If you know anything about John McClain, you know that he is just about the most plugged-in Houston Texans insider there is (besides being one of history’s most accurate mock drafters).
If John McClain says something about the Texans, people listen.
So we should all listen carefully to what McClain has to say on the prospect of Houston signing Matt Cassel. Or rather, read what he has to say:
I’ve been stunned before and I’ll be stunned again but I’ll be stunned if Texans sign Matt Cassel despite multiple reports 2 the contrary.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) March 6, 2014
The “reports to the contrary” referenced by McClain include one from Jason La Canfora that has the Vikings and Cassel far apart in their negotiations and Cassel likely ending up in Houston.
But, La Canfora is really only guessing about Houston. The Bill O’Brien connection seems to be the main piece of evidence people have for why Cassel would be a Houston target.
The fact is, rumors about a Houston deal only help Cassel in his attempts to negotiate with the Vikings.
It could be that in reality no one wants Cassel except the Vikings.
Not picking a side either way in this. I’m just saying, John McClain knows of what he speaks. And thus far there is only conjecture and dot-connecting on the whole “Cassel to Houston” side.
For all we know, Cassel and the Vikings could be hashing out a deal right now. And all the Houston talk really did was make Cassel a few extra thousand dollars to come back and lead the purple.