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Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman told ESPN's Ben Goessling that Christian Ponder isn't going anywhere this offseason. That doesn't mean Jerry Jones shouldn't still give Spielman a call, though.
Ponder hasn't been what Minnesota hoped he would be so far, but he hasn't been Brandon Weeden bad. He threw for almost 3,000 yards and posted 18 touchdowns as recently as 2012. There is still plenty of reasons to believe Ponder can be a decent NFL starting quarterback.
Sure, he'll never be a Tom Brady or even a Tony Romo-like player in all likelihood. That being said, it would be hard to find anyone who thought Ponder would be coming out of college.
Dallas doesn't need to make any move to grab him away from the Vikes this offseason, but Ponder is certainly worth inquiring about.
If the Cowboys brass can find a way to get a feel on just how likely No. 7 will be in Minnesota after next season, it would help draft-wise. Who knows, maybe Jones could even talk Spielman into a trade this offseason.
Jason Garrett, Jerry Jones and the rest need to start thinking about who they want to groom to be Romo's replacement when he retires. The franchise quarterback will be 34 years old next season and had two back surgeries last year.
It's not very likely that the Cowboys will be drafting a quarterback in the first round of this draft. Ponder is arguably just as good as any QB projected to go in the remaining rounds.
If Dallas could obtain him in a reasonable trade either this or next offseason, Ponder would be worth trying to groom for the post-Romo Cowboys.