Vikings QB Christian Ponder seemed to indicate that he was open to being traded, but he made it clear on Wednesday that he isn’t asking to dealt.
“I’m not asking for a trade,” he said, per Chris Tomasson. “I’m learning so much right now. I do feel like it’s beneficial for me to be right here right now. As a competitor, though, you want to be the guy that’s out there playing. But I do feel like in the situation I’m in right now, I am getting better though I’m not playing.”
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.
He’ll be an unrestricted free agent next year.