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Matt Cassel is a FA

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Just. Saying.

 

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/02/07/cassel-has-opted-out-of-his-contract/

 

Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel had until Friday to opt out of the second year of the two-year deal he signed in Minnesota last year.  He opted not to push his decision to the deadline.

Per a league source, Cassel already has exercised his right to extinguish the final season of the contract.

And so, instead of making $3.7 million in Minnesota next year, the former Chiefs starter will become a free agent on March 11.  It remains to be seen whether another team will give him a chance to compete for the starting job, or whether he’ll join a new franchise as the backup.

Cassel appeared in nine games last year, with six starts.  He won three and lost three, but Cassel had key roles in the team’s only two other victories of the season, coming off the bench to engineer wins over Washington and Chicago.

The lingering New England connection could lure Cassel to Houston and former Pats assistant Bill O’Brien.  With the Texans, Cassel could be paired with a first-round draft pick, mentoring the youngster and possibly playing until the rookie is ready.

Cassel also could end up being the backup to Matt Ryan in Atlanta, where the man who brought him to Kansas City (Scott Pioli) is now the assistant G.M.

Then there’s Tampa, where new defensive coordinator (and former Vikings coach) Leslie Frazier could vouch for Cassel to coach Lovie Smith and offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford, neither of whom seem to be sold on Mike Glennon.

It’s also possible that Cassel returns to Minnesota with a contract that better reflects his potential role as a starter.  But with the Vikings having a new coach and a new offensive coordinator, a second season becomes less likely.

The move leaves the Vikings with only one quarterback under contract for 2014: Christian Ponder.  Which means that the Vikings will be adding multiple quarterbacks over the next three months.

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He'd be the day 1 starter for the Jets and I'm sure he's looking for a starting job. He did decently well for the terrible Vikings and is only 31, 32 by the time the next season starts. He should be considered.

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I did not see him play this year, but wasn't this guy Sanchez bad for the Chiefs?

 

Pretty much, but he seems to have made some improvements (albeit not enough to make him anything more than a backup or below average starter) and I'd be willing to give him a shot.  He's better than basically any other FA QB on the market. 

Edited by Jetsfan80

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I did not see him play this year, but wasn't this guy Sanchez bad for the Chiefs?

Matt Cassel had a 60.2 completion percentage in 2013, so he's inherently better than Sanchez. That's actually the type of minimum accuracy you need for a West Coast offense.

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Meh...ok I guess that would be the vet everyone keeps talking about.

Really hope I'm wrong about Geno.

I hope Geno prevails. I just don't see the harm in having Cassell show him some ropes. I really don't see what's wrong with that.

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Are the Jets trying to build toward being a perennial contender or are they trying to win nine games next year with a journeyman quarterback?

Sorry but Joe Montana is busy- what do you expect to find a all pro QB on waivers/

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Why can't it be both simultaneously.

Because Geno developing into a solid starter OR Geno imploding resulting in the team getting a top-5 pick are both preferable options to muddling through another ~.500 season with a meh veteran QB.

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Because Geno developing into a solid starter OR Geno imploding resulting in the team getting a top-5 pick are both preferable options to muddling through another ~.500 season with a meh veteran QB.

 

 

Cassell would have added 2 wins and a playoff berth by simply not imploding like Geno.  

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Because Geno developing into a solid starter OR Geno imploding resulting in the team getting a top-5 pick are both preferable options to muddling through another ~.500 season with a meh veteran QB.

 

If Geno can't beat out Matt Cassell or any other stiff veteran FA they bring in, then we're already ahead of the curve. Sign Cassell, bring in a mid-round Qb we think has promise and let them all battle for the job.

 

The Seahawks signed Matt Flynn and it worked out well for them. I don't see why it couldn't work here.

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If Geno can't beat out Matt Cassell or any other stiff veteran FA they bring in, then we're already ahead of the curve. Sign Cassell, bring in a mid-round Qb we think has promise and let them all battle for the job.

The Seahawks signed Matt Flynn and it worked out well for them. I don't see why it couldn't work here.

Because our recent Young QB Development Program is worthless.

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And then what?

 

 

I'd rather be in the playoff conversation and have some hope of catching lightning in a bottle rather than continue with the failed rookie starter by default approach.  It is a move in the right direction.  Improving modestly does not precluded developing young talent. If they sign Cassell and Geno (or a fresh face) winds up winning the starting job outright, so much the better.  Cassell at the very worst provides a decent back up.  

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I'd rather be in the playoff conversation and have some hope of catching lightning in a bottle rather than continue with the failed rookie starter by default approach. It is a move in the right direction. Improving modestly does not precluded developing young talent. If they sign Cassell and Geno (or a fresh face) winds up winning the starting job outright, so much the better. Cassell at the very worst provides a decent back up.

Matt Cassel doesn't possess some untapped well of talent that we haven't yet seen. He's been around for a long time. He's the equivalent of buying a new engine for your 87 Dodge Dart.

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Cassell would have added 2 wins and a playoff berth by simply not imploding like Geno.  

 

 Yeah because he's proved it with the Chiefs and Vikings recently that he can win?

Edited by pedro55

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