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Matt Cassel | Quarterback

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (32) / 5/17/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 228
College: USC
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The Bills are giving all three of their quarterbacks equal reps at their voluntary minicamp this week.
Rex Ryan has problems at the quarterback position and he knows it. We'd consider Matt Cassel the favorite, with E.J. Manuel and Tyrod Taylor also in the mix. Don't expect a starter to get named until deep into training camp. Apr 28 - 12:43 PM
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The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci reports the Bills are looking to extend Matt Cassel's contract to make it "cap friendlier."

Going into the final year of his deal, Cassel is currently due $4.75 million between salary and bonuses. Kicking the can down the road on a 33-year-old (in May) backup talent doesn't seem like the most prudent cap strategy, but the Bills continue to be ultra-aggressive as they claw for relevance in the AFC East.
Mar 24 - 7:10 PM

WGR 550 Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia expects Matt Cassel to be the Bills' Week 1 starter.

Buscaglia admits it's just a "gut" feeling, but we would project this as well. Unless E.J. Manuel suddenly becomes a confident pocket player and accurate thrower, Cassel will be the Bills' best option. With Cassel, new OC Greg Roman may hope to recreate the success he had in San Francisco with game manager Alex Smith. The Bills will be able to "protect" their quarterback with a high-volume run game and one of the NFL's premier defenses.
Mar 11 - 11:14 PM

Bills acquired QB Matt Cassel and a 2015 sixth-round pick from the Vikings in exchange for a 2015 fifth-round pick and 2016 seventh-round pick.

After swinging a blockbuster deal for LeSean McCoy on Tuesday, GM Doug Whaley is back at it again Wednesday. After losing out to the Browns for Josh McCown, the Bills turned their attention to the trade market. It's basically a salary dump by the Vikings, who save $4.75 million against the cap and further clear the quarterback room for Teddy Bridgewater. Cassel, 33 in May, appeared in 12 games (nine starts) for Minnesota the past two seasons, composing a 4-5 record with a 14:13 TD:INT ratio and 6.9 YPA average. He's nothing more than a game manager who will compete with E.J. Manuel for the starting job.
Mar 4 - 12:36 PM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman hinted Matt Cassel would return as Teddy Bridgewater's backup in 2015.

Cassel is owed $4.75 million, a number that includes a $500K roster bonus due March 17. It sounds like the Vikings are willing to pick up that tab. "Matt's done a great job," Spielman said. "He came in and won some games when he had to play and he’s a great locker room guy. Matt adds a lot of value to us."
Feb 20 - 8:25 AM

Matt Cassel has a $500,000 roster bonus due on March 17.

Cassel is slated to make $4.15 million in 2015. His contract is reasonable for a top backup, but the Vikings could avoid paying any further guaranteed money by cutting him. Cassel is four months removed from Lisfranc surgery and questionable to be ready for OTAs.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 30 - 4:57 PM

Matt Cassel will undergo surgery to repair his broken foot on Friday.

Cassel was placed on I.R. earlier this week, so his season is already over. He broke "several bones" while getting tackled on a quarterback keeper against the Saints. It's believed Cassel is dealing with a severe Lisfranc injury. He's signed through 2015, and could be back as a serviceable No. 2 to Teddy Bridgewater.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 11:16:00 AM

Vikings placed QB Matt Cassel on injured reserve with a broken foot, ending his season.

Cassel broke "several bones" in his foot in last week's loss to the Saints. He's likely dealing with a severe Lisfranc injury. Cassel had a fine preseason and Week 1 against the Rams, but struggled badly the past two starts. The Teddy Bridgewater chants were ringing through TCF Bank Stadium in Week 2, and now the 32nd pick in May's draft will get his shot. It's Bridgewater's team for the foreseeable future. He's a low-end QB2 until we see him put it together. Christian Ponder is the No. 2. Cassel is signed through 2015.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 09:52:00 AM

Matt Cassel fractured several bones in his foot during Sunday's Week 3 loss at New Orleans and is out indefinitely.

