Report: Matt Cassel voids final year of contract, to hit free agency

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Matt Cassel is going to look at his options for 2014. (USATSI)
Matt Cassel is going to look at his options for 2014. (USATSI)

Of the three quarterbacks that started for the Vikings last season, Matt Cassel had the most success, recording a better quarterback rating than Christian Ponder and Josh Freeman, owning a better touchdown-to-interception ratio (11-9 for Cassel), and winning a higher percentage of games.

While it seems unlikely that new Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and the front office would feel comfortable about that quarterbacking trio heading into 2014, Cassel has reportedly decided to see how much he's worth on the free agent market.

According to ESPN 1500, Cassel will void the final year of his contract, worth $3.7 million. Cassel had until Friday to decide what to do, and since he had success last season in Minnesota, there's a good chance he could make more money as a free agent.

Perhaps even with the Vikings, who hold the No. 8 overall pick and likely will take a quarterback. As the NFLDraftScout.com guys predict, the Vikings will take Fresno State's Derek Carr with that selection. But that doesn't matter. Even if Cassel were to return to Minnesota as a backup/spot starter he'd want to be more secure in his contract.

Which is why this power move makes sense for Cassel.

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