UPDATE: The Raiders announced Ponder has been signed to a contract.
The Raiders are hosting Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder Friday, according to Fox Sports and the NFL Network.
Ponder, a former first-round draft pick out of Florida State, played three seasons in Minnesota under offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, who now holds that position with the Raiders. ESPN’s Adam Caplan is reporting Ponder is expected to sign a one-year contract.
The Raiders still have Matt Schaub and Matt McGloin on the roster, as well as starter Derek Carr. Schaub currently has a salary of $5.5 million. General manager Reggie McKenzie said at the NFL scouting combine he was reluctant to release Schaub in part because he could still have trade value.
Ponder started 35 games in Minnesota with a 14-21 record. His best season as in 2012, when he helped lead the Vikings to a wild card berth and a 10-6 record. Ponder’s job that season was to avoid turnovers and manage games, with Adrian Peterson rushing for 2,097 yards and winning the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award.
Ponder completed 62.1 percent of his passes that season for 2,935 yards, 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. For his career, Ponder is a 59.8 percent passer with 38 touchdowns and 36 interceptions.
— Tight end Jermaine Grisham, a former first-round draft pick with the Bengals and veteran of 67 starts, visited with the Raiders Wednesday and Thursday but left without a contract.