Seifert on Cassel


ESPN‘s NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert seems lukewarm on the prospect of Matt Cassel being acquired by the Vikings:

The two variables — the Vikings’ indecision and the Patriots’ opaque plans — make it hard to suggest that Cassel is heading to the NFC North.

Yes, it’s true that at this time last year no one thought Jared Allen — another player with a franchise tag — would find his way from Kansas City to Minnesota. But the ransom the Vikings gave up for Allen — a first-round pick, two third-rounders and an exchange of sixth-round picks — gutted their 2008 draft. Would they be willing to thin out their 2009 draft for Cassel?

The quarterback is the most important player on the field, but having two consecutive low-impact drafts could have far-reaching implications that couldn’t be measured for years. Stay tuned.

This is exactly why I’m not that high on Cassel coming here:  Maybe he’s a good quarterback, but is he worth the king’s ransom the Patriots will demand for him?  My guy, Sage Rosenfels, would be a safer investment.  He has about as much starting experience as Cassel, doesn’t have that whole “system quarterback” thing hanging over his head, and could probably be had for a single second-round pick.  Either guy would be a roll of the dice – my whole thing is minimizing risk.  You can’t just keep giving away draft picks like banks used to give away mortgages.  It comes back to bite you in the behind.

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  • jeege

    I was all about Cassell…until they started talking 2 draft picks or 1 draft pick and Chester Taylor…Thats preposterous. Absolutely unreasonable and only the teams in the safest of situations roster-wise will consider it. (Thats me looking at the chiefs or the 49ers)

    But, I think Sage Rosenfels is just another stop-gap qb…not a solution, just another band-aid.

  • Mike

    Adam Caplan said the Vikes want either Favre, Cassel, Garcia or Derek Anderson.   Moreover, he wasn’t too high on Garcia and was unclear about Derek Anderson (which I read where thought to be possibly coming as a du0 and competing for the job).   Now Cassel is history.  We need Favre to get down out of that deer stand and tell the Jets he’s not playing for them except as a disgruntled $13 M QB.

  • Aram Siruni

    What has anyone seen from Sage Rosenfels that suggests to them he is a capable NFL starting QB.  Are we pretending this past year didn’t happen?  When Schaub was in, the Texans were one of the most dangerous young teams in the league.  Rosenfels replaces them and they looked terrible.  Rosenfels, specifically, looked terrible.  I want no part of this guy.

  • http://Pennsylvania bernie jelinek

    If the Vikings are going to give up that much for a QB, they should try a deal with the Cininnatti Bengals. Carson Palmer might be worth it, of course we’d have to persuade the Bengals to give up their franchise QB ,and throw in one of their talented WR’s, now were talking Superbowl!! I’ve been a fan since Joe Kapp was at the helm, so i know what frustration means, c’mon Ziggy, spend some cash, please.. Thirty-nine years and still waiting for the ring…

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    hey bernie lusk; first off they did’nt spend a whole hell of a lot on kapp, he was a cast off from the canadian league. the canadian league???? uh huh…..well the best you ever had was tarkenton, and hell you even tried to get rid of him too, sending him to the giants, and then getting him back. then all you viking fans did was bitch that tarky was’nt big enough. could’nt throw the deep ball. could’nt win the big one. but the truth is tarky was not the fault of your not winning the big one. it was your highly prized defense in every loss that could’nt stop em. and that is the truth. but it does’nt matter who you guys get cause you won’t be satisfied anyway. if your not happy with what sir francis did for that franchise you’ll never be happy with any thing. thats what i see here in N.IOWA……. you guys whine and bitch about everything and your never happy with your team. but thats ok, the nfl has other plans with the vikings, in L.A. in 2010

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    for 40 years that is all i’ve ever heard from viking fans around here is bitch, bitch, bitch……well now i’ve takin it upon myself to remind you idiots of every word you’ve ever said……i’m fed up with it and it’d serve you guys right if the nfl took em and moved them where they’d best suit the nfl……. in L.A. in 2010

  • davesucks

    stfu about vikings moving to LA! R u some fatass who always mentions every vikes fan they’re moving to LA you dumb goof? U fuckin texan fans are so dumb in real life. All you do is sit at home and believe whatever the media tells you. No wonder why texan people are so dumb! You believe everything especailly your hero BUSH! Dave the” faggot vikings LA lover” ,  do us all a favor… GET A LIFE! Oh wait… your life is based on VIKINGS moving to LA… cus thats all you can do FAT LARD.

