Teddy Bridgewater, Quarterback, Minnesota Vikings
This past May, the Minnesota Vikings decline to pick up the fifth-year option that was part of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s rookie contract. That, of course, is because of the uncertainty around Bridgewater’s recovery from the horrific knee injury he sustained before the 2016 season began (resulting in the team acquiring quarterback Sam Bradford via trade). Bridgewater’s name popped up in the news a few weeks ago, when reports emerged that he could be cleared to start practicing. But having missed over a year of football, and given how bad his knee injury was, nobody really knows at what level Bridgewater can play at when he returns. It doesn’t seem like the Vikings — a team that’s ready to compete in the NFC right now — is willing to wait and find out that answer.