Matt Cassel, QB, Vikings
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2013 Outlook: Over the Hill (decreased production)Last updated on Jun-21-2013 by Rob Warner
The Vikings learned the hard way that improving their backup QB spot was necessary after Joe Webb fell flat on his face during the playoff loss to Green Bay. The 31 year old Cassel signed a 2-year deal to serve as Christian Ponder's backup and could see starts in the 2nd half of the season if Ponder fails to progress. The USC alum had a solid 2008 season (subbing for an injured Tom Brady), as he threw for 3,693 yards with 21 TDs , 11 INTs and led the Pats to an 11-5 record. In 2010, he finished with 27 TDs and just 7 INTs, but failed to average more than 210 YPG in any of his four seasons with the Chiefs. Over the past two seasons, Cassel battled injuries, suting up for just 18 games. In 47 starts for the Chiefs, he went 19-28 while turning the ball over an alarming 57 times.
The likelihood of the VIkings granting star running back Adrian Peterson's wish and signing quarterback Michael Vick just lessened, as Minnesota re-signed QB Matt Cassel late Friday. The deal is for two years and is worth a reported $10 million. With that move, it's unlikely the Vikings would bring in a third QB to compete for their starting job.
Cassel was the Vikings most effective quarterback in 2013. But, that's not really saying a whole lot. He played in nine games, starting six, amassing 1,807 yards and 11 touchdowns, while also throwing nine interceptions. Their quarterback play was probably the biggest factor in their disappointing 5-10-1 season.Fantasy Analysis:
Heading into the 2014 fantasy season, there are a handful of things that will be on my "avoid-at-all-costs" list. The Vikings quarterback situation is one of them.
The team used three different starters in 2013; Cassel, Christian Ponder, and Josh Freeman. None of them set the world on fire, and two of them will be back in 2013. With Vick being the unanimous best option in the upcoming free agent signing period, there was a glimmer of optimism after Peterson tweeted his desire to bring Vick aboard. That glimmer is now gone with the team handing $5 million/year to Cassel.
It sounds like the team is not giving up on their 2011 first round (#12 overall) pick, Ponder. By re-signing Cassel, a 10 year veteran, the team has shown that they feel a Ponder/Cassel combo at the position is good enough to help the team get back to the playoffs. After making it to the postseason in 2012, the Vikings digressed in 2013 with their 5-10-1 record.
WIth this news coming only a day after Peterson's pro-Vick tweet, let's hope the Vikings know what they're doing, because an unhappy star is the last thing any team wants. Monitor the play of Cassel and Ponder in the pre-season and approachWR Cordarrelle Patterson with caution. He's a stud-in-the-making, but a bad QB could definitely de-value the young speedster.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors3/8 - Following AP's vote for Vick, Vikings re-sign QB Cassel
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