Matt Cassel was scheduled to make $3.7 million in 2014 for the Vikings, but instead he has decided to opt out of his contract with the team and test the free agent market. After all, the Vikings probably don’t need another season with a dozen backup caliber quarterbacks on the roster.
While most will laugh that Cassel thinks he can be a full-time starter somewhere, and not unjustifiably so, the free agent quarterback market isn’t the greatest after the Bears secured Jay Cutler to a long-term deal before the season ended. But hey, there’s always Michael Vick. And the Jets will probably cut Mark Sanchez.
The Texans are a possible and intriguing destination for Cassel. They’re unlikely to hang onto Matt Schaub given his price and status as the most hated person in the city of Houston. While Houston is also almost certain to draft a quarterback with the top pick in the draft, Cassel could have a chance to start some games if young QB struggles or the team opts to sit him for the first few games of the year.
In the meantime, the only quarterback the Vikings have under contract is Christian Ponder. Good luck, Mike Zimmer!