# What would an exponential reduction from NP-Complete problem to P signify?

Taking a NP-Complete problem like vertex cover if we can find a reduction which is exponential and not polynomial and the reduction we do to a problem can be solved in Polynomial time, then what would be it's implications

Edit: Based on Yuval's answer, I wanted to throw this scenario into the place also.

IF we have a P problem which we can reduce in polynomial time to an NP-Complete problem for e.g vertex cover? what happens then

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There would be no implications, and indeed I will now exhibit just such a reduction. The reduction takes an instance of vertex cover, finds the optimal value (in exponential time), and then reduces it to the language $\{0\} \in P$ (the language consisting of the single string $0$), by outputting $0$ if there is a vertex cover below the required threshold, $1$ otherwise.