We don't have a timetable yet, but players can't gut it out through broken bones in their feet. This is rookie Teddy Bridgewater's team now, a good thing for the entire Vikings offense. Bridgewater went 12-of-20 for 150 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions and also rushed six times for 27 yards in relief Sunday.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 04:11:00 PM

Matt Cassel was forced from Minnesota's Week 3 game against the Saints with a left toe injury, and will not return.

First-round rookie Teddy Bridgewater is now in the game at quarterback. Cassel limped off the field after getting dragged down on a second-quarter scramble. He spent some time on the trainer's table before being carted to the locker room. He underwent X-rays, and was officially ruled out about 20 minutes later. Although he had yet to be sacked, Cassel was getting harassed before going down. He finishes 5-of-10 passing for 53 yards.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 01:47:00 PM

Matt Cassel completed 19-of-36 passes for 202 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions against the Patriots Week 2.

Cassel started the game 4-for-4 with a touchdown, but imploded after the first drive, leading to chants of "Teddy" after the third interception. All of the interceptions were poor decisions by Cassel, but he was partly forced into those decisions because of the Vikings complete inability to run the football. With a trip to the Superdome next up on the schedule, Minnesota will likely let Cassel start at least one more game, but his leash became considerably shorter on Sunday.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 04:41:00 PM

Matt Cassel completed 17-of-25 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings' Week 1, 34-6 throttling of the Rams.

Cassel couldn't have managed OC Norv Turner's offense much better, as he finished with a 113.8 passer rating and acceptable 6.8 YPA. He got the ball out of his hand quickly and took just one sack against the Rams' fearsome front-four. Cassel hooked up with Greg Jennings for an eight-yard score just before the half, and then found Kyle Rudolph for a seven-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Vikings and Cassel host the Patriots in Week 2. He's a back-end QB2.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 04:40:00 PM

The Vikings will start Matt Cassel Week 1, according to FOX's Jay Glazer.

Cassel started all three preseason games, looking sharp while going 26-of-39 (66.6 percent) for 367 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Teddy Bridgewater was also solid in his three appearances, going 26-of-40 for 266 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. The close battle predictably goes to the veteran, as Cassel was always expected to be a bridge while the first-round rookie develops a little bit. Cassel, a low-end QB2 for now with a dash of upside thanks to Norv Turner's vertical scheme, will not have a long leash.
Mon, Aug 25, 2014 09:43:00 AM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is not yet ready to name a Week 1 starting quarterback.

The Vikings gave Matt Cassel the starting treatment in Saturday night's third preseason game, letting him command the first-team offense into the third quarter. Zimmer stated both Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater did "well" against the Chiefs, and has never given a timetable to name his first-string signal caller. We fully expect Cassel to get the Week 1 nod, but his leash will not be long.
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 01:08:00 PM

Matt Cassel completed 9-of-17 passes for 152 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in Saturday night's third preseason game at Kansas City.

He scrambled once for four yards. Playing into the third quarter -- a sure sign he's won Minnesota's starting quarterback job -- Cassel opened the game with a 53-yard touchdown to Cordarrelle Patterson off play-action, before his play began to deteriorate. Cassel is 26-of-39 passing for 367 yards and a 2:1 TD-to-INT ratio in the exhibition season. He will start Week 1, but will be on a short leash. Teddy Bridgewater has four touchdowns and no picks in August.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 11:18:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matt Cassel
2E.J. Manuel
3Tyrod Taylor
4Jeff Tuel
RB1LeSean McCoy
2Fred Jackson
3Anthony Dixon
4Bryce Brown
5Karlos Williams
GLB1LeSean McCoy
2Fred Jackson
3RB1LeSean McCoy
2Fred Jackson
FB1Jerome Felton
WR11Sammy Watkins
2Marquise Goodwin
3Marcus Easley
4Dezmin Lewis
5Marcus Thigpen
WR21Percy Harvin
2Robert Woods
3Chris Hogan
4Deonte Thompson
5Justin Brown
WR31Robert Woods
TE1Charles Clay
2Chris Gragg
3MarQueis Gray
4Nick O'Leary
5Chris Manhertz
K1Dan Carpenter
2Jordan Gay