7:31pm: Cassel’s two-year pact will be worth $10MM, according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com (via Twitter).
7:14pm: The deal is for two years, according to Rapoport (via Twitter).
In six starts this season for the Vikings, Cassel enjoyed a relatively successful, albeit mistake-prone resurgence, amassing 1,807 passing yards with 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Cassel replaced Christian Ponder this past December when the Vikings starter exhibited concussion symptoms after a Week 13 game against the Bears, and Cassel’s new deal further signals that Ponder’s time in Minnesota is coming to an end. Ponder is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and almost certainly won’t be with the Vikings beyond 2014.
Cassel, 31, opted out of the final year of his contract with Minnesota last month. He had been set to earn a little over $3MM on that deal, so the new pact with the Vikings will surely represent a more lucrative payday. Even with Cassel now locked up, Minnesota figures to add at least one more quarterback this offseason, either in free agency or the draft.
Cassel was believed to be drawing interest from Bill O’Brien and the Texans, as recently as yesterday. The Vikings signed Cassel in March of 2013 immediately after the Chiefs decided to cut the 2010 Pro Bowler.