Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder is sacked by Packers defensive end Mike Daniels Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Should the Green Bay Packers be ‘pondering’ a trade for Christian Ponder?


OK, Green Bay Packers fans, laugh as heartily as I did, if you like, but there is recent report that some feel Titletown could be a landing spot for Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder.

However, my opinion is that the idea the Packers would even consider a trade for Ponder is about as straight as one of Ponder’s passes.

Chris Wesseling of NFL.com wrote the report yesterday, listing not only the Packers, but the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, and New Orleans Saints as possible trade partners with the Vikings.

Here is what Wesseling wrote: The Vikings have brought back Matt Cassel, drafted Teddy Bridgewater as the quarterback of the future and declined Ponder’s 2015 option. So why are they prepared to waste first-team reps on a quarterback who has fallen out of their plans? The logical inference is an attempt to rebuild some semblance of trade value. Ponder still offers higher upside than the average NFL backup. Former offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave is now the Eagles quarterbacks coach. Former quarterbacks coach Craig Johnson is now the Giants running backs coach.

I can’t imagine why Ted Thompson, who hardly ever trades in the first place (outside the draft), would even consider such a move. He already has Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien in-house, as well as rookie Chase Rettig, so it just makes no sense for the Packers to go after a QB who has been dismal at best during his first three years in the league.

Expect the Packers to go into training camp with the four quarterbacks listed above.

If the Vikings want to trade Ponder, please don’t call Ted Thompson … he’s got your phone number blocked.

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  • Taryn Miller

    The slightest inclination of a trade for Ponder from Thompson would have many demanding that the doorknob start being turned to open for his departure.

    I cannot think of a player on this roster,including those UDFA’s who haven’t even worn the full uniform as yet,let alone an actual draft pick so low in value,to give the smallest rise to this suggestion as becoming a reality.

  • Nevin Paustian

    Matt Flynn is a better back-up than Ponder. Tolzien has a full year in the system now so he is a better 3rd string QB than Ponder. No reason to give even a 7th rounder up for Ponder.

    • Hunter Watson

      Someone around here thinks it’s April First. Flynn would make a better STARTER than Ponder.

  • PackersHome.com

    Understandable the NFL season is at its low point, but throwing this topic out there is 100% clickbait for your advertisers. C’mon now people, you’re gooder than that!!! Ponder… we should slap ya for even thinking of inking this up!!! :P

  • Mike Brand

    negative ghost rider

  • Clint Ronnenberg

    They would trade him within the conference, but not the division. Never.

    • Kevin

      It isn’t like we’re talking about a good player. We’re talking about a backup that has little value. In this case, the Vikings would trade them to whatever team offered the most.

  • Doboy

    I just returned from fishing and it was hot and I must have spent to much time in the sun and must be hallucinating. Ponder, I better get a cold towel and lay down and check this later!!