Vikings not expected to invest more time in Christian Ponder

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

The Minnesota Vikings are expected to address their quarterback situation this offseason and it is likely that one of the three signal-callers currently on the roster will be released. Whether it be Christian Ponder, Josh Freeman or Matt Cassel, someone is expected to get the boot and it looks like Ponder could be getting the short straw.

In a recent Twitter Q&A, ESPN Vikings blogger Ben Goessling said that he doesn’t picture the Vikings investing any more time in Ponder and that he most likely exhausted his final opportunity with the team.

Goessling wrote:

I can’t see them investing more time in Ponder when they’re probably going to have to draft another young quarterback this spring. When they gave Ponder another chance to start in November, it seemed like he was in his final shot. It’s probably best for them to part ways with him and let him try to catch on somewhere else. Maybe a change of scenery will help him.

We will also have to see whether or not the Vikings add a rookie quarterback with their first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, but it currently looks like the offense will be going a different direction and rolling with a new face could be the answer in Minnesota.

Topics: Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings

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  • manbearpig01

    the obvious one that won’t be back is the one that’s not under contract. josh freeman is a free agent and is as good as gone.

  • J B Anderson

    Ben Goessling was actually answering which (between Cassel & Ponder) makes more sense to keep next year assuming we draft a QB. No reference to Freeman who will already be a FA. If they don’t get a top QB in the draft they will just keep Ponder to compete w/ Cassel since Ponder’s meager salary is fully guaranteed anyway.

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