Barkley said he embraces the chance to transform a downtrodden team like the Browns, who have one win in two years, or the Giants, coming off a down year: "You want to be part of something like that, something that's bigger than yourself". "If you pick the wrong one, this whole thing can go downhill".
After injuries to Bridgewater and Sam Bradford, Keenum was handed the starting role in Week 2 with the task of keeping the team afloat.
"The process that we're going through right now with Sam, Teddy and Case", Zimmer said, "(is) we're trying to determine exactly where these three guys are". "Can Sam stay healthy?"
Zimmer said the team is in the process of trying to answer questions regarding all three quarterbacks now on the Vikings' roster.
Asked if he expects it to be decided by March 12 when a three-day negotiating period for free agents begins before the start of the league year, Spielman said, "It's up to the league". NFL Network has reported that the Vikings don't plan to work out an extension and nor do they plan to franchise him.
Bridgewater was inactive in the playoffs, although he said after the loss to the Eagles ended Minnesota's season that he views himself as a starting quarterback.
"I have a crystal ball", Zimmer told reporters at the Colts' Lucas Oil Stadium on Thursday, "but I don't have it with me".
It looks like Zimmer may have thrown some shade Keenum's way with his response, wondering which Keenum they'd get if they were to bring him back as the team's starter. Is Case the guy that played for the Rams or the guy that played for us? "I'm not saying they'll be back for sure, but I'm not going to say they are gone".
Following Bridgewater's knee injury, the Vikings traded for Bradford, who went on to lead the National Football League with a 71.6 percent completion rate and threw for 3,877 yards with 20 touchdowns and five interceptions.
With Washington's acquisition of Alex Smith from the Kansas City Chiefs, that all but spells the end of Cousins on the team.
"I think Kevin is a tremendous coach and obviously the Vikings feel the same way", Shurmur said. What I don't want to do is say 'Okay, this is just one thing.
Zimmer said he does believe in Bradford, who has a history of knee injuries and was decked by a bone bruise in the second game of the 2017 season.
Three options with open ended answers for the Vikings at this point. "He's a great kid, great competitor, a victor".
The Penn State star might even be the first running back selected in the top two picks since Reggie Bush in 2006 or even the first to go No. 1 overall since another Nittany Lion, Ki-Jana Carter, in 1995. If Zimmer is concerned about what a potential contract for Cousins would do to the team's ability to maintain a stout defense and/or its ability to be competitive beyond a short-term window, that's significant.