The Vikings have come to terms with rookie quarterback Christian Ponder(notes) on a four-year, $11 million deal . Ponder, the No. 12 selection in the 2011 NFL Draft, is expected to be the Vikings’ quarterback of the future barring any bumps in the road.
Now that a deal is in place, Ponder can report to the Vikings’ training camp as the team ventures into a season full of uncertainty. The Vikings are coming off of a disappointing 6-10 season in 2010 and are looking desperately for an opportunity to get back to their winning ways. A big part of that future success will depend on how Ponder pans out as an NFL quarterback.
Despite the fact that the Vikings traded with the Washington Redskins to acquire veteran quarterback Donovan McNabb(notes), Ponder still has his sights set on earning the starting spot.
“My attitude is that I am going to compete and try to win a starting job,” Ponder said.
The new rookie wage scale has made it insanely easy for teams to sign their rookie draft picks this year. The idea of having Ponder playing at a ‘modest’ salary of just 11 million dollars over 4 years is amazing. The team will have plenty of time to groom him and if his play warrants a larger contract Ponder will be rewarded in as soon as 3 years. It’s exciting to see rookies signed, before you know it the first games of the season will start!