QB Matt Cassel to the Vikings
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) March 14, 2013
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Cassel will receive a one-year deal from the Vikings worth $4 million.
The Vikings reportedly told Cassel that he will get a shot to compete for the starting job, but it’s really hard to put a lot of stock in that idea.
The Buccaneers were reported to have interest in Cassel as well, but the Vikings moved rather quickly on him following his release from the Chiefs earlier in the day.
Minnesota made it clear that they wanted an better backup option next season, which isn’t surprising given how Joe Webb played last season.
Previous reports indicated that the Chiefs were trying to trade him, but it was doubtful that they would be able to secure any kind of value for him given that they would be forced to release him at some point.
Cassel had a $7.5 million base salary for the 2013 season. Releasing him will free up close to $5.8 million in cap space, which the Chiefs could potentially use on another cornerback.
The Vikings and Buccaneers have been tossed out as speculative options for Cassel.
This explains why the Chiefs have yet to cut him and his $7.5 million base salary for the 2013 season loose.
Cassel has a $7.5 million base salary for the upcoming season, which is way too much for any to consider. We’ll have to see what the market holds for Cassel in the coming days.