NFL Network, ESPN, and USA Today reported Monday that the Vikings' decided not to pick up the fifth-year of Bridgewater's rookie pact.
Bridgewater, 24, tore his ACL, dislocated his knee, and suffered other structural damage to his leg last August. Shortly after the injury, Minnesota pulled off a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles to acquire Sam Bradford in exchange for a 2017 first round draft pick and a conditional fourth round pick in 2018.
The Vikings had until Tuesday to make a decision on Bridgewater's deal. His 2018 salary was booked for at least $11 million.
Bridgewater was a Pro Bowl selection in 2015 when he passed for 3,231 yards, 14 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. He is 17-11 as a starting quarterback, leading the 2015 Vikings to an NFC North division title.
Bridgewater was the No. 32 overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft. The Louisville product is due $1.3 million in 2017 before hitting free agency next offseason. The Vikings could still decide to give him the franchise tag or a contract extension.
Bradford, 29, is also playing on the final year of a two-year, $36 million contract. His deal includes $26 million guaranteed. This season Bradford is due $13 million, with an additional $4 million roster bonus.
Bradford, the No. 1 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, completed a league-best 71.6 perecent of his passes last season for a career-high 3,877 yards, 20 touchdowns, and five interceptions. He had a 7-8 record as a starter. The Vikings got out to a fast start in 2016, winning its first five games. Minnesota then lost six of its next seven games.