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Past failures drafting QBs haven’t scared Spielman from trying again

By apnews@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman is well aware of the biggest shortcoming on his resume to this point.

Whether it was in Miami or Minnesota, Spielman has not been able to find a franchise quarterback and that remains the Vikings’ biggest need heading into this […]

Fielding trade ‘feelers,’ Vikings lead detailed approach to NFL draft

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman understands the weight his selections carry when the NFL Draft kicks off on Thursday.

He takes responsibility for whiffing on Christian Ponder in 2011; was quoted as calling the same process in 2014 ‘torturous’ and now spends chunks of his days […]

Spielman Not Afraid To Take QB In 1st Round Again

By sdswanson

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman says he can’t afford to let his spotty history when it comes to quarterbacks deter him from taking one in the first round this year if he believes the right player is available.

Spielman addressed the media on Tuesday, two days […]

Vikings GM Rick Spielman says he won’t trade Christian Ponder

By dwetmore@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings will not trade Christian Ponder.

That’s what Vikings GM Rick Spielman said Tuesday at Winter Park, anyway.

It’s likely that NFL personnel people have employed smokescreens for quite some time, but for what it’s worth, Spielman was quick to dismiss the notion Tuesday that the Vikings […]

Spielman says he’s had no ‘specific talks’ with Rams about Bradford

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings aren’t shopping Christian Ponder and general manager Rick Spielman wants to be clear that he’s had no ‘specific talks’ with the St. Louis Rams about acquiring Sam Bradford.

There are a few reasons to avoid such a deal, Bradford’s current contract ($17.6M in 2014, […]

Christian Ponder belongs on list of top-6 QB busts of past decade

By apnews@1500espn.com

Ryan Leaf or Peyton Manning? That was the drama at the top of the 1998 NFL draft, with two seemingly elite quarterbacks in play.

Fortunately for Indianapolis, Manning was the pick, and the Colts eventually won a Super Bowl with him at the helm. Infamously for San Diego, Leaf didn’t have the […]

Reports: Vikings decline to pick up Christian Ponder’s 5th-year option

By dwetmore@1500espn.com

The Vikings declined to pick up the fifth-year option on Christian Ponder’s contract, according to reports from ESPN and the Star Tribune.

Ponder will become a free agent at the end of the season.

If the team had decided to pick up his option, it still could have cut him following the […]

Vikings not exercising fifth-year option on Christian Ponder

By Mike Wilkening

The Vikings appear poised to let Christian Ponder play out the final year of his contract in 2014. According to multiple published reports, the Vikings will not exercise their fifth-year option on Ponder, their No. 1 pick in 2011. PFT’s Mike Florio has confirmed Minnesota will not pick up Ponder’s option. […]

2011 NFL Draft serves as warning to QB-needy teams

By Sessler, Marc Quarterbacks Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder all underwhelmed in the years after their selections in the 2011 NFL Draft. Should they serve as a warning for QB-hungry teams this Thursday?

Source: National Football League

Report: Vikings don’t pick up Ponder’s option

By Sessler, Marc The Minnesota Vikings are prepared to move on from the Christian Ponder Experiment, reportedly choosing not to pick up the quarterback’s fifth-year option.

Source: National Football League