Matt Cassel made it clear right away this offseason that he didn’t want to continue his career with the Minnesota Vikings. He literally walked away from $3 million, which speaks volumes about the situation in Minneapolis. But after a solid 2013 season, you can’t really blame Cassel for being confident. He walked away from good money with the Vikings, simply because he’s wise to weak free agent QB market.
There are many teams who could use a guy like Cassel, but until now there haven’t been any solid leads as to where he might land. That all changed when reports of the Houston Texans having interest in him emerged.
So, does a partnership between the two sides makes sense? And what would it mean for the future of the Texans?
The first thing to take away from these rumors is that if the Texans sign Cassel, it likely means they’re not going to spend their No. 1 pick on a QB. It’s not that it would be crazy to sign Cassel and take a QB at No. 1, it just doesn’t make much sense. Cassel is a guy who could start right away and pairing him with a future franchise QB could be toxic.
To me, it’s one way or the other. Either you sign a veteran to come in and start right away, or you take a guy you think can be the face of your franchise for years to come and roll with him. If the Texans don’t see that guy in this year’s draft, then Cassel isn’t a bad plan-B. He’s proven over his career that he can win games and get teams to the playoffs. If Houston believes it’s a year or two away from being back in serious contention, then he would be a solid transition guy or insurance policy if they ultimately acquire a young QB.
It’s also worth noting that new head coach Bill O’Brien worked with Cassel during his time in New England.