Matt Cassel, Titans Agree to Terms on New Contract

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 2, 2017

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 11:  Matt Cassel #16 of the Tennessee Titans warming up before a game against the Denver Broncos at Nissan Stadium on December 11, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Titans defeated the Broncos 13-10.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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The Tennessee Titans prevented quarterback Matt Cassel from hitting the open market by signing him to a two-year contract Thursday.

The team announced the return of the 34-year-old veteran, and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the deal is worth $5.25 million, including $2.75 million in 2017.

Tennessee signed Cassel last offseason to serve as Marcus Mariota's backup, which is a role he is now poised to maintain for the next two years.

After Mariota suffered a leg injury in the Titans' second-to-last game of the season, Cassel started in Week 17.

He threw for 150 yards, one touchdown and one interception in a winning effort against the Houston Texans.

Mariota underwent surgery to repair his fractured right fibula in December and was expected to need four-to-five months of recovery time.

That means he should be ready for the 2017 season with plenty of time to spare, but Cassel provides some insurance.

The former USC standout has 80 career starts to his credit in stints with the New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys and Titans.

Cassel's best season came in 2010 with the Chiefs when he threw for 3,116 yards, 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions en route to his only Pro Bowl.

While Cassel won't be used in game situations unless needed, having someone with his level of experience behind a developing quarterback in Mariota provides the Titans with a solid contingency plan.

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