Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel (16) throws the ball against the Detroit Lions in the third quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings won 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Cassel says he's 'super excited' to return to Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings were very much in the free agent quarterback market entering the weekend but they quickly turned that around be re-signing Matt Cassel to a two-year deal before the weekend could even start. Cassel’s deal make him the veteran quarterback Minnesota was coveting and means that neither are in that free agent quarterback market.

Cassel hasn’t spoken directly about his contract but did go out of his way to note his excitement about returning the Vikings and what the new coaching staff can bring.

Per the Pioneer Press:

“I’m ecstatic,” Cassel said. “I’m super excited about being a Viking. … I’m excited about the new coaching staff as well.”

Cassel very much didn’t have to re-sign with the Vikings, so his excitement isn’t empty. He was drawing interest from the Buccaneers and Texans heading into the free agent tampering period, but decided to return to Minnesota. The Vikings need a guy like Cassel and they now have him to lead the team into the future — for now.

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  • Ken Tomlin

    I think that most Viking fans are glad he’s back too. We all know what he is: the ” bridge QB”, and he knows that as well. We also know that last yr he was our best option, and compared to the other FA QBs out there, he was the Vikings best option. I know some may disagree with me, but he does know the other players on the team, and he WANTED to be here!! That’s huge to me! He also seems to be a good teammate. I for one am glad he’s back, now we can focus on def early, and grab a QB later.

    • Patrick Allen

      Cassel can get it done. He needs everything around him to be going right and he isn’t likely to play well against really good defenses but he has proven he can win in the NFL. For a veteran backup, that is pretty much all you can ask for. I’d argue he was the best QB the Vikes has last year.

      • Ken Tomlin

        Agree absolutely. He has great chemistry with Jennings, Patterson will have another yr under his belt. Wright, Rudolph, Ford, and Simpson( if we re-sign him) will give Cassel excellent options. Norv calling the plays, our offense definitely should be even better this yr. ( did avg over 24-27pts a game last yr). Fix our D and we’ll be on our way!!