After watching the three OTA practices and three minicamp sessions that were open to the media, Rodak mentions that Cassel was the “clear loser” among the quarterbacks competing for the starting job.
“There wasn’t a practice open to reporters where Cassel stood out among his peers, while there were at least one or two sessions where he was just downright bad,” Rodak writes. “I went into OTAs thinking Cassel had the best chance to be the opening day starter, given his level of experience, but I now question if he will make the roster.”
If Cassel continues to struggle, it would not come as a big surprise to see the Bills take the cap savings and move on with their younger options.
Cassel, 33, came over in a trade with the Vikings that sent a 2015 fifth-round pick and a 2016 seventh-round pick to Minnesota for the veteran quarterback and a 2015 sixth-round pick.
He is entering the final year of his two-year, $10 million contract and stands to make a base salary of $4.15 million for the 2015 season.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Cassel would free up $4.75 million in available cap space while creating no dead money.
Last year, Cassel appeared in three games for the Vikings and completed 57.7 percent of his passes for 425 yards, three touchdowns, and four interceptions.