Tom Brady's backup could be target for Minnesota Vikings

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The Minnesota Vikings are looking for a new quarterback in 2014. After a 2013 where they tried out three, with varying degrees of success, it seems that there will be at least one new signal-caller in Minnesota next season.

Matt Cassel proved to be most successful quarterback last year after spending the first three years of his career as Tom Brady's backup, and now it seems that the Vikings could once again target a Patriots reserve.

Ryan Mallet was passed over by the Vikings in 2011 as they instead selected Christian Ponder with their first round pick.

The Vikings once again have a high draft pick this season where they could select a franchise signal-caller, however ESPN's Ben Goessling has mentioned that Mallet would be a good fit in Minnesota:

"Mallett and Adrian Peterson have a friendly relationship through a mutual coaching connection, and Vikings general manager Rick Spielman has done a number of deals with the Patriots. If the Patriots were open to moving him, it’s possible the Vikings could take a look."

The Vikings would first need to decide where they stand with Cassel and his fellow QB's Christian Ponder and Josh Freeman.

Freeman will most likely be cut but Ponder is due to make over $1.5 million in 2014. Minnesota could also select one of Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles or Teddy Bridgewater if they were to drop to the Vikings at eight.

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