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Bridgewater hedging on early jump to NFL?

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It’s been assumed by just about in and around the college — and NFL — game that Teddy Bridgewater would leave a year of eligibility on the table and make himself available for the April draft.

While that appears likely to be the case a month or so ahead of the NFL deadline for draft-eligible players to declare their intentions, it seems as if the Louisville quarterback is at least leaving the door cracked for a return to school.

In a tweet posted by former NFL scout and current Bay Area radio /CSN personality John Middlekauff Friday afternoon, sources tell him that Bridgewater is indeed considering a return to the Cardinals, although a final decision on which path his football future will take has yet to be made.

Shortly after Middlekauff’s tweet, Gil Brandt, the long-time Dallas Cowboys director of personnel and current NFL.com analyst, tweeted the following:

Louisville will face Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl Dec. 28,. at which point Bridgewater will be expected to announce whether he’s returning to the UofL or leaving early.

If it’s the former, draftniks across the country will be stunned… and forced to adjust the very top of their mock drafts.  From Rotoworld to CBSSports.com to FOXSports.com to Sports Illustrated to SBNation.com to just about all other points in between, Bridgewater is projected to be the first player taken in the NFL draft next April.  To say that Bridgewater returning would serve as a surprise is an understatement.

The fact that he’s reportedly even considering it, however, is just as big.  And potentially huge for the Cardinals football program, as unlikely as it is.

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13 Responses to “Bridgewater hedging on early jump to NFL?”
  1. thefiesty1 says: Dec 13, 2013 2:52 PM

    With the weak schedule of the (still) little east, maybe he should stay another year before trying to play with the bog boys week after week.

  2. jimbo75025 says: Dec 13, 2013 2:58 PM

    If memory serves, doesn’t his mother have HIV or something?

    Seems like the financial aspect (and the medical care those NFL$ could pay for) here would make his going pro the only decision in this case.

  3. bucrightoff says: Dec 13, 2013 3:02 PM

    Absolutely no shot he doesn’t come out. He’s locked in as the #1 QB this year, whereas next year he’d be fighting for #2 against Mariota and others (Jameis of course being locked in at #1)

  4. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 13, 2013 3:05 PM

    Just because Jameis is going to win the Heisman doesn’t mean he’s the best pro QB prospect….

    I personally think Mariota or Bridgewater if he stays would be a better choice than Winston next year.

  5. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 13, 2013 3:06 PM

    Johnny Football just heard a cash register again….

    What looked like a VERY DEEP QB draft is now becoming quite sparse…

  6. ewyorksockexchange says: Dec 13, 2013 3:12 PM

    Bridgewater would be very unwise to return to school for another year. Look at a guy like Matt Barkley for why that is. He was projected as a top 5 pick, stood to make millions without taking a snap. He went back to school, hurt his shoulder, and now he’s the third string QB for the Eagles, making under a million dollars per year. You have to treat your own draft value the same you would treat your stock holdings. Sell when the value is highest. And it doesn’t get much higher than the number one overall pick. If he wants to go back to school, fine, put some money aside in a trust and finish his degree when he retires.

  7. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 13, 2013 3:37 PM

    Honestly though, when it’s looking like Houston is going to get the #1 pick why wouldn’t he want to come out.

    I know I’m biased but this team is loaded with talent and 1 year removed from being 12-4…. they’ve colossally bad luck losing Arian Foster, Bryan Cushing, Owen Daniels, and Danieal Manning for the year, then combine that with bad QB play, the season has imploded.

    But with a new QB and a healthy roster this team could easily be back in the playoffs NEXT YEAR, especially in a very weak division.

    Or wait til next year when the Vikings or Jags have the 1st overall pick…

  8. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 13, 2013 3:38 PM

    Brian*

  9. sportsfan18 says: Dec 13, 2013 4:02 PM

    Several points here.

    Under the old system, the one where Matt Stafford and Sam Bradford (and others) struck HUGE deals by being the #1 pick where they got like $50 million in guaranteed money is no longer in place.

    In today’s game, the dollars are much less overall compared to what they used to be.

    Even if it turned out he wasn’t ready to play against the big boys, under the old system he would have been hard pressed to turn down what seems to be the number 1 selection if he comes out as he would have received like $50 million plus GUARANTEED.

    This past NFL draft, the top 3 players chosen received a bit over $20 million TOTAL for four yrs. The #4 pick got $19 plus million for 4 yrs.

    #10 pick got $12.6 million for 4 yrs.

    So if he chose to stay in college and came out next yr and say was drafted 4th instead of 1st, he’d be missing out on say $4 million over 4 yrs or $1 million a yr for 4 yrs.

    The system in place now is much different than it used to be for the top NFL draft picks money wise.

    Of course, injury risk etc… but I could see why some (not necessarily him) would decide to remain in college another year in today’s NFL vs. several yrs ago.

  10. 32stork says: Dec 13, 2013 4:09 PM

    He is consulting his “personal coaches”. What a joke.

  11. floridacock says: Dec 13, 2013 9:11 PM

    Staying in school can teach you how to handle things if they don’t go the way you plan (see Ryan Leaf)

  12. v2the4 says: Dec 14, 2013 3:12 AM

    Teddy Bridgewater should go ask Matt Barkley how coming back for his senior year dropped his draft status from a potential top 5 pick to a 4th rounder….but, coaching had a lot to do with that too. or he can ask Jake Locker, who was rumored to be the top pick in 2009, but came back and bombed out his senior year, even though he was drafted in the first round.

    the main thing Im concerned with is his injury risk, but with Louisville joining the ACC next year, he probably feels he can use the competition of Florida St, Miami, Clemson, Notre Dame, VaTech, UNC and others to make himself better.

    he would be the 1st qb off the board in the 2014 draft, and in the 2015 draft, he would have company with Winston at FSU, Mariotta at Oregon, Petty at Baylor, Manzel at aTm, Miller at tOSU and Hundley at UCLA

  13. mianfr says: Dec 14, 2013 9:22 AM

    Did anyone actually watch him play or just read the draftniks say he was going first overall? He should have done much, much better against that level of competition if he’s a true first overall pick. Manziel’s numbers killed his and he has a better arm with more playmaking ability, and did it against the SEC mainly no less.

    I bet Teddy got a second round grade from GMs.

    Also, anyone who thinks there’s a better prospect in the game than Jameis Winston is crazy. He’s Ben Roethlisberger on steroids. Ridiculous to think inaccurate, questionably-armed Mariota, Brett Hundley (although he’s closer), or anyone else for that matter, is in the same league as he is.

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