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One More Matt: Vikings Acquire QB Matt Cassel

Posted Mar 15, 2013

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The Vikings entered the 2013 offseason open to the idea of increasing the competition at quarterback behind starter Christian Ponder. With Joe Webb and McLeod Bethel-Thompson already in tow, the Vikings have added another arm to the mix by acquiring former Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots signal-caller Matt Cassel.

With a new general manager and head coach in Kansas City, Cassel fell out of the team’s long-term plans and fell into the Vikings lap. Cassel is an eight-year veteran with 62 career starts who turns 31 in May, and he comes to the Vikings after four seasons in Kansas City. His best season with the Chiefs was in 2010, when he went to the Pro Bowl after throwing for 3,116 yards and compiling a 27-7 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

Cassel, who measures in at 6-4, 230 pounds and was drafted by Bill Belichick and the Patriots in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft, played collegiately at USC and joins fellow Trojans Rhett Ellison, Everson Griffen and Matt Kalil on the Vikings roster.

Career Timeline (notables)
2005: Selected in 7th round by the New England Patriots, where he would play from 2005-08
2006: Ascended Patriots depth chart and served as backup to Tom Brady
2007: Brady's backup during New England's 16-0 regular season.
2008: Was replacement starter after Brady tore his ACL in Week 1 and guided New England to an 11-5 record.
2009: Franchised, and then traded by the Patriots to the Chiefs, where he would play from 2009-12
2010: Started 15 games and passed for 3,116 yards and 27 TDs along the way to Pro Bowl berth
2013: Released by the Chiefs and signed by the Vikings