Christian Ponder says he'd welcome Donovan McNabb, still wants to play
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But not even the acquisition of a six-time Pro Bowl pick has Ponder ruling out the possibility of spending his first NFL game under center.
"Excited to have McNabb join," the No. 12 overall draft pick posted on Twitter early Wednesday morning. "Will learn a lot from a Pro Bowler. But that doesn't mean I'm not still fighting to start week 1!"
If McNabb agrees to significantly restructure his contract and complete the trade, the expectation would be he'd provide a bridge by starting until Ponder is ready.
As of a little before 8 a.m., McNabb and his agent, Fletcher Smith, had yet to agree to the restructuring, ESPN reported, adding that one sticking point is "how the Vikings' side of the situation was handled."
An NFL source said there was no way the Vikings could take on McNabb's existing contract, which includes a $10 million option bonus if he's on the roster in Week 1 and nearly $15 million in compensation this season.