Bridgewater happy he was Vikings' selection

Teddy Bridgewater didn't want to end up with the Browns, but whether rumors in Cleveland are true or not, it appears the draft shook out in a way that leaves both Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel satisfied with their new teams.

Perhaps it's a good thing that Teddy Bridgewater isn't being called Teddy Cleveland now.

On Tuesday's episode of the "The Dan Patrick Show," a nationally syndicated radio program, Bridgewater said he was hoping he wouldn't get drafted by the Browns. Cleveland traded up from its spot at No. 26 in the draft to No. 22 and took Johnny Manziel, bringing the circus that accompanies him to Cleveland.

Asked if thought there was a possibility Cleveland might draft him, Bridgewater seemed happy he wasn't in the Browns' plans.

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

Bridgewater, who was considered by many mock draft analysts as being the first overall pick back in February, saw his draft stock tumble after a poor showing at his pro day. He went from being a top-five pick all the way to the Vikings at No. 32.

Asked if he has some revenge in mind for those teams that were in need of a quarterback that passed on him, Bridgewater confirmed that the wait was difficult, but he was glad to land where he ended up – as a member of the Vikings.

"It's somewhat accurate," Bridgewater said of the revenge angle. "Coach (Mike) Zimmer loves guys who play with a chip on their shoulder. I just continue to stay within my character, but, at the same time, I know my mindset."

Reports out of Cleveland said that the Browns initially put Bridgewater's name on the card they would submit to the NFL, but, at the last minute, changed it to Johnny Manziel – a report the Browns and head coach Mike Pettine shot down as being wrong.

Whether or not Cleveland had Bridgewater in their plans or not, the Browns seem content where they are with the attention Johnny Football has brought to their city and Bridgewater appears happy that, when the card was turned in, it had Manziel's name and not his written on it.


John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.

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