Ponder isn’t worried about the fifth-year option


The Vikings haven’t — and surely won’t — exercise the fifth-year option on quarterback Christian Ponder’s rookie contract.  It means that he’ll be entering the final year of his rookie deal in 2014.

Ponder said Thursday that he has no concern about the outcome, in part because he understands that the option is largely meaningless.

“Honestly, I’m not thinking about it,” Ponder said, via Ben Goessling of ESPN.com.  “Plus, the option doesn’t really mean much.  They can cut me without anything after this year so it doesn’t matter.”

It matters, however, if Ponder suffers a two-year injury.  The Vikings would owe him $9.6 million for 2015.

Ponder added that, for 2014, he has a “clean slate,” which makes sense since there’s a new coaching staff.  But with Matt Cassel signing a two-year, $10 million deal just before he became a free agent, it became clear that, of the options currently on the roster, Cassel has priority.

Ultimately, Ponder could slide farther down the depth chart if the Vikings draft a quarterback.  Pending developments in the draft both for the Vikings and other teams, there’s also a chance he could slide right out of town via trade.

37 responses to “Ponder isn’t worried about the fifth-year option

  1. This skips the possibility that a competent coaching staff could be what the kid needed, as opposed to “tiny card of bubble screens” Musgrave.

    Just sayin’.

  2. Musgraves index card play book is a testament to his inability to develop a qb. With Norv at the helm Ponder will win the job out of training camp. Zim plays players who play regardless of politics.

  3. A little known poet once wrote… “Notice how the Vikings draft and develop their own talent with an actual successful GM – Rick Spielman.”

    With that in mind, why would they waste a top 10 draft pick (no doubt due to the successful GM) on a QB when you have already drafted and developed a franchise QB in 2011.

    They would never “reach” for a QB would they?

  4. Whether we draft a QB early, or late in the draft, whoever that may be will most definitely not be third string. Ponder is no starter here, but he’s also not a third stringer here either, but he is a serviceable backup. It would be fair to trade him.

    You know Green Bay needs depth at backup QBs..

  5. So pretty much if cassel doesn’t work out ponder will get a chance. If we draft a someone like mettenberger I wonder if that rookie qb would get a shot over ponder. Maybe. Wow I didn’t know we paid cassel 5mil per year! Hes gotta be the guy if we are gonna pay him that much! That just furthermore proves that we will NOT take a qb with the 8th pick. Dangit! I really wanted Manziel… hopefully we can get lucky with a guy in the second or third round like Seattle did! I have faith in this exceptional coaching staff. Great things are to come. New stadium and all. Imagine if we are a super caliber team by the time the new stadium opens and the nfl decides to host the superbowl in the new stadium and we end up playing the superbowl In our own stadium! That would make up for the 4 superbowl losses. Im excited for the new Viking future. SKOL!

  6. I’m all for picking up a QB within the first three rounds and have them all fight it out for the top two spots. New Coaches, new O scheme anyone this summer could emerge as the starter (even Ponder: QBs around the league have bounced around and some have landed in the right system or situation).

    I think it will be a fun draft… especially if T Bridgewater falls to us. If he was #1 on the board, at that position; and If I were calling the shots, I would entertain the strategy to trade back to pick 13, 14, or 15 and draft him there (farther back and Cleveland may jump ahead of us depending what they do earlier).

    Should be a fun draft and we’ll see which QB we take. Hope Norv identifies the next Franchise QB whether this year or next.

  7. Ohh Yes it does, if you were good or remotely any good that will be picked up. However, his response just means that ho-hum, i will accept the status quo.. useless..

  8. “Ponder said he has no concern about the outcome, in part because he understands that the option is largely meaningless.”

    Not to mention because your quarterback play has been meaningless

    Christian Ponder-keeping the Vikings meaningless

  9. CP’s day are numbered. I believe a trade is coming if Speilman can pull it off…it’d be in the best interest of everyone involved IMO

  10. He is lucky to even have a job. Force the issue on a fifth year and the fourth year may end sooner than you would like.

  11. Ah, say it ain’t so. Not less than a year ago, this very web site was full of posts from Viking fans telling us how Ponder lead the team to the post season and his stats were on par with other viable NFL QB’s and his best days were ahead of him.

    Since Viking fans are never wrong, I can only surmise that they were sincere in saying his best days are ahead of him…..bagging groceries at the local Cub store.

  12. I wish Matt Cassel had been on the team in Ponder’s rookie year. If he could have sat and learned behind a competent veteran for a couple seasons, he may have turned out to be okay.

  13. Ted Thompson drafted Brian Brohm to be the starting quarterback because he didn’t have faith in Aaron Rodgers. Brohm was cut after his rookie year. So at least Ponder isn’t that big of a bust.

  14. Someone said Green Bay needs a backup? You should know our backup of 2 weeks outshined any qb on your roster last year with that great 2nd half comeback.

    Also to Mr. Clueless yeah the Packers sent Favre packing to go with Brohm when Rodgers was named the starter even before the draft.

    Keep reaching and wondering if the queens will EVER find a NFL worthy qb. Just look at the leverage a career backup had on that sorry team that he opts out of his contract knowing that the team has no option and fleeces them for 10 million dollars. Spielman I love you!

  15. I wish Matt Cassel had been on the team in Ponder’s rookie year. If he could have sat and learned behind a competent veteran for a couple seasons, he may have turned out to be okay.

    Proof positive the educational system in Minnihaha is woefully behind.

  16. Just cut him already so we can be done with this nightmare..

    The only thing better than hearing Frazier was fired would be to hear that Ponder has been released.

  17. You would think a ponder like quarterback would be able help this team win when you got the best running back on your offense with solid players all around on the offense as well. It makes me believe it was the coaching staff not helping the talent win.

  18. I think he has the ability to be a back up somewhere. For all the grief he gets he has had his moments and is a good guy. No sense in him cutting him now. Predict this is the last Ponder headline until this time next year when he gets picked up by a team that is desperately thin at QB. Clip board on 3, hut hut.

  19. It boggles my mind how many of you defend this waste of a pick. Have you not watched the past three years of his play? It’s been laughably AWFUL. Why can you not see and accept the obvious? Idiots.

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