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Matt Cassel | Quarterback

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/17/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 228
College: USC
Contract: view contract details

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SI's Peter King says the Vikings won't draft a quarterback at No. 8 overall.
King says the Vikings don't want to gamble with their first pick. "That's a big reason why we made it a high priority to sign Matt Cassel back," GM Rick Spielman said. "Every one of these quarterbacks … nothing is a sure thing. There's no Andrew Luck, no Peyton Manning." The Vikings know Cassel isn't the long-term answer, so they're still going to explore the quarterback market on Day 2 or 3. It's a gun-shy strategy many teams appear ready to take. Apr 21 - 9:20 AM

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Vikings re-signed QB Matt Cassel to a two-year, $10 million contract.

Cassel will enter 2014 as the favorite to start over Christian Ponder after throwing for 1,807 yards, 11 touchdowns, and completing 60.2 percent of his passes in nine games last season. The signing provides the Vikings with a "bridge" quarterback for a rookie signal caller. Now entering his age-32 season, Cassel has established himself as a poor NFL starter but one of the best backups in the league. His re-signing won't please Adrian Peterson, however, who had been loudly campaigning for GM Rick Spielman to sign Michael Vick.
Mar 7 - 8:06 PM

New Vikings coach Mike Zimmer would "love" to re-sign free agent Matt Cassel, but is unsure if he'll be back.

Cassel would easily sit atop the Vikings' current depth chart, so it's not a surprise. The team would have little to gain by overpaying a 31-year-old backup talent, however. With the quarterback market embarrassingly thin, someone is probably going to pay Cassel too much money as a bridge/No. 2 signal caller.
Mar 6 - 2:49 PM

The Houston Chronicle would be "stunned" if the Texans signed free agent Matt Cassel.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora "anticipate(s)" that Cassel is Houston-bound, but reporter John McClain is much closer to the situation. McClain does believe the Texans could sign two veteran backups to mentor a potential first-rounder, so it's not as if Cassel doesn't make sense on paper. Cassel will be in demand as a capable backup.
Mar 6 - 1:26 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora "anticipate(s)" that the Texans will sign free agent Matt Cassel.

The dots connect, as new Texans coach Bill O'Brien was on New England's staff during Cassel's "breakout" 2008 season, and Houston could use a veteran bridge QB if it's to draft Blake Bortles, as expected. Bortles isn't ready to start in the NFL. Cassel already has a general understanding of O'Brien's offense.
Mar 5 - 10:47 PM

The Vikings will meet with the player rep for free agent QB Matt Cassel Thursday.

Cassel left $3.7 million on the table when he opted out of his deal with the Vikings, so we know he's expecting to earn more than that. The Vikes are a legit candidate to pay him, as GM Rick Spielman stated Thursday that he's interested. Adrian Peterson has also thrown his support behind Cassel, saying he hopes Spielman passes on a rookie and just rides with Cassel. He's our No. 3 free agent quarterback available, behind only Michael Vick and Josh McCown.
Feb 20 - 10:54 AM

A source tells that Matt Cassel intends to void his contract by Friday's deadline, therefore becoming an unrestricted free agent.

Cassel was set to earn $3.7 million in 2014. His decision to leave that kind of money on the table is surprising, and suggests he thinks he can land starter's money somewhere. That somewhere could end up being back in Minnesota, perhaps as a bridge starter to a rookie they select with the No. 8 overall pick in May's draft. Once Cassel officially becomes a free agent, he'll immediately vault into the top part of our rankings. Michael Vick, Josh McCown, Josh Freeman, Shaun Hill and Chad Henne currently occupy the first five spots in an ugly quarterback free agency class.
Feb 5 - 9:30 AM

Matt Cassel has until Friday to void his contract and become an unrestricted free agent.

We'd be surprised if Cassel pulled the trigger here. His total compensation for 2014 is $3.7 million ($3.15 million base, $500K roster bonus, $50K workout bonus) and he has a chance to be the Vikings' starter in Week 1. Cassel would be unlikely to find a better spot or more money on the open market. Meanwhile, the Vikings have until the seventh day of the new league year (March 18) to decide whether to pay Cassel that $500K roster bonus or dump him.
Feb 3 - 12:18 PM

Matt Cassel can void the final year of his Vikings contract in February.

