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.