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Draft Scout Matt Cassel News
03/04/15 - QB Matt Cassel will be traded to Buffalo from the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for an undisclosed future draft choice.
The Bills will send the Vikings their fifth-round pick in this year's draft in exchange for Minnesota's sixth-round pick, according to multiple reports. The Vikings will also receive a seventh-round pick in 2016.
Cassel appeared in 12 games over the past two seasons in Minnesota, completing 194 of 325 pass attempts for 2,232 yards, 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. The 10-year veteran is expected to compete for the job with EJ Manuel, who will be entering his third season.
Cassel, who will turn 33 in May, was 4-5 with the Vikings. He opened last season as the starter before suffering a season-ending broken foot in Week 3. He is the veteran quarterback the Vikings had been seeking to compete with Manuel, with third-year quarterback Jeff Tuel re-signed to a reserve/future contrct. Buffalo met with veteran Josh McCown, who ultimately signed with the Cleveland Browns.
"Obviously, this league's proven when you've got a great quarterback, it's rare that you don't go to the playoffs with a great quarterback," Bills coach Rex Ryan said at the NFL Scouting Combine last month. "Obviously that's priority, not just for our team but any team in this league. But it's a lot easier said than done. It would be nice to get somebody like that.
"I'm excited about EJ Manuel, though. He's a young man that has some potential. We'll see how that pans out."
Cassel, entering the final year of his contract, is due to count $4.75 million against the 2015 salary cap ($4.15 million in base salary and a $500,000 roster bonus), compared to Manuel at $2.4 million and Tuel at $510,000. Kyle Orton, who retired after last offseason, will count $1.5 million in "dead cap" money. He had been scheduled to count $5.5 million against the cap before retiring.
Cassel's $500,000 roster bonus is due March 16, which prompted the Vikings' decision.
09/24/14 - QB Matt Cassel was hoping to prove this season he deserved to be a full-time NFL starting quarterback again. The offseason went well. Training camp was better. The preseason and the season-opening 34-6 win were beyond outside expectations as Cassel beat out rookie first-round draft pick Teddy Bridgewater and then asserted control of the team.
But then came Weeks 2 and 3. Cassel threw four interceptions in a 30-7 loss to the Patriots and then suffered a season-ending broken foot in a 20-9 loss at New Orleans on Sunday. Wednesday, when he was placed on injured reserve, Cassel said he was "devastated."
"It's disappointing professionally and personally," Cassel said. "You work so hard in the offseason to give yourself an opportunity to go out there and play, and then to have it happen this early in the season — especially with the belief that I have in this team, the thoughts of going on and having a lot of success this year — and for it to happen this early is super devastating to me. At the same time, now all your focus goes into your rehab and getting better and trying to get back on the field."
09/21/14 - QB Matt Cassel struggled against the Saints' pressure, and he was a sitting duck against a defense that struggled in its first two games. Credit Vikings coach Mike Zimmer for honesty not often seen from NFL head coaches. He announced that Cassel broke several bones in his foot and said Cassel would undergo an MRI exam Monday. Cassel could be out for an extended period.
09/17/14 - QB Matt Cassel's touchdown on the opening drive of last week's game gave the Vikings at least one touchdown in 53 consecutive games, which is third most in team history.
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.