Nov 24, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) is chased by Green Bay Packers defensive end Datone Jones (95) in the 3rd quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Could Vikings’ Christian Ponder land with Falcons, Packers, Panthers or Saints?

Although the Minnesota Vikings did not pick up the fifth-year option on quarterback Christian Ponder, they reportedly have not given up on him yet.

However, other reports suggest the Vikings may be intrested in trading Ponder.

With the Vikings nabbing former Louisville Cardinals’ signal-caller Teddy Bridgewater with the last pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft and re-signing veteran Matt Cassel, Ponder could be the odd man out.

Chris Wesseling of believes that Ponder is the most likely player to be traded during the summer.

The Vikings have brought back Matt Cassel, drafted Teddy Bridgewater as the quarterback of the future and declined Ponder’s 2015 option. So why are they prepared to waste first-team reps on a quarterback who has fallen out of their plans? The logical inference is an attempt to rebuild some semblance of trade value. Ponder still offers higher upside than the average NFL backup. Former offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave is now the Eagles quarterbacks coach. Former quarterbacks coach Craig Johnson is now the Giants running backs coach.

Wesseling lists the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints as potential destinations for Ponder. Each team makes sense to some extent. In each case, the team has either had injury problems or could face potential injury problems because of their style of play at the position and in each case, Ponder would make be a pretty good fit in the system because he is a pretty good athlete and get out of the pocket and move when need be.

Ponder, a former Florida State Seminole, was originally selected with the 12th-overall pick in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. In his career, he has completed 610 of 1,013 passes for 6,436 yards with 38 touchdowns and 34 interceptions.

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  • billy

    the only sense it makes is non-sense.

  • KH

    Because the Packers really need another quarterback…they only have Aaron Rodgers, Matt Flynn, Scott Tolzien, and Chase Rettig.

    • Robert Ries

      And he’s probably better than three of them

    • Jerseysmelltours

      I think one of the main problems, any player trying to find another team, runs into, is how/who is going to attach their reputation to him, and bring him in to camp? Packer’s have these guys and they know them( that can work for or against the incumbent player Ponder who has some good running ability and some solid playing reps(except Matt Flynn he’s played and been payed by half the league)so good luck to Ponder. I can see the Vikes try to re-sign Ponder and find a long-term slot for him to maybe develop a game?

  • Randy Smith

    LMFAO!!! Hmmm I’m a Packers fan who clicked my way here. I can honestly say that I was expecting some, you know, NEWS. Didn’t find any for some reason. Thanks for all the laughs though…

    • Don Andrew Halvorson

      You didn’t have to tell us you’re a Packer fan, we can tell from your neck fat. Also, if you read an article titled “NFL Rumors” for “NEWS”, you have some problems to work through.

      • Randy Smith

        Well, I wasn’t looking too hard. But apparently you were, thanks for that. Speaking of embarrassing pics, you should try using one that is actually visible. At least, you should if you’re going to be such a wit about everyone else. I guess I should have hidden myself in the shadows. My fault, really, for using a camera that was built in the last five years

  • Bob

    If the Vikings load of crap defense hadn’t blown 4 of Ponder’s starts with less than a minute to go in the game then maybe Ponder wouldn’t be such a terrible quarterback.

    • Pete Zebich

      Correct, then he’d just be bad.

  • Jerseysmelltours

    Off point: I cannot tell you just how impressed I was with this draft as I was almost assured that they would grab Johnny Football with their early 1st. round pick? To get them to pass on JF and find a way to Bridgewater really made my night(You don’t know who will pan out if anybody, but Brigewater seems to have solid pro-style progression looks, height, and mechanics)? Manziel although a gutsy,balls to the wall, all-out football player 100% and you have to love that. He’s very raw, how coachable is he? He’s short for a conventional pocket QB and would want to use those legs(that in college got him out of trouble and extended plays)in the NFL to escape the pocket and find some line of sight passing lanes(and no doubt get his huge ego and melon-head bell rung)so I guess some sort of limited number of package plays to bring him along to the speed and violence of the league….just don’t call it “Wildcat”)

  • Pete Zebich

    Packers, please take him.