There was no indication Friday night that Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder had his 2015 option picked up.

The team had until 11 p.m. to pick up the fifth-year option on Ponder's contract but had made no announcement on his status.

Teams picking up options on 2011 first-round picks have been announcing them, though it was unlikely the Vikings would pick up Ponder's, which would have paid him $9.686 million in 2015, well over the base salary of $1.76 million he's due this season.

Fifth-year options on players from the 2011 first round are guaranteed only in the event of injury. Otherwise, a player who gets such an option could be cut by next March with the team having no further obligation.

"I'm not thinking about it, plus the option doesn't really mean much if they can cut me without anything after this year,'' Ponder said Wednesday.