Minnesota Vikings Won’t Use Christian Ponder’s Fifth-Year Option

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Christian Ponder is looking to compete for the starting job this offseason (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Christian Ponder is looking to compete for the starting job this offseason (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

The Minnesota Vikings drafted Christian Ponder twelfth overall in the 2011 NFL Draft and will not use the fifth-year option on his contract after the 2014 season, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport and Around the League writer Marc Sessler. The Vikings also have veteran Matt Cassel on their roster so they were not comfortable guaranteeing Ponder $9.6 million for the 2015 season. Christian was only able to win two games in nine starts last year but did post a career best 63.6% completion percentage.

There are rumors that the Vikings are interested in drafting a quarterback (QB) this weekend during the 2014 NFL Draft. If they do indeed draft a QB in the early rounds, then Christian Ponder may find himself third in line on the depth chart. Sessler believes that Ponder will not be with Minnesota for much longer but he could beat out Cassel this offseason to be the starter.  We will have a better idea of what the Minnesota Vikings are thinking after this weekends draft.

Sports-Kings Down and Distance Contributor Kyle Pierce @kylepierce28

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