Matt Cassel MIN -QBjoins the Vikings
FOX's Jay Glazer reports that the Minnesota Vikings have reached a deal with QB Matt Cassel. The former Chiefs starter played his way out of the lineup in K.C. and then got released today. He's a big upgrade over Joe Webb, however, as Christian Ponder's backup. If Ponder struggles early the season the way he did late last year, Cassel will quicky become one of the most popular Vikings. Ideally, Cassel's presence will push Ponder to improve his game. Minnesota needs to significantly upgrade its WR corps to help ou the QBs, though.
Update: Adam Schefter reports that Cassel will compete with Ponder for the starting job. We give Ponder the edge on upside.
Matt Cassel MIN -QBreleased by Chiefs
The Chiefs have finally released QB Matt Cassel. They tried hard to trade him but couldn't even get a late-round pick for a guy they gave up a 2nd-rounder for just 4 years ago. Cassel finishes his Chiefs career with a 57% completion rate, a 59:44 TD-to-INT ratio, and a19-28 record. We've heard the Bucs and Vikings are interested in his services, but he'd be brought in as a backup in either place.
Matt Cassel MIN -QBwill be released
Due $7.5 million in 2013, QB Matt Cassel was never going to last in Kansas City. The Chiefs' impending trade for QB Alex Smith punches Cassel's ticket out of town. ESPN's Adam Schefter lists the Cardinals, Jets and Vikings as teams that could be interested. Arizona might be Cassel's best chance at a starting job, but he's a poor fit in HC Bruce Arians' vertical passing attack. Cassel would look better in the Jets' west coast scheme under OC Marty Mornhinweg, although we're not sure he'd even be able to beat out Mark Sanchez. We're betting against Cassel winning a starting job this summer. And he won't be a fantasy factor even if he does.
Matt Cassel MIN -QBa question mark in K.C.
Chiefs HC Andy Reid told The Kansas City Star that it's "too early in the process" to say whether QB Matt Cassel will remain a Chief in 2013. Translation: Cassel's $7.5 million salary is definitely too much. But we have to figure out if a better option is available. Cassel got benched for Brady Quinn, who is heading into free agency. Quinn also proved less than stellar. K.C.'s QB situation might be the most wide open in the league. Hey, Arizona would probably be willing to trade Kevin Kolb back to Reid.
Matt Cassel MIN -QBbenched at halftime
Chiefs QB Matt Cassel was benched in favor of Brady Quinn at halftime of Sunday's game. Cassel finished 8 of 16 for 93 yards. Kansas City's QB situation remains hands-off in fantasy.
Matt Cassel MIN -QBwill start Week 10
Chiefs QB Matt Cassel will start Monday night's game against the Steelers. QB Brady Quinn still hasn't been medically cleared to return from that concussion. Cassel obviously isn't a fantasy option, but he continues to do a better job than Quinn of getting the ball to WR Dwayne Bowe.
Matt Cassel MIN -QBwill start Week 9
Chiefs QB Matt Cassel will start Thursday night's game against the Chargers. QB Brady Quinn has been ruled out with what's believed to be a concussion. Cassel has completed less than 60% of his passes this season with 6 TDs and 10 INTs. He went for a 251-2-3 line against San Diego back in Week 4. Cassel isn't a fantasy option, but his return to the starting lineup should be considered good news for WR Dwayne Bowe.
Matt Cassel MIN -QBbenched in favor of Brady Quinn
The Chiefs have named Brady Quinn their starting QB for Week 8. QB Matt Cassel was reportedly cleared from his Week 5 concussion, so this is a flat-out benching. It sounds like HC Romeo Crennel is making a move to send a message to the rest of the team. "During my evaluation and trying to impact the team I felt that probably the most impactful move that I could make to get everybody's attention was to change the QB," Crennel said. Inserting a guy with a career 53% completion rate, 5.4 yards-per-attempt average, and 10:11 TD-to-INT ratio will make an impact -- just not a positive one. Cassel had been pretty bad in his own right, but at least he was getting the ball to WR Dwayne Bowe. The move to Quinn is bad news for Bowe and the rest of the Chiefs' offense (i.e. Jamaal Charles).
Matt Cassel MIN -QBruled out for Week 6
Chiefs QB Matt Cassel (concussion) has officially been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bucs. He's yet to pass his baseline tests. QB Brady Quinn will start in his place but obviously isn't a fantasy option. We'd downgrade WR Dwayne Bowe a bit too. While Cassel was playing poorly, he was targeting Bowe a whopping 11 times per game. It remains to be see if Quinn will look Bowe's way that often.
Matt Cassel MIN -QB"highly unlikely" to play Week 6
Chiefs HC Romeo Crennel admits that QB Matt Cassel is "highly unlikely" to play against the Bucs this weekend. Cassel sustained a concussion on Sunday, but the decision is made even easier by his brutal play so far this season. Of course, QB Brady Quinn doesn't figure to fare much better. It's bad news for WR Dwayne Bowe, who was being force-fed by Cassel.
Matt Cassel MIN -QBhas potential concussion
Updating a previous item, Chiefs QB Matt Cassel sustained a potential concussion in Sunday's game against the Ravens. Cassel was miserable before exiting, completing just 9 of 15 passes for 92 yards with 0 TDs and 2 INTs. He'll likely stick as KC's starter, if only because Brady Quinn is their next best option. Cassel will need to pass his baseline tests first though.
Matt Cassel MIN -QBout with shoulder injury
Chiefs QB Matt Cassel left in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game with what looked like a shoulder injury. He got drilled by big, bad Haloti Ngata. QB Brady Quinn is now in the game.
Matt Cassel MIN -QBstarting job in jeopardy?
Chiefs HC Romeo Crennel didn't express much confidence in QB Matt Cassel on Monday, hinting that QB Brady Quinn might start seeing 1st-team practice reps. "We'll see as the week goes on," Crennel said. That's Brady freakin' Quinn! Cassel has been horrendous this season, completing just 58% of his passes with 5 TDs and 10 turnovers (7 INTs, 3 fumbles). It follows a 2011 campaign that saw him give it away 11 times in 9 games. We're not expecting the Chiefs to hand the starting job to Quinn while they're paying Cassel big bucks, but Cassel shouldn't be anywhere near fantasy lineups.
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