Vikings QB Christian Ponder mentioned that he would welcome a trade out of Minnesota if the opportunity presented itself.
However, it appears unlikely that the Vikings would trade Ponder now that he’s coming off of another poor season.
“There are benefits for me being here,” Ponder told Tom Pelissero of USA TODAY on Wednesday. “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.”
Ponder has been relegated to working with the third-string offense as Matt Cassel and first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater take reps with the first and second-team units.
The idea of the Vikings trading Ponder has come up in previous months, but the team has said that they have no plans to move him.
Ponder, 26, hasn’t come anywhere the type of player the Vikings were hoping he could be when they used the No. 12 overall pick on him back in 2011. He’s entering the final year of his rookie contract and will make $1,760,277 for the 2014 season.