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Cassel spent two years with the Vikings, taking over in 2013 after Christian Ponder struggled to keep the job. Cassel's production was up and down, with a total of 14 touchdown passes and 14 turnovers in 12 games. Now he will unite with brash and outspoken Bills coach Rex Ryan. The Bills have expressed a desire to add at least two quarterbacks for 2015 so prospective fantasy owners should hold their horses.
Cassel broke his left foot in Sunday's 20-9 loss to the New Orleans Saints. "You work so hard in the offseason to give yourself an opportunity to go out there and play, and then to have it happen this early in the season, especially with the belief that I have in this team, the thoughts of going on and having a lot of success this year, and for it to happen this early is super devastating to me," Cassel said.
Cassel finished 19 for 36 for 202 yards with one TD and four interceptions against his good friend Tom Brady. There is no debating who got the bragging rights after this mismatch.
Cassel has been sharp while starting all three preseason games. He has completed more than 66 percent of his passes for 367 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He opened training camp in competition with rookie Teddy Bridgewater for the starting job.
The person says the two sides reached an agreement Friday, one day before Cassel would be able to open negotiations with other teams.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because he was not authorized to discuss Cassel's decision, which leaves Christian Ponder as the Vikings' only quarterback under contract. Cassel would have made $3.7 million next season if he exercised the option by Friday.