Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The New Man in Town

Daniel House caught up with Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel and got his take on the offseason signing with the Vikings. He talks about this and more in the interview posted within the article.

Matt Cassel was brought in to reaffirm the backup quarterback position, which needed an upgrade this offseason. Many Christian Ponder skeptics believed he joined the crew to later oust Ponder in a training camp battle. This hasn't happened, but the Vikings now have a reliable quarterback with a proven pedigree in the league.

Cassel began his career in New England and guided the Patriots to a 11-5 record in 2008, while filling in for an injured Tom Brady. In 2009, he was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs for the 34th pick in the 2009 draft. A year later, he posted his best year from a statistical standpoint and earned a trip to the Pro Bowl, despite playing on a weak Chiefs roster. The past three years, Cassel has been provided with limited weapons and a very weak offensive line. He struggled with injuries last season and was signed to a two year deal, but it voids after next season. Cassel is guaranteed $3.7 million in the first year with $500,000 in incentives. Cassel (31) has a 29-33 career record as a starter with 82 touchdown passes, 57 interceptions and a passer rating of 80.4.

In the interview below, Daniel House caught up with Matt Cassel at Vikings training camp and learned more about his free agent decision, along with how he is liking Minnesota.


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