Teddy Bridgewater very easily could have been a Cleveland Brown. But the 21-year-old quarterback from the University of Louisville says he didn't want to be there.
Bridgewater told Dan Patrick in an interview Wednesday (which can be watched above) there was "a chance" Cleveland was going to draft him.
"But I actually told my agent that's not the place I wanted to be," he told Patrick. Instead, Bridgewater says he felt "comfortable" with the Vikings through the entire predraft process.
"Every visit that I had with the team, you know, there was a family environment and the players, great guys," he said. "So I felt comfortable wanting to play here."
Meanwhile, ESPN talked to Browns head coach Mike Pettine about a report claiming the team was going to take Bridgewater at No. 22, and even had his name on the card – before switching it to Johnny Manziel at the last second. Pettine called the report "beyond laughable."
If you believe Peter King, the Vikings may have preferred it that way. King says the Vikings were planning to take Johnny Football with the 22nd overall pick, had they swung the deal with the Eagles instead of Cleveland. Minnesota, King says, finished third in the race to trade for the 22nd pick, just behind an unknown team. Minnesota would have had to give up the No. 40 pick in this year’s draft and a 2015 first-round pick.
Although jersey sales suggest Vikings fans are plenty happy. Bridgewater has the fourth-fastest selling rookie jersey so far.
More Dan Patrick Tidbits
Bridgewater, who said he's in Minnesota now, also described new Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner's playbook as "pretty huge," and said he hasn't discussed the opportunity to start week one with coaches yet, but was told he'd be in consideration.
Patrick also suggested Bridgewater – who was born in Miami and went to school in Louisville – watch the movie "Fargo" in preparation for winter, and asked if he was ready to play in the cold at TCF Bank stadium for two years.
"We're going to use that to our advantage and make the best of it," Bridgewater said.
A recent breakdown looked at his performance in cold weather, and found he was more effective in warmer temps. The According to the ESPN research, in 24 starts when temps were 50 degrees or above, Bridgewater threw for 48 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while completing 71 percent of his passes. In 11 games with a temperature of less than 50 degrees, he threw 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions while completing 63 percent of his passes.
Offseason Activities Continue
The Vikings begin rookie minicamp Friday and run through the weekend, NFL.com notes. That's followed by a week off, then three consecutive weeks of OTA offseason activities – May 28-30, June 3-5, June 9-12. A mandatory minicamp will be held June 17-19.
Then it's a few weeks off, until training camp opens in Mankato in late July.