Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer is reporting Matt Cassel has signed with the Minnesota Vikings, just six hours after being released by the Kansas City Chiefs. Terms of the contract have yet to be released. We will update this post when the news comes in.
It had been rumored the Chiefs and Vikings were trying to work out a trade for Cassel but the two teams couldn’t come to an agreement. It appears Minnesota still ended up with their guy. Albert Breer of the NFL Network reported Cassel chose the Vikings over Tampa Bay.
Cassel was the first major acquisition by former general manager Scott Pioli after he was hired in 2009. Kansas City traded a second round pick for him and Mike Vrabel, before signing Cassel to a six-year, $63 million extension. After struggling in his first season, he lead the Chiefs to a AFC West title on the strength of 27 touchdown passes and made the Pro Bowl. The next two seasons were marred by injuries and inconsistent performance. Cassel missed half of the 2011 season with a hand injury and missed time last year with a concussion before being benched for Brady Quinn.
Kansas City has reworked the quarterback position for 2013 after trading for Alex Smith from the San Francisco 49ers for a second round draft pick and signing free agent and former Missouri Tiger Chase Daniel from New Orleans. It would not be unexpected for the Chiefs to spend a draft pick on a quarterback in the draft either, as both general manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid have long histories of drafting quarterbacks.
UPDATE: Contract specifics are coming out for Cassel. It is a two-year deal.
Matt Cassel will average about $4m/yr with Minn, with chance to earn more if he plays. 2 yr deal can be voided after 2013 by the QB
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 14, 2013