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Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder wants to play, open to trade

Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder wants to play, open to trade Photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder is open to a trade, USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports.

After the Vikings drafted Teddy Bridgewater and re-signed Matt Cassel, Ponder has been relegated to third-string duties during training camp. The 26-year-old was drafted out of Florida State by Minnesota with the No. 12 pick in 2011.

More: Matt Cassel to start second preseason game

He has started 35 games for the Vikings during his career, but lost the starting job to Cassel last season.

"If something happens — I get traded, or there's an opportunity elsewhere to play — I want to play. But this is where I am right now. I can't control it."

In nine games last season, Ponder passed for 1,648 yards, seven touchdowns and nine interceptions.

More: Minnesota Vikings preseason schedule, TV coverage

- Paul Palladino

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