After declining quarterback Christian Ponder’s fifth-year option, rumors began to surface about the possibility that Minnesota would trade the former 12th overall pick. According to NFL.com around the league writer Marc Sessler, general manager Rick Spielman disputed those rumors and reveals he has no plans to trade Ponder. Sessler writes:
“General manager Rick Spielman told reporters Tuesday that the team has no plans to shop the quarterback during this week’s draft.”
” “We wouldn’t trade Ponder,” Spielman said. “… That would leave us one quarterback. I would not do that, we’re gonna need two quarterbacks.” “
Minnesota is expected to draft a quarterback on Thursday night, according to several mock drafts around the league. This even after re-signing veteran QB Matt Cassel to a two-year, $10 million deal. Blake Bortles, is among several names that have been linked to the Vikings at number eight. Bortles, who stands 6’4”, and 230 pounds, fits new offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s prototypical mold for a quarterback.
Ponder has a career QB rating of 77.9, along with a mediocre 38-34 touchdown to interception ratio. Last season may have very well been his last as a starting quarterback in purple and gold.