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Vikes decline QB Ponder's option

Updated: May 3, 2014, 2:25 PM ET
By Ben Goessling | ESPN.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings did not pick up quarterback Christian Ponder's fifth-year option before Saturday's midnight deadline, meaning their 2011 first-round pick will be a free agent after this season.

Ponder's option would have been guaranteed only against injury until the start of the 2015 league year, but the quarterback said on Wednesday that the team hadn't talked to him about picking up the option, which would have paid him $9.686 million in 2015. After three ...

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