Christian Ponder has found a new team and the Vikings will see him in 2015.
According to a league source, Ponder completed a deal with the Raiders today for a one-year contract there. The offensive coordinator there is Bill Musgrave, his former OC here in Minnesota.
The Raiders have a young starting quarterback in Derek Carr, who was drafted four picks after Teddy Bridgewater last spring, and backups Matt Schaub and Matt McGloin on the roster. Schaub, however, may be deemed expendable if Ponder does indeed sign with the Raiders.
The Vikings had no interest in Ponder, their first-round draft pick in 2011, returning as a backup to Bridgewater this season. And honestly, a change of scenery will probably be a good thing for him.
The 27-year-old was 14-21-1 as a starter with the Vikings. During his four years here, he completed 59.8 percent of his passes for 6,658 yards and 38 touchdowns. But he threw 36 interceptions and lost 11 fumbles.
Ponder started the 2014 season as the third-string quarterback, but due to injuries to Matt Cassel and Bridgewater, he started in a blowout loss to the Packers in Week 5. He threw two interceptions, including a pick-six, in the second quarter and the game was all but over at halftime.
Still, Ponder, despite that disappointing performance in his only start last season, was able to find a new home with the Raiders, who are on the Vikings’ 2015 regular-season schedule.