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Draft Scout Matt Cassel News
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.
12/23/13 - QB Matt Cassel threw for 382 yards in a 48-30 victory as the Vikings reached their highest point total since 1998 a week ago. Fans and some media members began lamenting what might have been had Cassel only been the starter all season. They also projected him as the permanent starter for 2014.
Sunday, Cassel turned the ball over four times while posting the third-worst passer rating (32.6) of his nine-year career. He completed just 13 passes for 114 yards and was 0-for-8 with a pick-six on third downs. Heck, when it came to third downs, the Vikings didn't gain a yard and turned the ball over twice.
"As good as last week was, then you come in here and it was as bad as it gets," said Cassel, who fell to 2-3 as a starter this year. "We stunk it up here, quite frankly."
12/16/13 - QB Matt Cassel's 382 yards passing was the fourth-highest total in his career and the most since he threw for a career-high 469 while playing for the Chiefs at Denver on Nov. 14, 2010.
12/03/13 - WR Greg Jennings clearly has a better connection with backup quarterback Matt Cassel than starter - or potentially former starter - Christian Ponder. Jennings had one catch for 2 yards with Ponder in the game until a minute left in the first half. With Ponder out with a concussion and Cassel in the game, Jennings had six catches for 76 yards and a touchdown, including three catches for 38 yards in overtime. All three of Jennings' touchdown catches as a Viking have been thrown by Cassel.