November 25, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel (7) watches on the sidelines in the second half of the game against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium. The Broncos won 17-9. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings Backup Quarterback Speculation: Matt Cassel

The Vikings will add a veteran QB to compete with – and likely defeat – Joe Webb for the backup job. That we know. So now we’re watching the transaction wires to see who might be available. And listening to the rumor mill to see what names come up.

Drew Stanton is one name that’s already been thrown out there. After the Alex Smith trade, another guy became available who will certainly be added to the speculation mix. That guy is Matt Cassel.

You remember Cassel. Once upon a time fans wanted the Vikings to get him from New England. But he ended up going to Kansas City where he had a little bit of success. Now KC is moving on with Alex Smith. And Cassel is on the market.

Is Cassel a guy the Vikings might legitimately look at? I’m not sure. Yes he has the veteran presence they need. He would certainly give them a better option than Joe Webb in the event Christian Ponder’s arm went out again.

But is Cassel actually a little too good for the job? The Vikings want someone who can be a viable #2 but not actually threaten Ponder. The last thing Rick Spielman wants is a QB controversy. Fans were screaming for Webb last year, and Webb is terrible. Imagine the crying if you had Cassel as your backup.

I feel like Cassel might be a little too much of a threat to Ponder. The Vikes should find someone a little lower on the ladder. A Drew Stanton or a Brady Quinn. We wouldn’t want Ponder getting nervous.

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