March 15, 2013
In an extended visit last month with Paul Allen and Paul Charchian of KFAN, Vikings G.M. Rick Spielman was unequivocal regarding his position that Christian Ponder is the team's quarterback.
Then again, Spielman also said that the Vikings had "no intent" to trade Percy Harvin.
Amid Spielman's commitment to the guy he picked with the 12th overall selection in the 2011 draft, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that newcomer Matt Cassel will compete with Ponder for the starting job.
Whether that's coming from the Vikings or from Cassel's camp will say plenty about its accuracy, as will the contract the Vikings gave to Cassel. When it comes to quarterbacks, money speaks much more loudly than any of the perfunctory offseason misdirection and smokescreens.
Ponder has had the job only two years. And while Ponder hasn't become a franchise quarterback, Cassel's last two years have been mediocre at best.
The fact that Ponder was drafted in the first year of the new rookie wage scale means that it won't cost much to get rid of him, if/when the Vikings decide to move on.
Still, it seems a little early for Spielman to fold the tents on the guy he hand picked. Especially when Pla B is a guy who has shown flashes of success, but no consistency.