Matt Cassel is re-signing with the #Vikings, per source.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2014
The deal will keep Cassel around for the next two seasons:
It’s a two-year deal for Matt Cassel and the #Vikings, source says.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2014
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports provides financial details:
Matt Cassel's deal with the Vikings is worth $10M for 2 years from what I'm hearing. Houston was a possible landing spot had he not re-upped— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 8, 2014
The Vikings confirmed the deal on Tuesday via their Twitter account:
The 31-year-old signal-caller signed a one-year deal with the Vikings in March 2013 and was a backup heading into the 2013 regular season. He wound up appearing in nine games as Christian Ponder and Josh Freeman struggled to lead the offense.
Cassel completed slightly more than 60 percent of his passes for 1,807 yards, 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions. However, in the six games Cassel started, the Vikings went 3-3. That's significant considering Minnesota finished the year 5-10-1.
On Thursday, first-year Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer made it clear that the team wanted Cassel back in 2014, per Pioneer Press' Chris Tomasson:
I would love to have Matt Cassel back if Matt Cassel wants to be back. I don't know if that will happen or won't happen. But we're going to find a quarterback somewhere ... If Matt wants to come back, I'm sure that we'll get it worked out.
As Fox Sports insider Mike Garafolo points out, running back Adrian Peterson is sure to be disappointed by the signing after he recently lobbied for the Vikings to bring in Michael Vick:
On Wednesday night, Peterson tweeted that Vick would propel Minnesota to the next level:
@MikeVick would intently make the vikings a playoff team!— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) March 6, 2014
The move could also impact what the Houston Texans do with the No. 1 overall pick in May's 2014 NFL draft as well, per Bleacher Report NFL draft analyst Matt Miller:
Matt Cassel re-signing with #Vikings changes a lot of narratives about him, the Texans and Jadeveon Clowney.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) March 8, 2014
While Cassel's numbers didn't wow anyone last season, his experience and ability to read a defense make him an attractive choice under center. Plus, with an entire offseason to prepare as the starter for the Vikings, Cassel is sure to be much improved in 2014.
Although Week 1 of the regular season is still months away, it would appear that the 10th-year quarterback is in the driver's seat to win the starting job based on his new deal and strong finish to 2013.
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