Aug 8, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) against the Oakland Raiders at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Raiders 10-6. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings QB Christian Ponder: 'I'm not asking for a trade'

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After two weeks of the NFL preseason, it’s pretty clear to state that the person under center for the Minnesota Vikings come regular season time will either be veteran Matt Cassel or rookie Teddy Bridgewater. Of course, this leaves former starter Christian Ponder as the odd man out and third on the depth chart, leading people to believe he could demand a trade.

Well as far as a trade goes, Ponder shot that idea down rather quickly on Wednesday.

Although he is receiving limited reps in practice, Ponder clearly told the media that he is happy where he is, despite the setback, and he does not want to go anywhere.

“I’m not asking for a trade,” he said. “I’m learning so much right now. I do feel like it’s beneficial for me to be right here right now. As a competitor, though, you want to be the guy that’s out there playing. But I do feel like in the situation I’m in right now, I am getting better though I’m not playing.”

Of course, given the fact that he’s now working with offensive coordinator Norv Turner, you could see why Ponder would not want to go anywhere. His rookie contract will be up shortly, and until then, he can soak up all of the knowledge from one of the best offensive coordinators in the history of the game, and eventually take that elsewhere, to a place where he could have the chance to be a starting quarterback again.

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