    P.S. Dallas blows just like you and Tony Homo

  • Restless

    yea, why don’t you guys win a playoff game dallas. Than come in here talking shit.

  • Ryan

    lol, I think Dave is just pissed because we ruined to many Thanksgivings for him!  Suck it! Cowboys blow!

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    well first off every single word i said is the truth. i don’t live in texas. i live in N. Iowa, right in your back yard and i hear all your whinin and bitchin first hand. i’m not a fat ass. i’m 5’10′ 190, and 47 years old. and in my day i was one hell of a defensive half back. and i think i could have laid your ass out any time, and probably still could. i ai’nt a faggot, but it does take one to know one, get it????? i’ detest the vikings and i detest you little bitch fans that are’nt happy if you had gotten a superbowl win. so don’t talk shit about some playoff win, cause shit for brains, we’ve had our fair share, and some of our best came at your expense. maybe next year we’ll add another???? i ai’nt pissed about thanksgiving our any other day we’ve ever played your lame excuse for a team. i just know that you bitches don’t deserve a team in minneapolis because you don’t apprieciate what you have….because all you do is bitch about everything about them. i’m just sick and tired of livin in this area and hear all of your shit about that shit you call a football team. i look forward to the next time we lock horns, cause we’ll kick the shit out of your team good. can’t wait to see demarcus ware knockin the shit out of whoever you guys get for a qb??????good luck you little whinnin pissants

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    HOW DO YOU KNOW THEY WON’T MOVE TO L.A. IN 2010?????????????????????????? I THINK THEY WILL, BECAUSE MINNESOTA WON’T STEP UP TO THE PLATE TO FINANCIALLY SUPPORT THE VIKINGS. WELL L.A. HAS THE BACKING OF THE NFL, AND THE NFL WANTS A TEAM IN L.A. BY 2010. SO WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK IT’LL BE, SMART ASSES?????????????

  • http://Pennsylvania bernie jelinek

    Dave,  if you’re in fact 47 years old, why do you have to use so much profanity? I thought this was a Vikings web page, not the Cowboys? It sounds like you’re a disgruntled fan , i guess with all the talent Dallas has had the last 10 years, it  has’nt amounted to much success for u guys. I never referred to Joe Kapp as our best ,or most expensive QB ever, i just remember Kapp as the QB in 1970, the first NFL game i saw, then became a Viking fan. I live in Pennsylvania, which is Steeler country, but i respect fans from all teams, i don’t get into name calling, that’s for kids. I don’t whine about the Vikes, but i’m sure many fans would like to see a winner. I know Tarkenton was the best  QB we ever had because of all the records. We also had Warren Moon, Tommy Kramer, Randall Cunningham, Jim McMahon,Wade Wilson, Daunte Caulpepper and others. Dave you should thank the Vikings for three of your superbowl rings for Dallas, remember Drew Peirson’s apparent offensive interference on Nate Wright, to catch the Staubach Hail-Mary play? The same referee that was hit in the head with a bottle for his no-call, we’ll he just so happened to work in the Cowboy organization, years later, go figure. Then of course the Herschel Walker deal, that gave you fellas all of the Vikes top draft picks, to propel u guys in the nineties. Hey, was’nt this an article about Matt Cassel? I doubt the Pats would give him up, but Seattle may be willing to trade Hasselbeck. Good luck , Dave, you guys have a very good team in Dallas, but the Cowboys need a leader like a  Rodger Staubach to pull together, and play as a team, not TO, TO, and TO. I too am 47 years old, i still lift weights and compete in powerlifting, that won’t change, and a Vikings fan I’ll always be.   

  • Ryan

    Hey Dave your an idiot because the Chargers are the front runners to move to LA, anyway the Vikings signed a new player the other day his name is Kenny Onatolu, last year he was the leader of the Edmonton Eskimo’s defense and special teams, looks like we may have picked up a gem guys.  Here is the URL for his highlight video. 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xfp2gDL0ue4

  • davesucks

    47 year old from IOWA? LOL! yeah… Iowa has no football team so he has nothing better else to do but suck on TONY HOMOS dick.  Lets see… my dad, he’s 52 and he actually is doing something productive unlike you whos messing with a 20 year old online. What do you even do? Work in a grocery store then get off work so you can tell the viking fans that we’re moving to LA? You sure waste your time you poor bitch! I’m young, i’m fast, i’m stronger and you think you can beat me up? Since you threaten me, i hope you make a trip to MPLS one day so i can fuckin knock your old ass out!

