Vikings decide not to pick up 2015 option on Ponder

  • Updated: May 3, 2014 - 10:25 PM
hide

Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder fired a pass against the Bears last season.

Photo: McKenna Ewen, Star Tribune

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

The Vikings did not pick up quarterback Christian Ponder’s fifth-year option, meaning their 2011 first-round pick can become a free agent after the 2014 season.

The option, had it been picked up, would have activated a fifth year of his rookie contract. He would have been scheduled to make $9.686 million in 2015, but that salary only would have been guaranteed for injury.

‘‘The option doesn’t really mean much because they can cut me without anything after this year,” said Ponder on Wednesday, adding that he wasn’t dwelling on his contract status.

The Vikings had to exercise the option, which teams are now given after selecting a first-round pick, before Saturday. The team made the decision Friday.

The team-friendly options were negotiated into the collective bargaining agreement in 2011.

This is the first year teams have had to make these decisions.

Twenty-one of the 32 first-round picks from that year had their options exercised. But not Ponder, the No. 12 pick.

 

MATT VENSEL

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Atlanta 0 Bottom 5th Inning
Philadelphia 0
NY Mets 0 Top 5th Inning
NY Yankees 6
Boston 0 Top 5th Inning
Baltimore 2
Cleveland 3 Top 5th Inning
Detroit 1
Chicago Cubs 2 Bottom 4th Inning
Cincinnati 2
Washington 1 Bottom 5th Inning
Miami 0
Toronto 2 Bottom 5th Inning
Tampa Bay 4
St. Louis 0 Bottom 1st Inning
Milwaukee 0
Kansas City 0 Bottom 1st Inning
Chicago WSox 0
San Francisco - C. Heston 7:40 PM
Colorado - E. Butler
Pittsburgh - G. Cole 8:40 PM
Arizona - J. Collmenter
Houston - D. Keuchel 9:05 PM
Oakland - S. Kazmir
Texas - W. Rodriguez 9:05 PM
LA Angels - G. Richards
Los Angeles - Z. Greinke 9:10 PM
San Diego - A. Cashner
Minnesota - P. Hughes 9:10 PM
Seattle - F. Hernandez
Houston 65 3rd Qtr
Dallas 72
Toronto 25 1st Qtr 5:15
Washington 18
LA Clippers 8:30 PM
San Antonio
Ottawa 2 2nd Prd 11:35
Montreal 0
Pittsburgh 0 2nd Prd 9:36
NY Rangers 1
Minnesota 8:30 PM
St. Louis
New York City 0 1st Half 44:55
Chicago 0
FC Dallas 9:00 PM
Colorado

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How will the Wild-Blues series end?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close