that the Vikings had agreed to terms with linebacker Anthony Barr, the ninth overall pick in the draft, on a contract that will pay him a $7.59 million signing bonus and $12.74 million guaranteed over the next four seasons.
At the beginning of the pre-draft process, Bridgewater was being mentioned as a candidate to go No. 1 overall, but he slid to the bottom of the first round in part because of concerns about a poor pro day performance in March.
The Vikings, however, put Bridgewater through a private workout in April and saw many of their concerns disappear once offensive coordinator Norv Turner and quarterbacks coach Scott Turner started working with him.
General manager Rick Spielman had said the team wanted a rookie quarterback to sit for a year, and it's possible the Vikings will give Bridgewater time to develop with Matt Cassel signed through 2015.
Coach Mike Zimmer said last week that Bridgewater will take some first-team snaps during the team's organized training activities. But Zimmer, who is in his first year as coach, also said he doesn't have a depth chart yet and will give players a chance to determine where they should be on that list.
It's possible Bridgewater could win the starting job in training camp, but the Vikings have no reason to rush him.
"We're going to bring Teddy along at the right time," Zimmer said at the Vikings' rookie camp last Friday. "I've said this before: I want competition at every spot, and watching the quarterbacks that we have, I feel like they've improved a lot in the short time since we had the first minicamp to where they're at now."
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