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QB Matt Cassel agrees to terms with Vikings

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

The Chiefs mercifully put an end to the Matt Cassel era on Thursday, releasing the quarterback into the wild of free agency. And just a few hours after he became a free agent, the Vikings pounced on him, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports.

It's an interesting marriage, one first reported by Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, but not an unexpected one. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the deal is worth $4 million.

It's a move that simultaneously makes sense for Minnesota and brings into question their faith in incumbent starter Christian Ponder.

Ponder was a first-round pick for the Vikings in 2011, but he hasn't done a whole lot to justify his selection thus far. The Florida State product has completed just 59.2 percent of his passes in 27 games (26 starts) for 4,788 yards, 31 touchdowns and 25 interceptions.

Cassel hasn't exactly lit it up, though: After making the Pro Bowl in 2010, he completed 58.8 percent of his passes for 3,509 yards, 16 touchdowns and 21 interceptions 17 starts over two seasons.

It won't help matters that the Vikings currently don't have much to offer in the way of weapons, either. After losing Percy Harvin in a trade to the Seahawks, the Vikings are perilously thin at wideout.

They'll likely add someone -- at least someone other than wideout Jerome Simpson, anyway -- in either free agency or the draft. And maybe they end up adding a first-round pick like Tavon Austin and grabbing Greg Jennings in free agency.

But if they don't, it could result in Ponder struggling early and an uncomfortable situation if Vikings fans start calling for Cassel.

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