March 19, 2018

Could Matt Cassel Be An Option for Houston?

Potential free agent in Matt Cassel could easily be in discussion as an option for the Houston Texans for the 2014 season. Owner Bob McNair made it pretty clear that there will be a veteran quarterback on the team for 2014. Which brings us to Cassel, as one of the potential candidates to possible be looked at by the Texans. Cassel decided to opt out of his final season with the Minnesota Vikings and test the market and look for more than his $4.7 million dollar price tag a season.

Cassel could be a quarterback that the Texans kick the tires on, especially with their potential need on a veteran signal caller. What should not be overlooked is who is currently in Houston coaching  and past connections with the Texans in Bill O’Brien and Romeo Crennel.

O’Brien was the wide receiver coach with the New England Patriots when Cassel had a career season, after Tom Brady went down with a torn ACL in the season opener. In 2008, Cassel he set a career high in completion percentage (63.4%) and threw for 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

To make things more interesting, when Crennel arrived to Kansas City as the defensive coordinator, Cassel was the starting quarterback. Then when Crennel took over as the head coach in 2011, Cassel was still the starter for the Chiefs until 2012. With both O’Brien and Crennel in Houston, both know what they are getting with Cassel, and that alone could be enough for the Texans to talk to him.

With the amount of change O’Brien has brought to Houston, he is looking for coaches and personnel that are familiar with his offensive system. Cassel could easily be the mentor figure for the potential young quarterback to come out of the 2014 NFL draft, and could be in line for a quarterback competition to start for week one.

The big issues surrounding Cassel at the moment is that he wants to be a starter and pocket more that $4.7 million a season, which both could be tough to guarantee in Houston. Cassel will not get top dollar in Houston, if he came here, the team still has to make a decision on the three current quarterbacks still under contract in Houston.

Cassel certainly is not the starting quarterback the Texans want for the long haul, but could be a viable option as a veteran depth player. The connections are here in Houston and most importantly the familiarity of the offense, Cassel could be an asset at the right price. The Texans should add him to potential free agent targets when the new league year opens.


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  1. […] and walked away from $3.5 million to test the open market. When Cassel walked away from Minnesota he became a viable option for the Texans, and now it looks like the signs are pointing to a reunion with two of his former […]

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