The 2013 season was one of hope for Minnesota Vikings fans—hope of another playoff run—but three weeks in, cracks began to fissure the organization and rumblings from fans grew louder.
In my last article, I pointed out several scenarios regarding the Vikings' quarterback situation. As it now stands, Matt Cassel will start his second consecutive game. Ponder is listed as questionable, but most people believe that means questionable in terms of remaining a Viking.
So, given the Vikings' current situation, the question is, “What to do with Christian Ponder?”
I have been and will continue to be a fan of Christian Ponder. Never have I seen more vitriol from Vikings fans as I have seen toward Ponder. Fans weren’t this vicious about Brad Childress, and he nearly brought the franchise to its knees. But we are where we are, so the Vikings have a dilemma.
I could spend slide after slide defending why Ponder deserves to at least remain the starter for the remainder of this season, but the current climate in Minnesota would indicate the kid is not wanted.
For all intent and purpose, Ponder seems more like a goner than a remaining a member of the Vikings organization. If the Vikings were to hold on to Ponder and if Cassel were to get injured or fail—and if Freeman was significantly delayed in picking up the offense—it would be hard to go back to a guy so disliked by the fanbase. You can look over every franchise in the last 15 or 20 years and ask, “Has any team gone back to a former starter who was benched?”
So, if Ponder is to be dealt, where are some likely places he could wind up and what could the Vikings get in value for him? Well, let’s find out!