Christian Ponder is open to being traded from the Minnesota Vikings. He knows that getting benched for Matt Castle and then put down another rung on the ladder when Teddy Bridgewater came onto the scene means he will most likely not play there.
But he has a $1.76 million salary and not many people are looking to pick that up.
He told Tom Pelissero of USA Today he understands where he’s at and he can’t control it.
“There are benefits for me being here,” Ponder told USA Today. “I’m learning a lot. It’s less stressful. At the same time, I’ve always got to be ready, because football’s a crazy game. I could play at some point. But it’s an opportunity for me to learn. I do really feel like it’s going to benefit me in the long run.
“If something happens — I get traded, or there’s an opportunity elsewhere to play — I want to play. But this is where I am right now. I can’t control it.”
This doesn’t mean he’s a bad player; or person for that matter.
“For as hard as it’s been for [Ponder], he’s been a true pro’s pro, and I know how difficult that is and the circumstances he’s in right now,” General Manager Rick Spielman said. “But Christian has done everything asked, has really worked his tail off, and I think he should be commended for that, too. Very easily, it could’ve become a distraction, and he’s been nothing but positive with the current circumstance he’s in.”
But who knows? He may get traded, regardless of that fat salary.