Field Yates of ESPN reports that new contract signed by veteran QB Matt Cassel with the Bills on Tuesday includes a base salary of $2 million for the 2015 season.
According to Yates, Cassel’s old deal included a $4.15 million base salary. However, even though he has accepted a reduced base salary in 2015, Yates adds that Cassel still has a shot get back up to $4.15 million in the event he reaches incentives included in the deal.
The Bills wound up releasing Cassel as they got to 53 players this past weekend. On Tuesday, they surprisingly brought him back and announced that he was the No. 2 quarterback over EJ Manuel.
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 was entering the final year of his two-year, $10 million contract and would have made a base salary of $4.15 million for the 2015 season.
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.