The Pioneer Press in Minnesota is reporting that it appears likely that the Vikings will pursue free agent quarterback Matt Cassel:
It’s looking more likely than ever that the quarterback the Vikings will target is the Patriots’ Matt Cassel, who could cost $30 million in guaranteed money as well as first- and second-round draft picks. The Vikings’ first-round pick is expected to be between Nos. 21 and 23 overall this spring.
This tells us a couple things. First, it tells us that a market for Matt Cassel is forming. $30 million guaranteed? That more than twice as much as we’d be offering him with the franchise tag.
This also tells us a little about Cassel’s trade value. If the Patriots franchised Cassel, then determined Brady was ready to go (health-wise), this shows that they could get a lot via trade. Cassel is young, and has proven he can play at the pro level.