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CRAWFORD | Bridgewater signs 4-year contract, impresses Vikings early

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Teddy Bridgewater didn't waste any time putting pen to paper. The Minnesota Vikings announced Tuesday morning that Bridgewater has signed a four-year contract.

The former University of Louisville quarterback received a $3.3 million signing bonus on a four-year deal with $6.85 million. The contract includes an option for a fifth year.

In a press conference last week, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Bridgewater will see some reps with the first team during the offseason. The Vikings already were impressed with him in a short rookie camp.

"He is throwing the ball good," Zimmer told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "I think he's got a good presence, a good command of the way he's taking things. It was good for him to be out here with the quarterbacks a little bit last week for a few days."

On one of his first passes in 1-on-1 drills, the paper reported that he shot a 50-yard deep ball over the head of cornerback Jabari Price to wide receiver Adam Thielen. His reads in the drills were quick, according to the paper, and he was accurate with his short throws underneath the coverage.

"He expects a lot out of himself," Thielen told the Star-Tribune. "I've been with him for a week now, and he's getting better each day.

Bridgewater said he's been spending "every second that I get" at the Vikings team facility since being drafted.

Not that reps with the ones should be seen as progress just yet. Zimmer said Bridgewater still will have to win the No. 3 spot on the roster. But he has been impressed with Bridgewater's ability to grasp the terminology of the Vikings offense already.

"It's not like, 'Hey, I'm throwing an out now," Zimmer told the newspaper. "He would say the whole formation, the whole play, what it's on and go from there, just repeat it as he goes. That was impressive."


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