Matt Cassel RUMORS & NEWS

  • Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel out for the season

    USA Today "It appears it'll be the Teddy Bridgewater show the rest of the season for the Minnesota Vikings. The team put quarterback Matt Cassel on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday because of the bones he broke in his left foot during last weekend's loss at New Orleans. That means Bridgewater –..." September 24

  • Vikings' Cassel won't be looking over shoulder

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "If Matt Cassel was feeling the heat from first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater during the preseason, he didn’t let it show. The veteran quarterback played with poise throughout training camp and the preseason, commanding the huddle and minimizing mistakes while convincing the Vikings that the..." September 04

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    Jay Glazer @JayGlazer

    Vikings players were informed this morning that Matt Cassel will be the starting QB in Minnesota over Teddy Bridgewater

  • Cassel confident in remaining Vikings' No. 1 QB

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "There are times when you want to spin Matt Cassel around and check for the pull string that would explain why he sounds more like a 6-4 Ken Doll than a competitive athlete who has seized control of the Vikings quarterback competition heading into Week 2 of the preseason. “You know how it is at..." August 13

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    Matt Vensel @mattvensel

    Zimmer admits that Matt Cassel is his No. 1 guy going into training camp.

  • Ponder: Matt Cassel is Vikings' starting QB

    NFL.com "The Vikings have vowed not to forget about Christian Ponder, but the 2011 first-round pick realizes he's the odd man out in Minnesota's quarterback room. Ponder hasn't been getting as many reps as incumbent starter Matt Cassel and No. 32 overall pick Teddy Bridgewater during offseason..." June 15

  • Matt Cassel enters training camp as the Vikings' starter

    ESPN.com "With two veteran quarterbacks on the roster, Minnesota Vikings rookie Teddy Bridgewater said Thursday he'd be accepting of a backup role to start the season. Bridgewater might have been the most impressive quarterback on the field during the team's organized team activity Thursday. He only..." June 06

  • Cassel agrees to two-year deal with Vikings

    CBSSports.com "New Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said this week that he'd love to have Matt Cassel in Minnesota if Matt Cassel wanted to be in Minnesota. Apparently, that's exactly what Cassel wants. The 31-year-old quarterback has agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal with the Vikings, CBS Sports NFL..." March 08

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    Jason La Canfora @JasonLaCanfora

    Fully expect Matt Cassel to hit the open market March 11. He's still been talking to MIN but nothing close. I anticipate he lands in Houston

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    Ben Goessling @GoesslingESPN

    Rick Spielman says on KFAN that the #Vikings will meet with Matt Cassel's agent today. Still want to bring him back.

  • Vikings expected Cassel to opt out, have been in talks with QB

    Fox Sports "Matt Cassel played his hand, betting on himself in free agency. The Minnesota Vikings are holding their cards, for now. General manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer said they weren't surprised Cassel exercised the player option and voided the final year of his two-year contract with..." February 10

  • Matt Cassel officially opts out, will become free agent

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "Matt Cassel had until Friday to decide if he'd exercise the option for the second year of his contract with the Vikings. Darren Wolfson, 1500 ESPN contributor, first reported Wednesday that Cassel intended to void the second year. Now, Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, citing a league..." February 07

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    Ben Goessling @GoesslingESPN

    Cassel could wind up returning to the #Vikings, but he's got enough leverage to make more than $3.7 million. Would be silly not to test it.

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    #Vikings QB Matt Cassel will void his contract for 2014 and become a free agent, per source. Was to make $3.7M, had until Friday to do it

  • Cassel is Vikings' first order of business

    ESPN.com "ow that Super Bowl XLVIII is over and the Seattle Seahawks are basking in one of the most lopsided victories in the game's history, the rest of the NFL is preparing to chase a Super Bowl with warmer weather and fewer Roman numerals. Super Bowl XLIX will be played in Glendale, Ariz., next..." February 03

  • Pushing Freeman as Vikings QB too early hurt Frazier

    USA Today "Leslie Frazier did everything he could to sell players on his gamble, despite signs Josh Freeman wasn't ready to play less than two weeks after signing with the Minnesota Vikings in October. "You could tell Josh did not know the offense," said one of several Vikings players who spoke to USA..." January 01

  • Vikings' Frazier sticking with Matt Cassel

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said Matt Cassel will start in the season finale against the Lions on Sunday with Christian Ponder on the sidelines. Josh Freeman is expected to be inactive for the ninth time in 12 games with the Vikings this season. “[Freeman] picked up things well and..." December 23

  • Cassel brings balance to Vikings' passing game

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Adrian Peterson practiced Wednesday and is on schedule to start Sunday at Cincinnati. Don’t worry, that’s still a good thing. Yes, the Vikings threw for 382 yards and reached their highest point total (48) since Week 16 of the 1998 season without Peterson against the Eagles on Sunday. But no,..." December 19

  • Vikings to start Matt Cassel at QB, but RB is a mystery

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "One Matt will start. Another Matt could join him in the backfield. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier could no longer ignore that Matt Cassel has been statistically the best of his three quarterbacks this season. So Frazier said Wednesday that Cassel will start Sunday's game against Philadelphia at..." December 12

  • Matt Cassel will be Vikings starting QB vs. Ravens

    CBSSports.com "Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel will make his third start of the season when Minnesota plays in Baltimore on Sunday, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Officially, coach Leslie Frazier said it's 'likely' that Cassel will start against the Ravens. Cassel would start over Christian Ponder,..." December 05

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    Baltimore Ravens @Ravens

    Vikings HC Leslie Frazier says if QB Christian Ponder (concussion) doesn't play, Matt Cassel will "probably" start. Ponder evaluated today.

