Teddy Bridgewater Disses Browns; Says Cleveland Not Where He Wanted To Be In Interview
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CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Good thing the Browns opted for Johnny Manziel.
Teddy Bridgewater wanted nothing to do with them.
In an interview with ‘The Dan Patrick Show’ Tuesday morning Bridgewater said he was relieved that Cleveland passed on him after they traded up to the 22nd pick last Thursday.
“I actually told my agent that’s not the place where I wanted to be,” Bridgewater told Patrick.
It’s easy to understand Bridgewater’s feelings considering that the Browns have been a quarterback graveyard since 1999. The team has started 20 different QBs since returning to the league.
The former Louisville quarterback was selected 32nd overall by the Minnesota Vikings following a trade with the Seattle Seahawks.
“Throughout this entire process I felt comfortable with the Minnesota Vikings from every visit that I had with the team,” Bridgewater said. “It’s a family environment. The players, great guys, a great group of guys so I felt comfortable wanting to play here.”
Bridgewater told Patrick that he vowed during interviews with teams – including the Browns – to make them pay if they passed on him in the draft.
“Ah, yeah, it’s somewhat accurate,” Bridgewater said. “Coach [Mike] Zimmer loves guys who play with a chip on their shoulder. I just continued to stay within my character, but at same time I know my mindset.”
On Monday, during the Browns Foundation golf outing, head coach Mike Pettine dismissed a report that the Browns had Bridgewater’s name on the car ready to send to the podium before owner Jimmy Haslam stepped in and changed it to Johnny Manziel.
“That’s absolutely false,” Pettine said. “I heard that story too. It’s beyond laughable.”
Almost as laughable as Bridgewater, who preferred to stay on the board and wait 10 more picks before being selected rather than play for the Browns.
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