General manager Rick Spielman told reporters Tuesday that the team has no plans to shop the quarterback during this week's draft.
"We wouldn't trade Ponder," Spielman said. "... That would leave us one quarterback. I would not do that, we're gonna need two quarterbacks."
Spielman also told the room that bypassing Ponder's option was more about leaving "all our options going forward, especially financially going into next year."
If Minnesota goes in that direction with the eighth overall pick Thursday night, it might be Ponder asking for the trade.