Minnesota Vikings quarterback, Matt Cassel , who emerged from a fight with three other players to become a starter for the final month of the season, could now see if his actions in 2013 will allow him to get a better contract free agency.
Cassel could meet with Bill O'Brien in Houston. Cassel's intention is not to make valid option for the 2014 season on his contract.
Cassel is scheduled to receive $3.7 million in 2014 if he stays with the Vikings. Both sides have an option in the agreement; Cassel had to make the decision tomorrow, while the Vikings have until the seventh day of the calendar league to cut Cassel otherwise would have to pay him $500,000 as a bonus.
With many teams looking for a quarterback - including the Vikings - Cassel has evidently decided to try his luck.
Cassel participated in nine games, starting six of them in which he got 1,807 yards, 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions .
Cassel passed for 382 yards in a surprising 48-30 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles against the Vikings on December 15.
Cassel also was starter in three of the five wins of the team, replacing the injured Christian Ponder in the other two games.
Cassel will turn 32 in May, but could take advantage of several teams looking for a quarterback during the offseason.
The Vikings have the eighth pick in the draft , and there are behind several teams - Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Oakland Raiders, which will be looking for a quarterback at the draft.
The former Chiefs player could still reach an agreement with the Vikings to give them the option of having a veteran if they decide to bring in a young quarterback.
On the other hand, Cassel could find a better offer with another team. Houston Texans could be a good port with a new head coach; Bill O'Brien worked with him at New England.
With Cassel about to try his luck in free agency, Ponder is the only quarterback under contract with the Vikings. Only the following days will show if going free agent for Cassel was the right call or not.
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