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Minnesota Vikings Matt Cassel to become free agent

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Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel is to become a free agent, according to's Ian Rapoport.

Via Twitter he disclosed that Cassel is voiding his contract with the team to release him for 2014, according to a source.

Cassel played nine games for the Vikings last season, after being picked up from the Kansas City Chiefs.

His time at the Vikings saw him achieve 1,807 yards and 11 TD's. In nine games he achieved an 81.6% rating and suffered nine interceptions.

Presumably the team will now look to Josh Freeman to back up Christian Ponder and their offensive line, after they experimented with many different options at QB, resulting in a 5-10-1 record.

Cassel reportedly gives up a guaranteed $3.75million in his quest for regular football, and with at least two other former starting QB's expected to be available in free agency (Michael Vick, Mark Sanchez), competition will be high.

The Vikings are looking for a lot of changes in fortune in 2014 as they start their first full season in their new home and and put behind a few years of uncertain offense.

Since 2009, the Vikings have had seven starting QB's, including Brett Farve, Donovan McNabb and Tarvaris Jackson as well as their current rostered players.

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