Vikings QB spot wide open

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Vikings brought back veteran Matt Cassel back to be the bridge to the quarterback they were bound to draft this year, and they mapped out the future by trading into the end of the first round to pick Teddy Bridgewater.

Retaining Cassel on a two-year contract has allowed the Vikings the opportunity to be patient with their latest project, but coach Mike Zimmer made clear this week, publicly at least, that the starter won’t be determined until training camp. Bridgewater has said he’d be fine being the backup as a rookie. If he took the job right from the beginning of his career, though, that wouldn’t be such a surprise.

“I want to give everybody an opportunity and make sure it’s a legitimate opportunity for all of them,” Zimmer said, including Christian Ponder in that plan.

“We’ve got time,” Zimmer said.

The Vikings report to training camp July 24.