Dec 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) warms up passing before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati Bengals beat the Minnesota Vikings by the score of 42-14. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings Won’t Trade Christian Ponder, Says Rick Spielman


So, who wants to talk some more about Christian Ponder?

Not Rick Spielman. But he doesn’t have any choice, because that’s what the media want to talk about.

Spielman got multiple questions about Ponder during his pre-draft press conference Tuesday afternoon. One of these questions was about any potential plan to trade Ponder for an extra pick, maybe a seventh or something, during the draft.

The GM’s reply? Not going to happen.

“We would not trade Ponder,” Spielman explained. “That would leave us with one quarterback.”

Well, two if you count the quarterback they will almost certainly draft within the first couple of rounds.

It’s kind of a silly answer from Spielman when you consider how easily the Vikings could pick up a veteran free agent plus a UDFA as a camp body to plug in behind Matt Cassel and whoever they draft.

But whatever. Spielman isn’t going to say anything different than what he said.

He could go up there and say “We’re not trading Christian Ponder” and three minutes later trade Christian Ponder.

Assuming there is a team out there that wants Ponder. And there probably is not.

Regardless of Spielman’s promise not to trade Ponder, the fact is that Ponder is no longer a factor for the Vikings, no longer a significant part of their future plans.

He is, for all intents and purposes, a non-entity.

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  • J Christian Larsen

    Is it possible Norv can turn things around with Ponder? Doubtful but it would prove he is truly a QB guru…

  • Gordon Guffey

    Ponder isn’t going anywhere and for all we know could plan to wait till 2015 to draft a QB ~ Lets not forget that in Ponder first two season he had no one outside of Simpson at WR and while he did have Jennings last year they didn’t click in Musgraves offense of run~run~pass and Cassel has his share of trouble passing when teams knew on 3rd and long you were throwing the ball ~ And in Musgraves offense many of the time the receiver caught the ball 5 yards shot of the first down marker with hopes he could make someone miss and he would get the first down ~

    Musgraves game plan and play calling were a lot of the QB’s problems last year ~ I believe Norv knew this and thats the reason the Vikings paid Cassel more money to come back and why Spielman is saying he wouldn’t draft Ponder ~ Musgrave had as much to do with the poor QB play as anyone ~

    It will be fun to see how this all works out ~

  • Daniel Laxen

    Recall he said the same thing about Percy Harvin last year about this time!