"With the tolling, if it goes into that area, it's not a Minnesota Vikings (decision)", said Spielman, speaking about the matter for the first time to a group of reporters.
Spielman called Bridgewater, whose only game action in 2017 was two series December 17 against Cincinnati, an "inspiration" in how he was able to return. With the Redskins moving on, Cousins should become a free agent in March and could be the most sought-after player on the market. Spielman said the Vikings will have discussions later this month about what to do at quarterback but the first order of business is to hire an offensive coordinator. Vikings' 2017 OC Pat Shurmur left to take over as head coach of the New York Giants.
"He'll have a major part of the decision-making process", Spielman said.
They now have three starting-caliber quarterbacks that are hitting free agency this offseason in Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater. There is a process in place, like everything we do, that's done very thoroughly, and it is also looking out into the future. Interviewed so far are Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski, former Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, Houston quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan and New Orleans assistant head coach/tight ends coach Dan Campbell.
Will the Vikings bring one of those guys back? Two? The Pioneer Press reported Wednesday they are considering interviewing Philadelphia quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo after the Eagles face New England in Super Bowl LII on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium.
"Regardless of who the quarterback is, we have planned for this two years back", Spielman said.
The Vikings came within one game of the Super Bowl on their home turf before losing 38-7 at Philadelphia in the NFC Championship Game on January 21. Zimmer has said he won't. "You never know. If we can't get one of those three guys to stick around, Kirk Cousins is out there and he's a heck of a football player". We don't have time to be feeling sorry for ourselves. "So, once we get the coordinator in place, we'll go through our normal procedures, our process that we've done every year, and then we'll have a pretty good game plan as we head down to the combine, the direction we're going with a lot of things". Monday morning at 7 a.m.
Bridgewater missed nearly entirely the 2017 season due to his recovery from a torn ACL and dislocated ankle.