Bucs Lose Out On Matt CasselMarch 14th, 2013
Bucs coach Greg Schiano has been adamant about
competition looking for a better backup for Bucs starting quarterback Josh Freeman. It seems one of those targets to compete with backup Freeman is now signed elsewhere.
Dan Hanzus of NFL.com reports the Bucs lost out on Cassel because Cassel believed he had a better shot at beating out Christian Ponder than Freeman.
Fox Sports Insider and NFL Network contributor Jay Glazer reported Thursday that the Vikings have agreed to terms on a contract with Matt Cassel. NFL.com’s Albert Breer reported, per a source, that Cassel picked the Vikings over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Cassel, who turns 31 in May, has a 29-33 career record as a starter with 82 touchdown, 57 interceptions and a passer rating of 80.4. Cassel spent the past four seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, who recently replaced him as starter by trading for Alex Smith. Cassel was released earlier Thursday.
This is a smart move by the Vikings, whose lack of depth at QB was laid bare in the NFC wild-card round. Joe Webb struggled mightily in place of an injured Ponder in a loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Joe is not broken up by this. Shoot, Cassel’s turnover ratio made Freeman’s struggles look like he was Tom Brady. Cassel was nothing less than a turnover machine and was benched for Brady Quinn of all people!
David Carr is still there for the taking for Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik.