The Minnesota Vikings informed injured quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on Monday that the team will not pick up the fifth-year option on his contract for the 2018 season.
The Vikings decided to decline the $12.198 option on Bridgewater, according to the Pioneer Press.
Bridgewater, who dislocated his left knee and tore the ACL during a late August practice, is rehabbing and trying to make it back from the catastrophic injury. He has been participating in voluntary conditioning work with teammates.
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said last week there is still no timetable for the 24-year-old Bridgewater to resume a full workload of football activities.
The Vikings could still re-sign Bridgewater but they do not appear willing to guarantee his 2018 salary.
Bridgewater, the Vikings’ 2014 first-round pick, missed the 2016 season. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2015 when he passed for 3,231 yards and 14 touchdowns against nine interceptions.
After his injury, Minnesota acquired Sam Bradford from the Philadelphia Eagles. In 2016, Bradford established an NFL single-season record for completion percentage (71.6) while passing for 3,877 yards and 20 touchdowns against just five interceptions.
Meanwhile, the Vikings on Monday exercised the fifth-year option on the contract of linebacker Anthony Barr, the ninth pick in the 2014 draft.
Barr’s option for 2018 will be worth an estimated $12.306 million. He made the Pro Bowl last two seasons and started all 42 games in which he played since 2014.
Barr, 25, has made 208 tackles, including 9.5 sacks and 14 tackles for losses.
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