Bridgewater backtracks on comments about Cleveland


Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is backtracking on comments he made following the NFL Draft, about not wanting to play for the Cleveland Browns.

While appearing on The Dan Patrick Show, May 13th, Bridgewater said there was a chance he might go to Cleveland, but said that wasn't where he wanted to be.

I actually told my agent that's not the place where I wanted to be. Throughout this entire process I felt comfortable with the Minnesota Vikings. Every visit that I had with the team, you know, there was a family environment and the players, great guys. A great group of guys. So I felt comfortable wanting to play here.

Bridgewater told the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Tuesday he thinks the comments were misinterpreted.

"What I was saying was I had a strong feeling about the Minnesota Vikings," said Bridgewater. "I was able to meet with them five or six times in the pre-draft visits. I just had a pretty solid feeling about the Minnesota Vikings, but you know, I try to put the pre-draft stuff behind and try to just focus on my career with the Vikings.

He was in Cleveland taking part in the NFL Rookie Symposium.

Browns coach Mike Pettine may have taken an indirect shot at Bridgewater when he said last week that his quarterback, Johnny Manziel, was the only rookie who had a chance to start this season.

Whether he starts this year or not Bridgewater is confident he'll flourish in former Browns and now Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner's offense.

"You just have to be a great passer," said Bridgewater. "I feel I have some of those qualities to be a great passer, whether it's my accuracy, my decision-making or just protecting the football. I know I have a long way to go. I've only been there for six weeks. In six weeks I've been able to learn so much."

Turner has been impressed with Bridgewater to this point.

"I knew he'd be very accurate, I knew he'd make great decisions, quick decisions, but he's been outstanding throwing the ball deep, which some people though that was going to be an issue," Turner told FOX Sports Net.

Turner added that he believes that Bridgewater has shown that he can make all the throws he needs to.

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