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

Cleveland 6:00 PM
Indiana
Washington 6:00 PM
Philadelphia
Golden State 6:30 PM
Toronto
New York 6:30 PM
Detroit
Orlando 6:30 PM
Atlanta
Charlotte 6:30 PM
Boston
LA Clippers 7:00 PM
Memphis
Brooklyn 7:00 PM
Houston
Miami 7:00 PM
New Orleans
Minnesota 7:00 PM
Chicago
Utah 8:00 PM
Denver
San Antonio 9:00 PM
Sacramento
Milwaukee 9:30 PM
LA Lakers
Oklahoma City 9:30 PM
Portland
Boston 6:00 PM
New Jersey
Calgary 6:00 PM
NY Islanders
Washington 6:00 PM
Carolina
Chicago 6:30 PM
Tampa Bay
Colorado 7:30 PM
Dallas
Los Angeles 9:00 PM
Anaheim
Siena 10 1st Half 9:53
Quinnipiac 19
Harvard 5:30 PM
Cornell
Penn 6:00 PM
Brown
Fairfield 6:00 PM
Canisius
Manhattan 6:00 PM
Iona
Saint Peters 6:00 PM
Marist
Princeton 6:00 PM
Yale
Ohio 7:00 PM
Akron
Dartmouth 7:00 PM
Columbia
Valparaiso 9:00 PM
Cleveland State
Louisiana Tech 75 FINAL
Texas-El Paso 88
Seton Hall 6:00 PM
Xavier
Cornell 6:00 PM
Harvard
Yale 6:00 PM
(14) Princeton
Elon 6:00 PM
Drexel
Northeastern 6:00 PM
James Madison
St Johns 6:00 PM
Butler
Creighton 6:00 PM
Georgetown
Brown 6:00 PM
Penn
Columbia 6:00 PM
Dartmouth
Canisius 6:00 PM
Siena
St Josephs Brooklyn 6:00 PM
NJIT
Western Carolina 6:00 PM
UNC Greensboro
Colorado 7:00 PM
Arizona
Southern Ill 7:00 PM
Bradley
Drake 7:00 PM
Wichita State
Indiana State 7:00 PM
Evansville
Illinois State 7:05 PM
Loyola-Chicago
Northern Iowa 7:05 PM
Missouri State
Utah 7:30 PM
(10) Arizona State
Providence 7:30 PM
Villanova

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: With Adrian Peterson's suspension overturned, what should the Vikings do?

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