  • davesucks

    Nothing wrong with old people but for you… you sure don’t act like your age. I would show some class but since you keep coming on the vikings web blog and telling every vikes fans they’re going to move to LA, that’s gone too far.  Do you ever stop you immature 47 year old? Oh wait.. you’re stuck in a 10 year mind. Even my younger brother is more mature than you. Quit using profanity to make yourself sound like a tough ass because you sound like a dumbass drugged up man who has no job and lives an apartment with his friends HAHA!

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    my apologies to you bernie, yes i’m a very mature 47 yearold from N.Iowa that is a passoinate football fan. not like the little 20 year old punk viking fan that can’t even use his own name on line. this is precisisely what i mean. this is what i’m tired of. this is what i’ve put up with for 40 years now in this area that i live and am a very produtive and financially fit citizen. but i do sincerely appologize to you bernie, because if you are indeed 47 like i am, you come from a different era and time when we were taught respect. so i am sorry for my profanity but sometimes you just get caught up in the moment as a fan. you seem like a loyal fan yourself, and thats what i repect. i have friends that are eagle, redskin, raider fans, and i have uncles that are viking and packer fans. so i know what passionate fans can do to family rivalries, believe me…….so again to you i’m sorry and hope we can banter .about good football again. i do believe the vikings will be the frontrunner to the L.A. market because of the situation that lingers in MINN. it won’t be resolved anytime soon, and the nfl is pushing for a team in L.A. sandiego was being talked about, but as i’ve heard from friends in the southern cal area, it’s a dead issue, and al davis still looms large in this issue, and would not bundge on letting sandiego be that team

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    ok, so to put all my anger and frustrations aside, and speak like the real dedicated football fan that i am, i will ask you viking fans again…….what are your takes on the vikings being the team to move to L.A.???????i’ve asked dansinski on several occasions, but i get know reponse, so i came on here swingin like a wild man, and i get reponse, but i get nothing but bashed back, so obviliously thats not the way to go about it. so now i will do it with class and dignity. i think the nfl will do it, and i’m curious to see how the “real” viking fans will handle it?????

  • davesucks

    Plain and simple faggot. STFU about LA vikings! This isn’t a blog that talks about DALLAS or your fuckin life. So quit being a little homo and get over the fact you’re an old man that will never get respect since you talk like a little 10 year old!

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    hey punk, i asked the “real” viking fans their opinion, not yours. you seem caught up in the faggot syndrome? i’m married with 3 kids. i’m not a faggot or inclined to be one. i’m not talking about dallas or my life. yes i’m 47, but that does’nt make me old. i’ve got a 22 year old son and if he talked to me like you do i’d kick his ass. that doe’nt need respect, that’s the truth. and the truth is all i’ve come on here searching for. maybe your not old enough to handle the truth or even know what the truth is? either way, if the vikings do leave, i doubt you will have much to say about it. so with that in mind, i’m not asking for your imput here

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    why don’t you admitt your a little punk livin in your mommy’s house using her computor. you said your dad was 52 and your 20, that prety much verifies what i just said. can’t support yourself, but can talk a mean fight. well talk is cheap little boy, and some people might just be a little “badder” than you would think. so watch the tough guy attitude, cause some day someones’ gonna put a fist in that big mouth of yours and adjust your punkass head first. punk…….think of clint eastwood in gran torino……….i could be?????? you just never know, do you???? now again my appologies to you “real” viking fans”. i’m still waiting for anyone who wants to banter about this upcoming problem that is real for the vikings and their fans.

