Bridgewater wanted no part of Cleveland

QB told agent he was glad Browns chose Manziel
TNS Regional News
May 14, 2014

As far as Teddy Bridgewater is concerned, the Cleveland Browns can have Johnny Manziel.

Bridgewater, taken by the Vikings with the No. 32 pick in last week's NFL draft, said Tuesday on the Dan Patrick Show he didn't want to go to Cleveland.

"There was a chance, but I actually told my agent (Kennard McGuire) that that's not the place where I wanted to be," Bridgewater said on the show. "Throughout the entire process I felt comfortable with the Minnesota Vikings with every visit that I had with the team."

The Vikings originally had the No. 8 pick in the first round and made a deal with Cleveland to trade down and take linebacker Anthony Barr at No. 9. The Browns selected cornerback Justin Gilbert with the No. 8 pick.

The Browns later made a deal with Philadelphia to move up from No. 26 to 22 to take Manziel, a quarterback from Texas A&M who won the 2012 Heisman Trophy. The Vikings later made a trade with Seattle to move up to No. 32 to pick Bridgewater.

According to the NFL, Manziel ranks No. 1 in jersey sales among players taken in last week's draft, and Bridgewater is No. 4.

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By Chris Tomasson

Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn.


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