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    Access Vikings @AccessVikings

    More than likely Cassel will start at QB, Frazier says; Ponder hasn't cleared concussion tests.

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Vikings QB Christian Ponder who fractured his rib has been cleared to play but Matt Cassel is Minnesota’s likely starter vs. Carolina.

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    chipscoggins @chipscoggins

    Frazier said cassel or ponder will start Sunday

  • Frazier: "Our quarterback is Christian Ponder"

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "It was unknown whether sitting quarterback Christian Ponder (ribs) would improve a stymied passing attack but backup quarterback Matt Cassel's command was one of many reasons the Minnesota Vikings outlasted the Pittsburgh Steelers' late-game comeback to hold on for the 34-27 win on Sunday in..." September 30

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    Ben Goessling @GoesslingESPN

    Matt Cassel will officially start; Frazier says Ponder has a fractured rib. MBT will be backup.

  • Tom Brady reveals Matt Cassel might start for Vikings in Week 4

    CBSSports.com "Thanks to Bill Belichick's Draconian media policy you'll never hear a New England Patriots break news about the New England Patriots but breaking news about another team? That's a different story. During his weekly press conference on Wednesday Patriots quarterback Tom Brady turned into CBS..." September 26

  • Vikings hope Ponder can do more in practice, Cassel does most work

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said the team hopes Christian Ponder is able to do more work in practice Thursday after being limited on Wednesday because of his rib injury. Frazier said Ponder experienced "some soreness" on Wednesday which prevented him from doing as much work as the team had..." September 26

  • Report: Ponder on short leash for Vikings; could Cassel get nod?

    NFL.com "Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder turned the ball over four times in a Week 1 loss to the Detroit Lions. Despite a playoff appearance last season Ponder can't afford many more games like that if he wants to keep his job. Ponder is on a "much shorter leach" than anyone realizes" Fox..." September 15

  • QB injuries — old and recent — lead Matt Cassel’s path in the NFL.

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Suppose Bernard Pollard had missed Tom Brady’s left knee on that sunny September day five years ago. Suppose those Hall of Fame-bound ligaments hadn’t been snapped leaving the league’s flagship franchise in the hands of a 26-year-old kid who never had even started a game in college let alone the..." August 11

  • Cassel ready to help, challenge Ponder

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Vikings’ quarterback situation could be interesting this season with the club having a solid backup in Matt Cassel. If Christian Ponder doesn’t produce the fans will be clamoring for a change as they always do. It’s not like last season when the backup was Joe Webb who is now playing wide..." July 26

  • Cassel's arrival gives Ponder competition, Vikings insurance

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Coach Leslie Frazier introduced a new drill at the Vikings’ voluntary workouts last week. It’s called two-huddle and used primarily at the college level. In the drill, the first- and second-team offenses line up near midfield. The two units run plays toward opposite end zones, one immediately..." June 11

  • Leslie Frazier: Ponder still Vikings' starter, Cassel is 'insurance'

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The Vikings' signing of Matt Cassel on Thursday indicated to some Vikings fans that there might be a quarterback competition at Winter Park this summer. Not a chance, according to Vikings coach Leslie Frazier. "Christian Ponder is our starting quarterback," Frazier said during an interview..." March 18

  • Vikings sign quarterback Matt Cassel

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Apparently, you weren't the only one disgusted with Joe Webb's performance in the Vikings' wild-card playoff loss at Green Bay. It is indeed confirmed that the Vikings have signed quarterback Matt Cassel, the former Chiefs starter and long-ago Tom Brady backup in New England. Cassel is an..." March 14

  • Chiefs release QB Matt Cassel

    Kansas City Star "The Chiefs today released former starting quarterback Matt Cassel. His departure from the Chiefs became imminent this week when they completed the trade with San Francisco for new starter Alex Smith and signed Smith’s backup, Chase Daniel, as a free agent. The Chiefs tried to trade Cassel,..." March 14

  • Matt Cassel being linked to the Vikings by several reports

    Arrowhead Pride "Matt Cassel has not yet been released by the Kansas City Chiefs. Almost everyone views this a a formality. So much so that folks are already starting to connect Cassel to other teams as the 2013 NFL free agency period nears. The Chiefs could cut Cassel today, clearing space and allowing him a good..." March 12

  • Matt Cassel perhaps now on Cardinals' radar

    Revenge Of The Birds "After rumors that the San Francisco 49ers had a deal in place for quarterback Alex Smith, and then that the Arizona Cardinals had interest as well, the Niners and the Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to a trade that will send Smith to the Chiefs in exchange for draft picks. After the initial..." February 27

  • Kansas City Chiefs will release Matt Cassel due to trade

    The Examiner "That Matt Cassel release is about to go down. The Kansas City Chiefs will officially release Cassel after confirmation came down that the team had agreed to a trade with the San Francisco 49ers. According to a report from Wednesday (Feb. 27), the team is about to part ways with its quarterback of..." February 27

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    Adam Schefter @

    Look for Matt Cassel to be one of the quarterbacks on the Cardinals' radar. Cassel also will receive interest from other teams.

  • Potential Jets: Matt Cassel

    Gang Green Nation "The Alex Smith trade probably makes Matt Cassel's days in Kansas City numbered. Cassel was already a likely cut candidate given that his salary was totally out of line with his production. Now that his replacement is acquired, it is a virtual guarantee his release will come. Like Mark Sanchez,..." February 27

  • Would Matt Cassel really interest Browns?

    ESPN.com "Even if the Browns wanted Alex Smith, the price was too steep for them to acquire him. Smith was traded to Kansas City for a second-round pick in the 2013 draft -- the second selection (No. 34 overall) in the round -- as well as another conditional mid-round pick in 2014, a league source..." February 27