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Zimmer wants Cassel, if Cassel wants the Vikings

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Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel opted out of the second year of his two-year contract, making him a free agent on March 11.  At a time when many presume he’ll leave, the team’s new coach wants Cassel to return.  But only if Cassel wants to return.

“I would love to have Matt Cassel back if Matt Cassel wants to be back,” Zimmer said Thursday, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.  “I don’t know if that will happen or won’t happen.  But we’re going to find a quarterback somewhere. . . .   If Matt wants to come back, I’m sure that we’ll get it worked out.”

Zimmer realizes that, before Cassel can pick the Vikings, Cassel will look at what’s avaiable.

“I think everyone wants to explore,” Zimmer said. “He’s got a bunch of pretty girls looking at him right now, and he wants to explore and see what’s best for him.”

If Cassel’s objective is to play, the prettiest girl could be the one he’s currently dating.  After getting burned by using the 12th overall pick on Christian Ponder in 2011, the Vikings may be inclined to not use the eighth overall pick this season on a quarterback.  Maybe with Cassel, who had a direct role in each of the team’s five wins last season, the Vikings could let Norv Turner work his magic with Cassel while perhaps taking a swing at a mid-round prospect who could become a Russell Wilson for Zimmer and company.

Ultimately, a team’s plans for Cassel will be revealed by the financial investment they’re willing to make.

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60 Responses to “Zimmer wants Cassel, if Cassel wants the Vikings”
  1. thepftpoet says: Mar 6, 2014 6:19 PM

    Matt Cassell lost his chance to be a competent backup on the future dynasty Vikings.

    He has no viable chance at getting a Super Bowl ring now.

    Michael Vick will come to MN and be a solid backup during our domination next season.

    This is the most talent the Vikings have had since 1998 on one team.

    #Skol

  2. sdcameron says: Mar 6, 2014 6:22 PM

    Zimmer looks a lot like David Koechner and I am just now realizing it.

  3. ariani1985 says: Mar 6, 2014 6:22 PM

    Hey green bay, it’s coach’s like this one that have eliminated you from the playoffs in the first round of the playoffs for 5 straight years!

  4. seatownballers says: Mar 6, 2014 6:25 PM

    What about Freeman and Ponder? Now Cassel? An article earlier said Peterson likes Vick. Fans on here like Bortles, Bridgewater, Manziel, Mccarron.

    This is all smoke folks.

  5. f1restarter says: Mar 6, 2014 6:25 PM

    Matt Cassel doesn’t want the Vikings because the Vikings are losers. He wants to have a chance to win a championship, much like Jared Allen.

    The Vikings only sign players who already have that elusive Super Bowl ring and now just want to make a truckload of money.

    Just ask Greg Jennings.

  6. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 6, 2014 6:26 PM

    No I don’t think so Mike. He just doesn’t strike enough confidence to appease Adrian Peterson is my guess, pick somebody else. Maybe somebody that rhymes with “pick”?

    And thanks for the dating advice that implies a relationship is just about the man determining how well a woman is good for that man. Lovely outlook coach.

  7. thevikesarebest says: Mar 6, 2014 6:26 PM

    He wants a chance to play the terrible Turdbay packer defense twice year.maybe if they are blow outs(which they most likely will be)we can switch him in and let him toss a couple Tds.SKOL

  8. chillyball says: Mar 6, 2014 6:31 PM

    Sorry folks. Pftpoet escaped his rubber room. We got him back so everything is fine now. Please ignore his outlandish comments.

    —normal vikings fans everywhere

    Skol.

  9. grantsbuds says: Mar 6, 2014 6:31 PM

    Drew Pearson sucks.
    Signed,
    Purple People Eaters

  10. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Mar 6, 2014 6:33 PM

    The pftpoet does NOT speak for the Vikings die hard fan base. He’s an embarrassment, and is kind of like what filthymcnasty1 is to Green Bay’s stupid fanbase.

  11. sfgamblers says: Mar 6, 2014 6:34 PM

    Why don’t these coaches learn??? Zimmer if you go with Cassell you will lose your job. BTW the Vikings suck and always will. Way to go D-Bag Poet.

  12. brudog says: Mar 6, 2014 6:40 PM

    Isn’t that considered tampering if he is not a free agent until the 11th???

  13. brudog says: Mar 6, 2014 6:41 PM

    Oops nevermind…lol

  14. 1952vikefan says: Mar 6, 2014 6:42 PM

    Vikings get Vick I will be Sick!! I Would Root ForThe Cheese Cakes Before Vick & Vikings

  15. grruffgrruff says: Mar 6, 2014 6:42 PM

    Zimmer looks a lot like David Koechner and I am just now realizing it.

    More like an older Gruden/Howdy Dowdy.

  16. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 6, 2014 6:43 PM

    Zimmer may not be from the same coaching tree as Jim Schwartz but he sure looks like he fell from the same biological tree.

  17. jbaxt says: Mar 6, 2014 6:44 PM

    Cassel can get you to the playoffs but that’s his limit. Unless you have Seattle’s defense you need a QB. Pick your poison, spend on d and get Cassel back or Trade for a real QB costing you a 1st rounder and set you back a few years for development. The Vikings only have one option. If I were them I’m trade Peterson, get a few high picks, get Cassel back, and have a young guy watch him for a year. Then 2-3 years you should be young and ready for a playoff run.

