Bills trade for Matt Cassel
The Buffalo Bills agreed to terms on a trade with the Minnesota Vikings for Matt Cassel.
The Bills will swap their first fifth-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft for the Vikings’ 2015 sixth-rounder and also give Minnesota a 2016 seventh-rounder to acquire the rights for Cassel, FOX Sports 1’s NFL insider Alex Marvez reported. The Bills were already without a first-round or a fourth-round selection in the 2015 draft.
Cassel has $4.15 million base salary this season and some bonuses due, so the trade will create close to $5 million more in salary cap space for the Vikings.
Matt Cassel won 10 games as a starter with the Patriots in 2008. Since then, he’s won a total of 23 starts over six seasons. Since 2009, the only qualifying QB with a worse QBR is Mark Sanchez, who like Cassel is a former USC QB who played for Rex Ryan in the NFL.
Cassel, 32, is expected to compete with EJ Manuel to become the Bills’ starter at quarterback this season. Manuel was benched after four games last season in favor of Kyle Orton, who retired after the season.