Ian Rapoport reports that the Houston Texans have “real” interest in veteran QB Matt Cassel.
- Albert Breer is hearing that “chances are real” that Bill O’Brien uses Cassel as a “bridge to a franchise quarterback.“
- Breer adds that this could allow the Texans to pass on a quarterback at No. 1 overall and take the best player available.
- John McClain of the Houston Chronicle would be “stunned” if Texans end up singing Cassel. (Update)
The connection here is obvious given that new Texans’ HC Bill O’Brien was an assistant with the Patriots during Cassel’s final few seasons with the team.
Houston has limited cap space to work with, but that could change in the next few days as teams are allowed to meet with free agents.
Cassel, 31, is in position to be one of the best available quarterbacks available in the free agent market, and even if he’s unable to secure a starting job, he’s likely to find plenty of interest as a backup.
Last season, he completed over 60 percent of his passing attempts for 1,807 yards to go along with 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions. We have him listed as the No. 98 player in our Top 100 Free Agents list.
Jason La Canfora reports that free agent QB Matt Cassel is expected to reach the open market next week.
According to La Canfora, the Vikings and still in talks with Cassel regarding a new contract, but an agreement is reportedly not close at this point in time.
Interestingly enough, La Canfora mentions that he could see Cassel signing with the Texans this offseason.