Could Teddy Bridgewater return to the Vikings in the future?

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Would the Vikings be interested in Teddy Bridgewater?

This would be a hugely popular move. The Vikings’ loyal fanbase still thinks the world of Teddy Bridgewater and there is little denying the fact that he would probably still be under center for the franchise had he not suffered that freak training camp injury prior to the 2016 campaign.

Mike Zimmer also holds the player in high regard. And the head coach freely admitted Bridgewater would still be around in different circumstances ahead of Minnesota’s game against the Carolina Panthers this weekend.

"“I’m happy for Teddy. No. 1 he deserves everything he gets. I talked to him before the season and told him I’m going to wish you luck in 15 games. We have a lot of respect for each other. At that point in time (after the injury), the odds of guys having a long career and playing with the things he had were not very good. I always thought he would be the quarterback for my whole career.”"

Providing Bridgewater doesn’t show any regression in the coming years, then the Vikings would no doubt strongly consider the possibility. It’s easy to forget the quarterback will only be 30-years-old when his contract expires in 2022, which is still relatively young for players at the position in the modern-day NFL.

If Bridgewater has proven to be the answer to Carolina’s woes by this point, they’ll do everything in their power to try and keep him. However, offensive coordinator Joe Brady might have a head coaching job by then and the allure of going back to where it all began could be a hard proposal to turn down.