Scramble'11: Christian Ponder's role

ESPN is reporting that all sides have now agreed on the terms of a trade that would send veteran quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Minnesota Vikings. The only hold-up now, according to our news report: "McNabb was concerned Tuesday night about how the Vikings' side of the situation was handled."

I don't know what concerns McNabb has, other than the obvious: He would be the shortest of short-term starters with No. 1 draft pick Christian Ponder also on the roster.

Along those lines, Ponder posted an appropriately conciliatory and competitive message on his Twitter feed Wednesday morning:


And so it begins.

To be clear, the Vikings aren't the only team displaying reluctance to start a rookie quarterback following the lockout. The Tennessee Titans agreed to terms Wednesday with Matt Hasselbeck, relieving some immediate pressure on rookie Jake Locker.

I can't speak for the Titans and their plans for Locker and Hasselbeck. During pre-draft discussion, analysts suggested Locker would benefit from some development. Ponder, on the other hand, was advertised as the most pro-ready quarterback in the draft. McNabb will be looking over his shoulder from the moment he arrives in Minnesota. That's something he will have to accept if this trade is going to happen.