Cassel's 2014 salary is scheduled at $3.15 million, but he has a player option that would allow Cassel to test free agency. Cassel probably wouldn't get much more than that on the market, and Minnesota gives him his best chance to start games in 2014. We suspect he'll return, though that's far from certain.
Source: USA Today
Tue, Dec 31, 2013 07:29:00 PM

Matt Cassel completed 20-of-33 throws for 189 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Vikings' Week 17 win over the Lions.

Cassel wound up playing the best 2013 football among Minnesota's three-headed quarterback carousel that also involved Josh Freeman and Christian Ponder, although that obviously isn't saying much. The 31-year-old journeyman finished with an 11:9 TD-to-INT ratio across nine appearances with six starts. Cassel is owed a $3.15 million base salary with a player option for 2014. The Vikings need to rethink their entire quarterback depth chart, and very likely will. Cassel would be best served returning as a backup.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 04:06:00 PM

Coach Leslie Frazier confirmed Monday that Matt Cassel will start in Week 17 against the Lions.

"With one game left and having a chance to watch Matt play again, we made the decision and that’s probably the way we’ll go," said Frazier. Despite Sunday's four-turnover meltdown at Cincinnati, Cassel has been the Vikings' best quarterback this year. That, of course, is not saying much. Christian Ponder will back up Cassel against Detroit, with Josh Freeman inactive yet again.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 03:01:00 PM

Matt Cassel completed 13-of-27 passes for 114 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in the Vikings' Week 16 loss to Cincinnati.

Cassel all in all committed four turnovers, also losing a fumble on a first-quarter strip sack. Cassel is capable of decent short-term performance when all the elements around him are clicking right, but he's highly prone to going in the tank whenever something is off. The Vikings played with a huge deficit for much of Sunday's game. Cassel has likely still earned Minnesota's starting job entering Week 17 against the Lions.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 05:16:00 PM

Matt Cassel will start for the Vikings in Week 16.

It's a no-brainer move for coach Leslie Frazier, whose job is under attack. Cassel has consistently moved the offense over the last three games, going 63-of-106 (59.4 percent) for 890 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. Most importantly, the Vikings are 2-1 during this stretch, with their only loss coming narrowly at Baltimore in Week 14. Cassel will be a desperation QB2 at Cincinnati in Week 16.
Mon, Dec 16, 2013 07:44:00 AM

Matt Cassel completed 26-of-35 passes for 382 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's Week 15 win over the Eagles.

Cassel also added a 6-yard touchdown run as he absolutely shredded an Eagles secondary that took a major step backward. And once again, he did it by featuring Greg Jennings (11/163/1) -- something Christian Ponder hadn't been able to do all year. The hot Cassel has certainly earned another start in Week 16 and increased his trade value, but the matchup (at Cincy) is not right. He'll be a desperation QB2 only.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 04:47:00 PM

Matt Cassel will start Sunday's game against the Eagles.

Christian Ponder (concussion) has been cleared, but he won't get his job back. The Vikings will instead stick with Cassel, who has gone 37-of-71 (52.1 percent) for 508 yards with three touchdowns and one interception over the last two weeks -- an overtime win against the Bears and a brutal late loss at Baltimore. Cassel isn't a fantasy option himself, but he improves the outlooks of Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson. Ponder was inept at getting that duo the ball.
Wed, Dec 11, 2013 12:39:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matt Cassel
2Christian Ponder
RB1Adrian Peterson
2Matt Asiata
3Zach Line
4Joe Banyard
5Bradley Randle
GLB1Adrian Peterson
2Matt Asiata
3RB1Adrian Peterson
2Matt Asiata
FB1Jerome Felton
WR11Greg Jennings
2Jarius Wright
3Lestar Jean
4Kamar Jorden
WR21Cordarrelle Patterson
2Jerome Simpson
3Rodney Smith
4Adam Thielen
WR31Jerome Simpson
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2Rhett Ellison
3Chase Ford
4Allen Reisner
K1Blair Walsh