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
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.