Why else would the Minnesota Vikings resign Matt Cassel to a 2-year, $10 million deal?
Cassel had tons of other options besides Minnesota, and could have been promised a starting job for numerous teams like the Jaguars, Browns or Texans; however, Cassel chose to stay in Minnesota for two more years.
This is interesting.
I don’t mind the move, but I was excited for a rookie quarterback to come in and take the reigns in Minnesota. This is now unlikely with the Cassel resigning.
Rick Spielman made a bold move with this resigning. It’s probable but not certain that he guaranteed Cassel the starting job. In hindsight, Cassel did put up solid numbers with the Vikings last season, throwing for 11 touchdowns and 1,807 yards. If the Vikings sign some offensive line help, Cassel will be a good veteran quarterback for this team.
Currently, Minnesota is a mess on the offensive line and most of the guys that could back up Cassel next season won’t get the job done.
If the Vikings want to reach the playoffs next season with Matt Cassel as the starting quarterback they need to do a few things:
1. Sign good offensive line help through free agency.
2. Add another threat on offense, maybe Darren Sproles?
Of course, the NFL draft will help, but there is no possible way for Minnesota to fill all of its needs there. It all comes down to signing the right guys via free agency to fill the voids.
I question if Rick Spielman has the brains to do that, however.
During Spielman’s tenure as General Manager there have been a few questionable free agency signings. Jerome Simpson is an example. Simpson had off the field issues, something that the Vikings knew they may have to deal with before signing him. Spielman took the gamble on Simpson and it pretty much backfired. Simpson was never the contributor the Vikings thought he was going to be to the offense.
The same goes for the offensive line. Charlie Johnson has been a burden to the offensive line ever since Spielman signed him. Guards are arguably the most important players on the offensive line and Johnson never had much upside, just a player that could fill the hole. He was also a cheap option for the Vikings.
Minnesota needs to acquire more talented players to protect and help Cassel in the offense. Sometimes the cheaper option is a scary route to take and if the Vikings are going to win the division with Cassel as quarterback they need to go big in free agency this offseason.