Matt Vensel is in his first year at the Star Tribune after covering the Ravens for the Baltimore Sun for six years. He is a Pittsburgh native and a Penn State grad. Follow him at @mattvensel.


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Vikings' Ponder on picking QB in first round: 'It wouldn't surprise me'

Posted by: Master Tesfatsion under Quarterbacks, Vikings, NFL draft, Leslie Frazier, Leslie Frazier Updated: December 30, 2013 - 11:29 AM

Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder isn’t sure what the future holds this offseason and intends to speak to general manager Rick Spielman about the issue.

But it wouldn’t surprise him if the organization selected a quarterback in the first round.

“I think it all depends on what the new head coach wants to do,” said Ponder after the organization announced the firing of Leslie Frazier on Monday. “But it wouldn’t surprise me.

Ponder began the season as the team’s starting quarterback but played just nine games due to inconsistency and injuries. The 12th overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft intends to prepare this offseason as a starter either in Minnesota or with another team.

“This is what I’m familiar with. These guys my teammates, the ones I have a relationship and this is where I’d like to continue to be. But ultimately I want a shot to be a starter. So if that’s not here then I’ll have to find somewhere else.

Ponder, 25, wouldn’t be surprised if the organization brought him back along with Matt Cassel for competition purposes that would benefit both quarterbacks. If that was the case, he’d expect the front office to stick with one quarterback unlike this season.

“Matt’s done well and obviously he’s been the starter the past few weeks, and he’ll probably be named the starter going into the offseason if he opts in or they opt in,” Ponder said. “We’ll see. I think it could be a good competition. We have a good relationship. I think it could work out well.”

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