Former University of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater admitted on Tuesday that he had hoped that the Cleveland Browns wouldn’t select him in the 2014 NFL Draft.
On Tuesday morning, Bridgewater, 21, appeared on “The Dan Patrick Show,” where he discussed his entrance into the NFL. During the interview, Patrick asked Bridgewater about whether or not the Browns had considered drafting him with the 22nd overall pick ahead of the Minnesota Vikings, who selected him with the 32nd pick.
The Vikings’ new addition admitted that he didn’t want to end up in Cleveland. “I actually told my agent that that’s not the place where I wanted to be,” Bridgewater told Patrick. “Throughout this entire process, I felt comfortable with the Minnesota Vikings, from every visit that I had with the team. It was a family environment and the players are a great group of guys, so I felt comfortable wanting to play here.”
Bridgewater’s admission came just one day after a source told ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi that the Browns initially planned to draft Bridgewater, only to replace him with Johnny Manziel just seconds before the draft pick was announced.
On Monday, Browns spokesperson Zak Gilbert denied that the franchise had ever planned on drafting Bridgewater over Manziel. That is not true,” Gilbert told ESPN Cleveland. “I was in the draft room. That didn’t happen.”
As for how Bridgewater celebrated his NFL arrival, the quarterback’s night was a bit less eventful than that of Manziel, who was partying with Drake and Busta Rhymes. “I went back to the hotel and went to sleep,” Bridgewater told Patrick.
Bridgewater is expected to compete with veteran quarterback Matt Cassel for the Vikings’ starting job. Cassel, 31, signed a two-year, $10 million contract extension with Minnesota during the off-season.