Matt Cassel Will Return to Vikings


Dec 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel (16) rushes against the Chicago Bears in the third quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Vikings win 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

The quarterback speculation can now officially end. Michael Vick. Josh McCown. Mark Sanchez.

Forget them all. The Vikings already have their man.

According to Ian Rapoport, that man is Matt Cassel.

I’m sorry Adrian Peterson, but it doesn’t look like Rick Spielman is ready to hand the GM reins over to you quite yet.

Despite Adrian’s somewhat bizarre Twitter plea to sign Vick and make the Vikings an “intent” playoff contender, Minnesota will stick with the safe choice.

Cassel was the best QB on the team in 2013 – not a great accomplishment when you consider what else was on the team.

Christian Ponder remains on the roster, and now Cassel will re-join him. I eagerly await the terms of the contract.

Cassel had been in line to make $3.7 million this year, with just $500,000 in guaranteed dough, but he elected to void that contract and test the market.

He must’ve found the market less brisk than he hoped. Though there was a rumor for a minute that he might land in Houston (a rumor John McClain decisively and correctly shot down).

I’m guessing whatever deal Cassel got, it has more than $500,000 in guarantees. It might have an extra year as well.

Of course, the Vikings can still add to their quarterback corps during the draft. It seems likely now that they will pass on the opportunity to take a QB early and bring in one of the project-types later in the draft.

The veteran side of the equation is set with Cassel and Ponder.

Update: It’s a two year deal for Cassel.

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