  • http://Pennsylvania bernie jelinek

    DaveDallasfan,  Hey Dave i understand  your anger at the younger fans, because here in Pennsylvania where i live , being a Vikings fan is not easy. As much as i respect other fans from other teams, the Steeler fans are a rough crowd, especially the younger crowd. Really, i can’t get in a word edgewise, before i hear about how many Superbowls they’ve won, or how many more they would’ve won had they drafted Dan Marino. I even rooted for Arizona, because  i knew what i was in for at work Monday morning, and the rest of the week thereafter. Anyways, i guess i would be bummed-out  if my team moved to California, if what you say about the Vikings move to LA has any merit. I remember  way too much about the teams of old, i really was’nt happy  about the whole Metrodome idea. I miss the days Bud Grant coached outdoors in frigid cold, no heaters on the sideline for the home team. Great names like Krause, Hilgenburg, Stu Voight, Page, Eller, Bill Brown and Gene Washington , now those were the good old days to be a fan.  Fans, like everything else have changed, there are so many that change their team to the team that wins the Superbowl. You have to understand  the dissapointment  most Viking  fans had to endure, especially the loyal ones. The Buffalo Bills fans can relate to the same agony. I hope that the move never happens to my team, like it did to the old Cleveland Browns, that became the Baltimore Ravens, from what i remember, the whole state of Ohio was in shock for years ,thanks to Art Model, the owner.  I guess you can relate somewhat being a Dallas fan, the last few years, to be loaded with talent, yet falling short of expectations.  Well, since 1970, things have’nt changed, but there’s always hope, a great QB named Elway won two Superbowls for another 0-4 team in Denver. Bottom line ,we  need a great QB. You have to admit it yourself, Dallas always had great QB’s when they played in Superbowls- Staubach, Morton, and Aikman, even Danny White was a good team leader. That’s what Minnesota needs to be a winner.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    yeah, i remember those days too. my uncle who is 10 years older than me is a big viking fan and knows everything about evrything there is to know about vikings. he was a personal friend of karl kasalkee? not sure on the spelling.  he visited with bob lurtsima when he was doing the viking report news paper and would get all his inside info. hey i grew up viking. but my 2 uncles who are packer/viking/brother/enemies just drove me to find my own team and the dallas cowboys were it. so thanks for hearin me out, and i hope you enjoy your allegence to your vikings. good fans i respect. even dansinski here i respect. he knows his stuff and is a great writer even though he comes over to the landryhat to take pop shots at me and my compadres. i forgive him cause he’s a good fan. but all i’ve ever wanted here was to hear what you guys felt about the screwin that the nfl is about to do to someone, and from what i’ve heard it is the vikings????? it would be devestating economically for this area. and there are good solid viking fans like my uncle. he’ll probably get on his harley and drive to the stadium looking to kick some ziggy ass. and i’m not kiddin on that one…….. and you are right, the vikings are a qb away from being a superbowl contender…….don’t be to willing to give to much for cassell though, he is a product of a great coach and a great system. minny needs a vet that has tenasicity to win games on his back. garcia could be a good fit? hell, maybe even farve? my uncle in wisconsin might kill my uncle in minny???? derek anderson? i have a like for sage rosenfels, being from iowa state. good luck in the search, cause we now it ain’t gus, and it ain’t jackson.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    and yes  we cowboy fans know what you viking fans have had to endure. at least i do. i’ve seen my cowboys win 5 superbowls, but in the same breathe, i’ve endured 3 losses as well. it’s been 12 years since we’ve had a playoff win? so yeah, i understand and am frustrated too. i don’t come here to jerk anyones chain, but if i get the ass whippin that this sucky boy wants to give out, i can return it three fold. and i can do mit with class, dansinski, i have repect for your fans and your sight……thanks for hearin me out, bernie, and the rest of you “real” viking fans

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    also my nickname for you was bernie lusk……that my friend was a great compliment, not a insult. anyone from southeast minnesota or rochester area knows who bernie lusk was. he was one of the most knowledgeable and respected sports casters ever in this area or in the state of minnesota. he was personall friends with bud grant and did fishing and hunting trips with him. he was a great charity organizer and hosted the eagles cancer telethon for years. my dad who died of cancer was a big fan of bernie lusk, and i meant it as a compliment.

