With Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs all but official, tons of speculation has taken place regarding Matt Cassel. It sounds likely that he’ll be released at this point, and become an unrestricted free agent on March 12th.
After two seasons of bad play in KC, Cassel will be looking for a fresh start, but he’ll likely only find it in a backup role. The Minnesota Vikings are definitely a team in need of a backup, and signing Cassel would make sense for the purple and gold.
Just because Cassel had two bad seasons, doesn’t mean his career is over. He’s a guy who’s shown very solid potential, even landing in the Pro Bowl just two years back. Cassel is a guy who’s played in one of the top offensive systems in the league under Bill Belichick, and simply just a guy who’s been around the block.
That’s what the Vikings need, they need a guy who can come in and help the development of Christian Ponder. Minnesota doesn’t have any veteran QBs on the roster, and having one there to give a few pointers to their young starter would be a good thing.
All of this of course is speculation, and it depends on whether or not the Chiefs ultimately release Cassel. If in fact he becomes available, the Vikings should at least throw an offer his way and see if he has mutual interest.
Upgrading the depth at quarterback is a priority for the Vikings this off-season, and Cassel would provide just that, whether the fans like it or not.
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