  18. grruffgrruff says: Mar 6, 2014 6:44 PM

    The pftpoet does NOT speak for the Vikings die hard fan base. He’s an embarrassment, and is kind of like what filthymcnasty1 is to Green Bay’s stupid fanbase.

    Or logicalvoicesays for Washington…
    where is he by the way…

  19. elliottcovert says: Mar 6, 2014 6:45 PM

    Cassel would be the best fit for a Norv Turner offense in my view and he’s a proven commodity. The Vikings should make a concerted effort to keep him around next season.

    He may be genuinely be interested in the Texans, but we can’t be sure that he’s not leaking this information to raise his price as well.

  20. schmitty2 says: Mar 6, 2014 6:45 PM

    “I think everyone wants to explore,” Zimmer said. “He’s got a bunch of pretty girls looking at him right now, and he wants to explore and see what’s best for him.”

    Considering the way he plays he should accept any girl who would have him.

  21. purpleguy says: Mar 6, 2014 6:46 PM

    He’s not the long term answer, but I’d take Cassel over the other QB junk floating out there. Hopefully he doesn’t hold the ridiculous way Frazier used him against the Vikes.

    And I don’t know how you can tamper with your own FA brudog.

  22. chargrz says: Mar 6, 2014 6:46 PM

    Cassell, Ponder, Freeman, Vick, what is the difference? They are all bad. Time to go back to the draft. They should trade back in the 1st round and get either Carr or Garapolo.

  23. ez4u2sa says: Mar 6, 2014 6:53 PM

    Cassel is playing this smart. He realizes he has one more chance for a big payday and he’s not going to let it get away.

  24. banlarson says: Mar 6, 2014 6:54 PM

    Cassell is the best option for the Vikings. He played very well when given the starting role the last few games. The issues where with the defense not being able to stop anyone. Everyone knows Cassell isn’t a long term solution, but he is more than adequate with our talent if the defense is improved and Turner is given a young QB to groom for a year or two.

  25. r8rsfan says: Mar 6, 2014 7:00 PM

    —normal vikings fans everywhere
    ————-
    There is such a thing?

  26. wipackman1265 says: Mar 6, 2014 7:01 PM

    Love it. Vikings will stink another 20 years in a row

  27. ishotthesharrif says: Mar 6, 2014 7:03 PM

    Anyone want to wager a guess as to whether or not pftpoet, logicalvoicesays and filthymcnasty1 are the same dude that lives in his parent’s basement with nothing better to do than troll fball internet chat rooms under multiple aliases?

  28. purplefail says: Mar 6, 2014 7:09 PM

    Poor AP…this vikes suck All Career not just All Day. Please trade the best back in the league…skohwhowekidding

  29. tomcous says: Mar 6, 2014 7:13 PM

    Trolls should atleast have a sense of humor I think … the trolls on here just aren’t funny.

  30. backdapack4evr says: Mar 6, 2014 7:16 PM

    Maybe Zimmer can bring the pretty girls he’s talking about on his love boat!!
    Another clown coach in a clown franchise!!
    Lol

  31. seahonky says: Mar 6, 2014 7:16 PM

    Anyone want to wager a guess as to whether or not pftpoet, logicalvoicesays and filthymcnasty1 are the same dude that lives in his parent’s basement with nothing better to do than troll fball internet chat rooms under multiple aliases?

    You can add thevikesarebest too. Always the first trolls to comment

  32. jazz11001 says: Mar 6, 2014 7:26 PM

    I just don’t get why everyone is hating on Freeman. He was awesome until the bucs changed coaches, he had one start on a team that was clearly in dismay and Fraizer was trying to keep his job. I didn’t see any disruptive behavior because he wasn’t starting and the playbook was atrocious so all 3 QB’s stunk equally. He is young, has a cannon for an arm and fits Norv’s offense to a T. Sorry AP but Vick will end up in Tampa

  33. wafflestomp says: Mar 6, 2014 7:27 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Mar 6, 2014 6:22 PM

    Hey green bay, it’s coach’s like this one that have eliminated you from the playoffs in the first round of the playoffs for 5 straight years!
    ————————————————————————————–

    I’m not sure what’s more embarrassing, that this dolt keeps posting this misinformation over and over again.
    (Packers won the Super Bowl in 2010 and they beat your Vikings in the playoffs just 2 years ago. Hello? McFly!!!)
    Or the fact that this idiot fan base keeps giving him thumbs up. Shaking my head.

  34. ragnarthegreat says: Mar 6, 2014 7:29 PM

    I have been a vikings fan for decades and am as hungry as the next guy for a superbowl ring. But it is going to be hard as heck to entice free agents to come play in a temporary stadium for two years. We will probably overpay to get the right free agents to come. Cassell will come cheaper than Vick who will be a disaster at any price.

  35. fordmandalay says: Mar 6, 2014 7:32 PM

    Many teams have already offered Cassel as much as a ham sandwich and a 32 ounce Coke to sign! More than he’s worth, really.

