Reports: Vikings decline to pick up Christian Ponder's 5th-year option
Get the 1500 ESPN SportsWire delivered to your inbox daily, and keep up with all the news in Twin Cities Sports
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 year to save roughly $9.7 million the following season. His contract, however, would have become guaranteed if he got injured this season.
For more on Ponder and the 5th-year option process, read Andrew Krammer's post from Friday.