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Report: Teddy Bridgewater Didn’t Want to Play in Cleveland Because Not Everyone Was On Board

Evidently, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group and as reported by Mary Kay Cabot (who has not always been on point when it comes to Cleveland Browns stories), Teddy Bridgewater would have preferred not to be drafted by the Cleveland Browns because of the feeling that he wouldn’t have the full support of the staff behind him.

Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who’s up for Pepsi Rookie of the Year, didn’t want to play for the Browns in part because he knew that not everyone in the organization was on board with drafting him, a league source told Northeast Ohio Media Group.

The source said Bridgewater knew that some in the organization really liked him and that others wanted Johnny Manziel instead.

Despite the fact that the Browns commissioned a $100,000 study on who to draft, one that indicated that Teddy Bridgewater was the best choice, they opted to trade up to the 22nd pick to select Johnny Manziel, whose rookie season has been much more troubling than Bridgewater’s.

According to the report by Cabot, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was not sold on either Bridgewater or Manziel, instead preferring Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo or Pitt quarterback Tom Savage. In addition to the Manziel/Bridgewater split inside the Browns organization, there were evidently people who didn’t like either.

Teddy previously indicated on the Dan Patrick show shortly after the draft that he much preferred Minnesota to Cleveland, but this is the first word as to specifically why he didn’t want to go to Cleveland.

Bridgewater’s rookie season has seemingly panned out well. Props to the Vikings for hiding their dysfunctionality until it was too late to turn back.

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  1. Yikes! I’ve always been a fan of Kyle Shanahan’s offense, but reading that he preferred Tom Savage over Teddy makes me wonder take pause.

    1. I think there’s a difference that’s not well articulated by Cabot, which is that the Cleveland Browns had staff that didn’t just prefer Johnny, but specifically didn’t want Teddy, even as a consolation to not having Johnny. Especially because Kyle Shanahan didn’t want either at all.

  2. There’s no hard evidence that Spielman’s attempt to trade up was for Manziel. That’s an assumption. There was a report by Cabot a day before the draft that Farmer wanted Bridgewater. I believe Vikes vied for the #22 spot for Teddy thinking Farmer would take him.

  3. “Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good..” – Rick Spielman*

    *possibly not a direct quote