National Football League
Name  Matt Cassel
Born  5/17/1982
Height  6-4
Weight  230
College  USC
3/4/2015 1:10:00 PM
Description: The Bills have traded for quarterback Matt Cassel.
Insight: Buffalo continues to make changes to their roster. Cassel is not a sexy name, but will have a chance to compete for the starting job with E.J. Manuel
9/21/2014 4:34:00 PM
Description: Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel has suffered a broken foot.
Insight: It was originally thought to be a toe injury, but the news is much worse for Cassel. He will be out an extended period of time, leaving Teddy Bridewater with the keys to the castle.
9/21/2014 2:02:00 PM
Description: Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel left the game with a left toe injury.
Insight: Teddy Bridgewater is now under center, and while Cassel was able to limp off, he was then carted off into the locker room. Officially Cassel is questionable to return, but looks like his day his through.
Cold9/14/2014 4:18:00 PM
Description: Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel was ugly in his second start of the season (19-of-36 for 202 yards, 1 TD, 4 INTs.).
Insight: He doesn't have to win games, but he can't lose them like he did today, if he doesn't want to find himself watching the rookie Teddy Bridgewater.
9/12/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel led his team to an easy Week 1 win over the St. Louis Rams which should keep the rookie (Teddy Bridgewater) on the bench for a little while longer.
Insight: Cassel didn't put up fantasy-worthy numbers because of the big lead, but went 17-of-25 for 170 yards and a pair of scores. At some point this season the rookie will get a chance to start, but not this weekend.
8/25/2014 9:20:00 PM
Description: The Vikings have named Matt Cassel the starting quarterback for Week 1 against the Rams.
Insight: Cassel is just keeping the seat warm for Teddy Bridgewater. The 32-year-old was respectable last year for the Vikings, completing 60.2 percent of his passes, averaging 7.11 yards per attempt and posting an 11/9 TD/INT ratio. Minnesota OC Norv Turner was able to get 4,372 yards and 26 touchdowns out of Cleveland's trio of Jason Campbell, Brandon Weeden and Brian Hoyer last season, so he should be able to build a decent passing offense with Cassel under center. Cassel starting shouldn't hurt the fantasy value of Adrian Peterson, Kyle Rudolph or Cordarrelle Patterson.
8/18/2014 4:52:00 PM
Description: Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel will start Minnesota's third preseason game against Kansas City on Saturday according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Insight: That means Cassel will have started all three preseason games so far. Rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater played well in the second preseason game, completing 16 of 20 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns, but the third starting nod for Cassel would indicate he is clearly ahead in the competition. Cassel is 17-for-22 with 239 yards and a touchdown this preseason.
7/21/2014 4:18:00 PM
Description: Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel is expected to be the starter for Game 1, according to former Vikings beat reporter and USA Today's Tom Pelissero.
Insight: Whether he keeps the job all season is another story, but the veteran should get the nod early on.
3/7/2014 8:12:00 PM
Description: The Vikings have agreed to re-sign quarterback Matt Cassel.
Insight: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says it's a two-year, $10 million deal. Cassel's return will squash any rumors about a Mike Vick signing. Cassel's 60.2 completion percentage this season was his highest since 2008. That was the season Cassel started in place of Tom Brady (torn ACL).
2/5/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: Quarterback Matt Cassel is opting for free agency. SOURCE: ESPN 1500 Twin Cities
Insight: He has until Friday to opt out of his contract with Minnesota and apparently that's exactly what Cassel plans on doing. Cassel probably would have started for the Vikings next season had he decided to stay. Of course, that's still an option for Cassel if the two sides are willing to work something out. The Browns, Texans and Jaguars are all expected to have openings at quarterback though all three will have a chance to address that issue on draft day if they choose to.
12/23/2013 5:33:00 PM
Description: The Vikings will stick with Matt Cassel as their starting quarterback in Week 17 against the Lions.
Insight: Cassel is coming off a four-turnover game in Week 16 against the Bengals but will play a softer defense in Week 17. He's a low-end QB2.
Hot12/16/2013 8:38:00 PM
Description: The Vikings will use Matt Cassel as their starting quarterback for the rest of the season. SOURCE: Chris Mortensen, ESPN
Insight: Cassel has actually done fairly well as the starter, going 2-2 with nine touchdowns and five interceptions. His 90.7 QB rating is his highest since 2010. He'll have his work cut out for him against the Bengals in Week 16 (seventh-best at defending the pass).
Hot12/16/2013 9:33:00 AM
Description: Matt Cassel will start for Minnesota Sunday against Cincinnati next weekend, according to a report from Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press
Insight: That shouldn't come as a shock to anyone after he engineered an upset of Philadelphia, throwing for 382 yards and two scores and running for a third. The news should also make Greg Jennings owners happy as he has posted much better numbers with Cassel under center.
12/11/2013 2:16:00 PM
Description: According to ESPN's Ben Goessling, Matt Cassel will start for Minnesota Sunday against the Eagles.
Insight: Cassel has been Minnesota's only competent option at quarterback this season and will likely close out the season under center barring some kind of disaster. However, he's too risky to start as a QB2.
10/10/2013 10:23:00 AM
Description: It appears that Matt Cassel has officially passed Christian Ponder on the team's quarterback depth chart. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Christian Ponder (rib injury) has been cleared to play Sunday against Carolina but Leslie Frazier has decided that Cassel will get the start instead. With Adrian Peterson as the focal point, we wouldn't expect Cassel to throw for 300 yards but he should at least be good for four quarters of relatively mistake-free football.
Hot9/30/2013 10:10:00 AM
Description: Minnesota quarterback Matt Cassel is likely to start again after the Week 5 bye given that he led the Vikings to their first win of the season.
Insight: The inconsistent Christian Ponder sat out the game with a rib injury and while coach Leslie Frazier said Ponder was still his starter, we have our doubts. The Cassel-led Vikings scored a season-high 34 points on Pittsburgh as he passed for 248 yards and two scores without an interception. Ponder has thrown at least one interception in each game he's played this season.
9/27/2013 1:45:00 PM
Description: Minnesota quarterback Matt Cassel will start in place on injured Christian Ponder (ribs) against Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Insight: The inconsistent Christian Ponder hasn't done much all season, so if Cassell plays well against the Steelers he could take the job away from Ponder. It has been three years since Cassel was fantasy relevant, so don't go running to the waiver wire to claim him, unless you are very weak at the position.
3/14/2013 3:37:00 PM
Description: After being released earlier today, quarterback Matt Cassel has signed on with the Minnesota Vikings, according to Jay Glazer of
Insight: The inconsistent Christian Ponder has already been named the Vikings starting quarterback going into his third professional season. Cassel won't challenge the starting job but does provide the Vikings with a capable backup who can start a few games if needed.
3/14/2013 12:51:00 PM
Description: As expected, the Chiefs cut ties with Matt Cassel Thursday afternoon.
Insight: Kansas City got one good year and three bad ones out the six-year, $63 million contract Cassel signed in 2009. He'll have to settle for a backup job somewhere but even if he starts a few games in 2013 he won't have any fantasy value.
2/27/2013 8:37:00 PM
Description: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Chiefs will cut quarterback Matt Cassel now that the team has completed a trade for Alex Smith.
Insight: Cassel is already attracting interest from the quarterback-starved Cardinals. Arizona might be the only team that Cassel has a realistic chance of starting for next season.