EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Matt Cassel burst on to the NFL scene in 2008 with the New England Patriots, surprising everyone while replacing injured starting quarterback Tom Brady.
Now, after being a free agent for the first time in his eight-year NFL career, Cassel is content with accepting another job as a backup.
Cassel, who reportedly had a deal in place with the Minnesota Vikings just hours after being cut Thursday by the Kansas City Chiefs, believes he's found a "perfect fit" with Minnesota as the backup to Christian Ponder. Cassel, who's started 62 of his past 63 NFL games since filling in for Brady in 2008, understands he's coming to the Vikings as a reserve, a point made clear to him by Minnesota's leadership.
"They conveyed exactly that, that Christian obviously had a great year last year, he went 10-6 and that he's their starting quarterback," Cassel said Friday after officially signing with the Vikings in a reported two-year deal. "And that they were looking to bring someone in...