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#1 Lizard King

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 03:54 PM

Just. Saying.

 

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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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Posted 07 February 2014 - 04:02 PM

I'm gonna put it out there. For $4 Million, I do this and don't think twice.


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Posted 07 February 2014 - 04:06 PM

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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Posted 07 February 2014 - 04:09 PM

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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Posted 07 February 2014 - 04:09 PM

23rd ranked QB in DVOA last season (Geno was 40th).  2 spots behind Alex Smith, and ahead of guys like Mike Glennon, Ryan Tannehill and Matt McGloin.  I'll take him.


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Posted 07 February 2014 - 04:12 PM

23rd ranked QB in DVOA last season (Geno was 40th).  2 spots behind Alex Smith, and ahead of guys like Mike Glennon, Ryan Tannehill and Matt McGloin.  I'll take him.

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 04:19 PM

Sad as it is to say it, yeah, he'd make sense for us.


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Posted 07 February 2014 - 04:23 PM

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


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Posted 07 February 2014 - 04:25 PM

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. 


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Posted 07 February 2014 - 04:27 PM

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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Posted 07 February 2014 - 04:28 PM

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

 

He has had a couple above average years and some really bad ones, but the teams he's played on are bad.


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Posted 07 February 2014 - 04:29 PM

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

Really hope I'm wrong about Geno.
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Posted 07 February 2014 - 04:30 PM

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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Posted 07 February 2014 - 04:34 PM

Ok I would take him - not thrilled with other options at QB


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Posted 07 February 2014 - 04:36 PM

Cassell is exactly the type of vet QB the Jets need.  Adequate back up and capable of stepping in if the youngsters stink the place up.


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Posted 07 February 2014 - 04:37 PM

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?
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Posted 07 February 2014 - 04:39 PM

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?

 

Why can't it be both simultaneously.


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Posted 07 February 2014 - 04:41 PM

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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Posted 07 February 2014 - 04:42 PM

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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Posted 07 February 2014 - 04:43 PM

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



You're gonna sign my fist on waivers, tough guy.
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Posted 07 February 2014 - 04:45 PM

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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Posted 07 February 2014 - 04:46 PM

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



And then what?
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Posted 07 February 2014 - 04:46 PM

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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Posted 07 February 2014 - 04:50 PM

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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Posted 07 February 2014 - 04:50 PM

Because our recent Young QB Development Program is worthless.

 

Dammit, Tom. Stop being a ruiner of everything.


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