Even though trades can’t officially be made until March 12, Minnesota Vikings rumors are beginning to heat up about the team going for a backup quarterback this offseason as a way to push Christian Ponder and help him develop heading into his third season. One of the names that could end up on the list of possible veterans to acquire–Matt Cassel of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Now that Alex Smith will be joining the team for the 2013 season following a trade from the San Francisco 49ers, it’s only a matter of time before Cassel ends up with a new team–whether it comes through a trade or following his release. Cassel has proven to be effective when healthy and with Ponder yet to hit his full prime as a starter in the NFL–it may not be a bad idea for Minnesota to consider a move like this.
Cassel may have struggled at times throughout the 2013 season as the Chiefs finished with the worst record in the league, but there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be able to bounce back in 2013. Even if he did end up with the Vikings and didn’t start, Cassel would still be a positive mentor for Ponder to learn from.
Ponder has shown plenty of potential over his first two seasons in the NFL, but it’s clear he still has a long way to go when it comes to living up to the level Minnesota hopes he can reach–which is why bringing in Cassel is an idea they should strongly consider.
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