Vikings w/ #1 QB on Their Mind – Cassel Anyone?

From: Pioneer Press

It was clear Thursday after Brad Childress’ postseason media gathering that the Vikings’ coach has no No. 1 quarterback heading into next season. That makes it a good bet the team will pursue New England’s Matt Cassel if the Patriots are reasonable about a trade. If not, the next best bet for a starting quarterback appears to be Seattle’s Matt Hasselbeck.

With the Vikings expected to save about $13 million by not re-signing free agents Matt Birk, Darren Sharper and Jim Kleinsasser, and saving at least an additional $5 million in guaranteed money that it would have taken to extend quarterback Tarvaris Jackson’s contract, the team should have the resources to justify spending on a clear No. 1 quarterback.

Jackson, whom the Vikings still figure has considerable upside, is expected to return to backup status. Cassel, expected to be given the franchise tag by New England, could cost the Vikings as much as $30 million in guaranteed money, plus first- and second-round draft picks. Hasselbeck might cost a second- or third-round draft pick that could escalate if he were to perform well.

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