Posted March 14, 2013

Matt Cassel reportedly signs with Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota Vikings, NFL Free Agency
A nightmare season in Kansas City featured an ugly moment in which Chiefs fans cheered a Matt Cassel injury. (AP)

A nightmare season in Kansas City featured an ugly moment in which Chiefs fans cheered a Matt Cassel injury. (AP)

Matt Cassel did not linger as a free agent for very long. Just a few hours after the Kansas City Chiefs cut Cassel with two years and more than $16 million left on his deal, Cassel signed with the Minnesota Vikings, according to FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer.

Cassel posted a disappointing 19-28 record in four years as the Chiefs’ starting QB after coming over from New England. He missed seven games during the 2012 season.

His relocation to Minnesota at the very least provides more certain competition for Christian Ponder. While the Vikings may keep Ponder entrenched as the starter early on, following a 2012 playoff berth, Cassel may not be that far away from taking over the job.

Cassel does have two seasons of more than 3,000 yards passing — 2008, when he took over for an injured Tom Brady; and 2010, as he earned a Pro Bowl nod and helped the Chiefs to an AFC West crown.

Ponder currently has two seasons left on his rookie deal, at an average of about $1.5 million. In other words, it would not be a crushing blow to the Vikings’ books to either bench Ponder in favor of Cassel or, down the road, cut Ponder loose and turn the offense over to Cassel.

Of course, either of those scenarios involve Cassel recovering after a rapid demise in Kansas City. Within two seasons of that AFC West title, Cassel became the main scapegoat for Chiefs fans.

He’ll get renewed life — and possibly another chance at a starting gig — with the Vikings.

Grade: C-plus. The Vikings finally have a veteran to really push Ponder as the starter. But we’ll have to wait and see how much lasting damage Cassel’s Kansas City collapse did to his psyche.

8 comments
pandah462
pandah462

These other jokers are all wrong.  He's going there to unseat Ponder and back up AP. 

wytefang
wytefang

Yawn.  Wake me up if my Vikings sign a really good WR at some point (hopefully Jennings)...

chenderson0328
chenderson0328

As a diehard Chiefs fan, I'm glad we finally moved on from Cassel. It was a mistake to give a six year contract to this guy before he even threw a snap for us. Cassel is a good No. 2 and he'll be a good backup for Ponder, but that's it. He's not a starter in this league. 

nflpoker
nflpoker

Cassel won't be there pushing Ponder around. Rather, he will be pushing Webb out of  the backup spot, that's all. That's why they got him.

WarrenLudford
WarrenLudford

They didn't sign Cassel to push Ponder.  They signed him to replace Webb.

JUSTINL
JUSTINL

 @WarrenLudford Disagree entirely with that statement. You can bet that when summer comes and camp starts if Cassel is outplaying Ponder he will be the starter come September. Ponder is mediocre at best and Webb certainly isn't lighting the world on fire either so look for Cassel to be the starter at one point or another this season. Plus the fact that he was signed so quickly after being released leads me to believe they had their eyes on Cassel for a while. Not saying Cassel is even better than Ponder or Webb but the best performer will start. Simple.

 

PaulWoods
PaulWoods

 @JUSTINL  @WarrenLudford

 That's why they only signed him for one year, because they knew he was THE guy.Warren, you are exactly right.