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Draft Scout Matt Cassel News
09/14/14 - QB Matt Cassell finished 19-for-36 passing for 202 yards and one touchdown with four interceptions. It was the first time Cassel has thrown four picks in a game since Week 13 of the 2009 season, when Cassel played for the Kansas City Chiefs.
09/07/14 - QB Matt Cassel was very efficient, completing 17 of 25 passes for 170 yards and a pair of TDs. Getting help from schemes which emphasized maximum protection against the Rams' ferocious pass rush, Cassel was sacked just once. That version of Cassel, who finished with a 113.8 QB rating, is one the Vikings can win with if their defense plays like it did Sunday.
08/18/14 - QB Matt Cassel will start the third preseason game on Saturday at Kansas City. He started the first two games and has a firm grip on the starting job. But coach Mike Zimmer says he's waiting until a specific later date - one he won't reveal - before making his choice of starting quarterback public.
03/07/14 - QB Matt Cassel is staying in Minnesota.
The veteran quarterback reached agreement on a two-year, $10 million contract to remain with the Vikings, according to multiple reports.
On Feb. 7, Cassel opted out of the second year of his two-year deal with the Vikings, exercising a clause that allowed him to void the contract within five days of the Super Bowl. But the two sides expressed mutual interest in keeping him in Minnesota and worked out an agreement before he became a free agent Tuesday.
Cassel came to Minnesota last season from the Kansas City Chiefs to be a backup to Vikings starter Christian Ponder. But he took over the job in September after Ponder was injured during a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in London.
The 31-year-old Cassel started six games and played in nine last season, leading the Vikings in passing yards with 1,807 and throwing for 11 touchdowns with nine interceptions despite playing in three fewer games than Ponder. Cassel's best performance was a 382-yard passing day in a win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Dec. 15.
The Vikings used Cassel, Ponder and Josh Freeman, acquired during the 2013 season from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as starters last year. The team struggled to a 5-10-1 record but was 3-3 with Cassel as the starter. He also came off the bench to help the Vikings to two other victories.
Under the terms of the previous contract, Cassel was due to make $3.7 million with the Vikings in 2014.
The Vikings how have two quarterbacks under contract for next season with Cassel and Ponder and could add a third through the draft or free agency.
02/20/14 - QB Matt Cassel has exercised his right to opt out of the final year of his two-year deal he signed with the Vikings last year. With his decision to void the final year of his contract, Cassel will become a free agent on March 11.
Cassel was due to earn $3.7 million with the Vikings next year. Now he will take his chances in the free-agent market.
Cassel played in nine games for the Vikings last year, including six starts. The Vikings were 3-3 in games he started, but Cassel came off the bench to help Minnesota win two other games.