With the likely completion of a deal that would send Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Minnesota Vikings, it would appear that Minnesota intend to start McNabb under center for the upcoming season and groom first-round pick Christian Ponder to start in 2012 and beyond.
Somebody should probably tell that to Christian Ponder.
The incoming rookie out of Florida State sent out the following tweet upon hearing the news that his team was close to acquiring McNabb:
"Excited to have McNabb join. Will learn a lot from a Pro Bowler. But that doesn't mean I'm not still fighting to start week 1!"
Regardless of which quarterback ends up winning the battle to start Week 1, this looks like a smart move for the Vikings. Having already drafted Ponder, who they think will be their quarterback of the future, Minnesota now has a veteran who can still perform and has much to teach the youngster.