Minnesota Vikings Rumors: Five Potential Suitors for Christian Ponder

Minnesota Vikings: Five Teams That May Have Interest in Christian Ponder

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The Jacksonville Jaguars looked likely to be stuck with quarterback Blaine Gabbert next season, but they were able to trade him to the San Francisco 49ers for a sixth-round pick last week. That creates some chance the Minnesota Vikings can find a market for Christian Ponder, who was also a first-round pick in 2011 and has had some success as a starter in his career.

Here are five teams who may have interest in acquiring Ponder.

5. Houston Texans

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5. Houston Texans

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The Texans are trying to trade Matt Schaub, and they may use the No. 1 overall pick on a quarterback. But the rest of the depth chart is not impressive (Case Keenum, T.J. Yates), and new head coach Bill O’Brien may have some input in acquiring Ponder with the idea of flipping him to another team down the road.

4. Arizona Cardinals

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4. Arizona Cardinals

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Carson Palmer is 34, and the Cardinals don’t have a definite plan for who will be their quarterback of the future. Ponder would give them a backup with starting experience, and the opportunity to work with head coach Bruce Arians could help him revive his career.

3. Oakland Raiders

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3. Oakland Raiders

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The Raiders have been attached to multiple available quarterbacks to this point, and until they sign someone nothing should be considered out of the question. If the Vikings can find a team to trade for Ponder, the NFL’s resident of the East Bay may be it.

2. Cleveland Browns

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2. Cleveland Browns

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Brian Hoyer is currently the No. 1 quarterback for Cleveland, and even with the strong possibility they use the fourth overall pick on a signal caller Ponder could fit somewhere on their depth chart.

1. St. Louis Rams

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1. St. Louis Rams

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Sam Bradford is working his way back from a torn ACL, and the Rams only have Austin Davis behind him on the depth chart right now. Ponder obviously has some starting experience, and he’d be an instant upgrade as Bradford's backup.


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  • Brian Lietz

    Why in the name of Zues’s butthole would the Vikings get rid of their only backup QB on the roster?! Here’s a great “landing spot” for Ponder…on the Vikings bench backing up Matt Cassel, while a “not-yet-ready-for-the-NFL” rookie QB takes the clipboard at #3 on the depth chart. You know, pretty much like how it’s supposed to work. Duh.