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Name  Matt Cassel
Born  5/17/1982
Height  6-4
Weight  230
College  USC
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 FoxSports.com.
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.
 
11/13/2012 7:24:00 PM
Description: Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel wouldn't say who his starting quarterback will be for Sunday's game against the Bengals. Brady Quinn (concussion) has been cleared. SOURCE: Adam Teicher, Kansas City Star
Insight: It shouldn't matter the fantasy owners. We just hope whomever Crennel chooses can get the ball to Dwayne Bowe and increase his rapidly shrinking fantasy value.
 
11/7/2012 4:24:00 PM
Description: With quarterback Brady Quinn still recovering from a concussion, Kansas City will go with Matt Cassel under center for Week 10's matchup at Pittsburgh.
Insight: If the Steelers can shut down Eli Manning, they certainly won't have trouble defending the erratic Cassel. This won't be one of Cassel's better fantasy weeks.
 
10/29/2012 4:10:00 PM
Description: Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel is the likely starter for Week 9 against San Diego with Brady Quinn dealing with a head injury.
Insight: Cassel was solid as a replacement for Quinn last weekend, going 20-of-30 for 218 yards and a touchdown.
 
10/18/2012 11:01:00 AM
Description: Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel said he's holding a quarterback competition during the team's bye week between Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn, according to an Associated Press report.
Insight: Cassel (concussion) has been cleared for non-contact work and he should be cleared for full contact next week but he's going to have to share reps with Quinn in practice before Crennel makes his decision. Cassel has shown the ability to get the ball to Dwayne Bowe on a consistent basis so he's the option fantasy owners should be rooting for.
 
10/16/2012 1:50:00 PM
Description: Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel (concussion) has been cleared for non-contact practice according to coach Romeo Crennel. He'll have to pass additional tests next Monday to play in Week 8 against Oakland.
Insight: It's the next step in his return to the field after the Chiefs' bye week. Cassel was quietly productive over the first four week averaging 264 ypg over that span.
 
10/11/2012 4:29:00 PM
Description: Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel (concussion) has officially been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, according to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star. Brady Quinn will start.
Insight: We expect Quinn to turn around and hand off to Jamaal Charles another 25-30 times this week but Dwayne Bowe should still see plenty of targets.
 
10/8/2012 3:31:00 PM
Description: Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel (concussion) has not been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers but Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said it's highly unlikely he'll play, according to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: We expect Brady Quinn to start and the Chiefs to hand it off 25-30 times to Jamaal Charles again in Week 6.