It's commonplace to see and hear words that sugarcoat situations in which players move on to another organization. “We wish him the best of luck.” “He has all the talent in the world.” Etc.
The following is an example of a rarity.
According to Courtney Cronin of ESPN, part of the reason the Minnesota Vikings didn't fight to hold on to Teddy Bridgewater was due to the idea they believe he still has a long recovery road ahead of him.
“The reports I’d get back from the medical people weren’t as positive as I was about it,” Zimmer said. “That’s kind of how it came down is that his knee wasn’t as … he still has some recovery to do. When I watched him in practice he moved well, I didn’t see limitations but from what I told there was some.”
Bridgewater hasn't yet confirmed whether he's healthy enough to take part in offseason work with his new team, the New York Jets, but the team obviously felt comfortable enough in inking the Louisville product to a one-year pact.
Bridgewater, 25, was a first-round selection via the Vikings back in 2014, 32nd overall choice. After a solid rookie season, Teddy qualified for the Pro Bowl in 2015 with a well-done 3,231-yard, 14-touchdown campaign.
Since tearing his ACL in 2016, Bridgewater has only seen action in one game. He missed on two attempts, coming this past season.
Only time will now tell how healthy Tedd Bridgewater is and will be by the time training camp rolls in.