  • http://Pennsylvania bernie jelinek

    DallasDave,  Yes, your uncle is definitely a long time Vikes fan, because Lurtzima and Kasaulke were from the old Vikings, as well as  Milt Sundae, Oscar Reed, kicker Fred Cox, Bobbie Bryant, Dave Osborn, Gary Cuzzo and Allen Page. Unfortunately, Karl Kaussalke’s career was cut short from a motorcycle accident, and he recently passed away.  I have much more respect for the players of that era, because of their mental and physical toughness, they were’nt always crying about money or minor injuries, and they played with their hearts, it was’nt  the big business that it is today. Anyways, thanks for the compliment. Dave, I was wondering who or what Lusk was. As far as knowledge, I’m not even close to this legend, I just remember certain players from back when. I would hope the Vikings could get Cassel from the Pats, but I agree with you that some QB’s fit in only with certain coaches and systems. Remember, Rich Gannon? He was an average QB when he played for the Vikes, but when the Raiders got him, suddenly he was a great QB. I  think that Rosenfels has the same potential, yet he’s only a backup for the Texans. I’m not so high on Favre or Garcia anymore, i think both of them should retire for their own good. I have 3 brothers one a Cowboy fan, one a Bills fan, and the other is also a Vikes fan. The local paper is all Pittsburgh, and most people are Steeler fans. One reporter actually stated that other team fans were just jealous of the Steeler dominance, by complaining about the officials in the Superbowl. I hardly think 27-23  is dominating, especially against a low rated defense like the Cardinals. The Steelers were also aided by a holding call to beat the Seahawks in their previous Superbowl. You probably remember Dallas losing a close Superbowl to Pittsburgh, when Jackie Smith dropped an easy TD pass from Staubach. I’m sorry, but i hardly see the dominance in any of their games, heck if things were right, they’d be lucky if they were’nt  3-4. The only dominant Superbowl team was San Francisco at 5-0. I guess i can’t blame the other Dave=the Vikes fan, young or not, he’s standing by his team. I doubt anyone writing is looking for a fight. Ican’t imagine if i wrote on the Cowboys web page ,that they may move to LA, the barrage of insults that would flood my e-mail. I just hope it isn’t a possibility ,the state of Minnesota and fans across the U.S.A. would never forgive Ziggy, believe me , just remember the fiasco in Cleveland and Art Model.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    yes you are right about ziggy. my uncle said he’d hunt him down like a deer with an arrow in his belly. thats a gut shot, and minnesota hunters know the “bad” of that. i will say that i recently heard news that the city of sandiego are about to close a deal either for a new stadium or revamping qoualcom stadium as it sits. also the saints are in bad, bad shape. the state of louisiana owes them 27.5 million going into next year for revenue shares payments and the state is already in a 1.2 bill defisat in state money.????? law makers are now saying are the saints worth the money, no…….but having a superbowl every 5-7 years is to the area. they do not have to pay the nfl back for funding from the huricane, but state money needs to be used else where. so i do feel that if the vikings and the state of minnesota can reach even a slight agreement, it may in all likeness be the saints moving. but remember, the nfl does not want to look bad to the rest of the country and pull a franchise out of an economically depressed area and take one of the few revenue makers away that state has?????? the saints are contracted thru 2010, but if the state faults on the debt, they can leave after this season. that could be likely also………..i did my home work and will always be the first to admitt when i maybe wrong……so it looks like it may be up to the viking fans who really are home state fans to keep your team. someone shot at me and said Iowa did’nt have a pro team. well you are right, but Iowa has supportted the vikings almost as much as the fair weather fans from minny. bernie this is the fight here, and this is why i’m always so upset. your’re a good fan and stay behind your team. but that ain’t the case with alot of fans around here and in minny. they can be called fair weather for sure, and the weather ain’t that good around here these days. good chattin with you again, bernie……thats what i’m sayin viking fans it won’t be ziggy the bad guy, it’s “your” vote and so far the fans have said NO??????

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    and you are right about those superbowl losses. killed me…..we lost 3 superbowls by a total of 11 points. and can’t totally blame jackie smith for the drop. roger did throw behind him cause him to turn back, slip and loose his footing and as he hit the turf he lost the ball. jackie was devistated. he retired to his texas ranch and was hardly ever heard from after. yeah the steelers have always seemed to get the “calls” to go their way. just seems like it?????? the qb quandry will be the biggest issue for you guys this off season. if you get the right one, minny will be a superbowl contender, no doubt. like i said it’s not always finding that superstar qb to build a team around. you guys have a great team already, now you just gotta find the right guy that works in your system…….thats how walsh, landry, knowl, lombardi…..the great ones did it. and yes that is the way bud grant did it with tarkenton. tarky was not proto type by anymeans, but he got it done………garcia kinda reminds me of tarky?????