  36. leatherface2012 says: Mar 6, 2014 7:39 PM

    i volunteer at a local humane society. i have seen bait dogs come in all bit up and emaciated. they then are treated well, kept warm and fed. and recover. i will never forgive vick for what he did……never. he didnt just fight the dogs , he killed “underperformers ” by slamming them into the ground , electrocuting, and drowning them. i love animals. all kinds. to hell with vick.

  37. freeigwebuike says: Mar 6, 2014 7:45 PM

    I wouldn’t wait by the phone, Coach.

  38. sdsmooth says: Mar 6, 2014 7:56 PM

    No one WANTS the Vikings. It’s where careers go to die.

  39. djalakas25 says: Mar 6, 2014 8:04 PM

    I am a Seahawks fan and I have had every comment erased because of my disrespect to the two trolls that think they speak for normal Vikings fans. This is a message to you guys not pft poet and vikesrthebest… Good luck next year. That fan base deserves it. To those two I bet they can’t even afford cable. Thank you for being rational fans speaking up against those two. How does thst taste? Your own fan base doesn’t like you

  40. vikesfansteve says: Mar 6, 2014 8:06 PM

    If Cassel goes to Houston then they will cut Schaub who would play very well in Turners system because he throws it deep and medium pretty well. He throws pics short but AD doesn’t catch the ball out of the backfield anyway.

  41. skolvikes28allday says: Mar 6, 2014 8:15 PM

    i love all the vikings haters…. prob a bunch of packer trolls.

    Skol Vikes!!! mike zimmer got this!

  42. ltsherman13 says: Mar 6, 2014 8:19 PM

    I wish the media would stop saying the vikings main concern is getting a qb! We had an okay offense last year. What about the defense that ranked 32nd in points allowed?

  43. mediasloppy says: Mar 6, 2014 8:31 PM

    The Vikings are such bottom dwellers, yet they rank in the top 5 of all teams to make the play-offs. One day a Super Bowl might come true for them I hope. Still won’t stop the haters.

  44. wafflestomp says: Mar 6, 2014 8:38 PM

    Hilarious….every single thumbs down my previous post gets, illustrates succinctly just how pathetically stupid the Viking fan base really is.

    This is why fans around the league laugh at you.
    Know nothing fans for a do nothing team!

  45. kingknute says: Mar 6, 2014 8:41 PM

    Vick would be the next Warren Moon, Randall Cunningham or Donavan McNabb. You see how those guys worked out.

  46. andreboy1 says: Mar 6, 2014 8:56 PM

    Ponder’s favorite color is pink

  47. GenXJay says: Mar 6, 2014 9:00 PM

    The chemistry begins with the right ingredients. No substitutes. Let Cassel walk.

  48. campcouch says: Mar 6, 2014 9:33 PM

    Ponder didn’t burn the Vikes,the Vikes burned themselves by drafting him so high.

  49. ragnarthemagnificent says: Mar 6, 2014 9:41 PM

    Vikes move up to #2 and grab Johnny Manziel. Mark it

  50. whatjusthapped says: Mar 6, 2014 9:58 PM

    Mike “Mr Howdy Doody” Zimmer needs to find a different analogy if he wants to communicate with the Viking fan base. The concept of pretty girls is lost on them. So is the concept that you play to win the Lombardi trophy since all they talk about are inane statistics like playoff appearances, divisional titles and win loss records.

    But when you never won a Superbowl, I suppose you have to get creative so you have some ammunition against your neighbors to the East who have won 4. (not lost 4 like the Vikings)

  51. leatherface2012 says: Mar 6, 2014 10:25 PM

    @wafflestomp right. 8th highest winning percentage in league history, yep vikings are terrible

  52. kenny328usa says: Mar 6, 2014 10:55 PM

    Is he serious? Matt Cassel stinks. Their star running back is lobbying for Michael Vick, who nobody is even sure has anything left in the tank. Get a clue you need a QB not named Matt Cassel.

  53. titansbro says: Mar 6, 2014 11:55 PM

    Ain’t no Russell Wilsons in this draft.

  54. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 7, 2014 12:57 AM

    ugh…once again, the vikings are going to keep guys that are barely mediocre on their best day. i just cannot understand this organization. it’s like they want to fail.

  55. jdphx says: Mar 7, 2014 1:27 AM

    This is a coach who probably thought he had a good QB at his LAST job…

  56. GenXJay says: Mar 7, 2014 4:45 AM

    “WHAMMY!”

  57. djalakas25 says: Mar 7, 2014 5:35 AM

    Hmmm??? I wonder who the two thumbs down were lol.

  58. packman1958 says: Mar 7, 2014 9:42 AM

    Just remember, any hopes that the VIKQUEENS have of going to the SuperBowl goes through Green Bay, and for Vikqueens fans the best way is to rent a box at Lambeau and watch the game on the Jumbo Tron

  59. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 7, 2014 10:37 AM

    Last place losers. Nuff said.

  60. purplehaze28 says: Mar 7, 2014 11:56 AM

    Mike Zimmer = Walter White of the NFL
    Turner = Pinkman!

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