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Updated: May 13th, 2014 10:22am
Bridgewater: Cleveland's 'not the place I wanted to be'

Bridgewater: Cleveland's 'not the place I wanted to be'

by Andrew Krammer
1500ESPN.com
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The Cleveland Browns recently denied a report that Teddy Bridgewater was their choice before changing their minds "with 10 seconds to go"  to take Johnny Manziel. 

Bridgewater, during a Tuesday interview with the Dan Patrick Show, said he didn't want to be a Brown anyway. 

"There was a chance," Bridgewater said, probably speaking out of Cleveland's pre-draft interest and not with any knowledge of what was happening inside the Browns' draft room. "I actually told my agent that's not the place I wanted to be." 

The Browns traded up to take Manziel with the 22nd overall pick during Thursday's first round of the NFL Draft. The Vikings traded up to nab Bridgewater with the last pick (32) of the first round. 

After Thursday's first round, Bridgewater told local media in a conference call that he'd been on four or five visits with the Vikings during the pre-draft process. 

"Throughout the entire process I felt comfortable with the Minensota Vikings," Bridgewater told Dan Patrick. "Every visit I had with the team, the family environment, the players and the guys. I felt comfortable wanting to play here." 

The Vikings re-signed Matt Cassel to a two-year contract in March, but Minnesota will be Bridgewater's team when he's ultimately ready to take the reins. He's already plunged into offensive coordinator Norv Turner's playbook, in which he called the first install 'huge,' likely in preparation for the team's rookie minicamp later this week. 

"I have been told that when coaches feel that I'm comfortable and I show that I'm competing at a high level," Bridgewater said. "Then I'll be in consideration for the starting job." 

Andrew Krammer covers the Minnesota Vikings for 1500ESPN.com. He previously covered the Gophers men's basketball team for the Minnesota Daily.
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