Once upon a time there was a dude named Christian Ponder who had had a rough few years with the Vikings. So rough that he would be a free agent after the upcoming season. The Vikings had decided not to have him stick around for a 5th icky year.

“I didn’t expect them too, honestly,” Ponder said Wednesday at Minnesota’s annual charity playground build. “How things went down, the offseason, last year, I expected that it wasn’t going to happen. It was for my benefit. I would like to have that guarantee, but it’s not even a guarantee to stick around, unless I’m injured or whatever. It has my options open after the season. I have leverage to stay here or go somewhere else where there’s a better place for me to play. We’ll see.”

Christian Ponder might still have great season. That would mean the Vikings would want him to stick around, and that would be fine by me. Some people act as if even giving him a chance would be revolting. Are they scared of him being good and him staying? Unless we’re on a winning streak with Bridgewater, I say give him a chance this season. If he’s good its obvious he stays around.

But even Ponder doesn’t think this is a true reality.

“If I play this year, have the chance to play this year, or if I’m somewhere next year, we’ll see. There’s always improvement that I can make and that’s what I’m trying to do right now.”

Tell me something I don’t know.  I think Christian Ponder has finally figured out there is still room for improvement. Those improvements better add up fast because he has only a few months until a new season, and one last chance.

Photo above by Joe Bielawa.

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