Titans bring back Matt Cassel

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The Titans and quarterback Matt Cassel have reached a deal to keep Cassel off the free agent market.

The Titans prioritized getting Cassel back for a second season as Marcus Mariota’s primary backup. Cassel will be entering his 13th NFL season.

With Mariota recovering from a broken leg, Cassel could get plenty of reps with the No. 1 offense when the Titans begin on-field work in May. Cassel started the 2016 season finale and played in four games last season.

Cassel, 34, has made 80 career starts. He previously played for the Patriots, Chiefs, Vikings, Bills and Cowboys.

22 responses to “Titans bring back Matt Cassel

  1. If Matt Cassel is the answer, you are asking the wrong question.
    Although he does really well as long as the O-line can give him 35 minutes to make a decision on what to do with the ball.

  2. Bad Move. EXTREMELY medicore NFL QB. I am certain there are better backup options who could actually win games if Mariota goes down. Let’s hope the team does not regret this move in November or December 2017

  3. Matt Cassel has made a Mint being a below average crap nfl qb. He stole Millions from the Chiefs. Wouldn’t have Cassel on my teams roster if he paid for a spot.

  4. Problem is you have like 5-6 good QBs in this league – and I emphasize GOOD because I still don’t think the rules and te scheduling make for as good football as it did 20 years ago. That means 27 teams are digging for mediocrity – and still make bad decisions around them (think Brock). So a guy like Cassel who hasn’t proven anything significant in this league gets considered every time. Tallest midget.

  5. carpalboss says:
    Mar 2, 2017 10:50 AM

    I guess the fact that he’s played for six teams instantly ends his HOF aspirations. (Obviously means he’s a bad team mate.)
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    It just means he is just good enough to make a roster, but not good enough to be a starter. Just like Fitzpatrick, another QB with a closet full of jerseys from different teams.

  6. People here are really overestimating the backup QB pool. There aren’t even enough quality starters for every team to have one. It’s not realistic to expect every team to have a starting caliber guy as a number two. He’s a middling veteran backup. Most teams would be happy to have a guy who has started 80 games on the bench, with the hope you will never need him.

    Also, Matt Cassel is a 13-year vet? Time sure flies.

  7. pretty interesting how Matt Lienert started all those seasons for the Trojans and Matt Cassell was the bench warmer. Then by comparison after not playing a single down, Coach Carroll makes a phone call to Belichik and Cassell get’s drafted ! A few years later, Lienert is toast (out of the league) and Cassell is the great journey back-up. Just goes to show, that none of these football forecast knows much. If a player fits an offense/defense within the coordinators scheme then they can make millions !!! Complete insanity…………….

  8. Matt Cassel is the answer to the question “Why is it a bad idea to trade a high pick and give a big contract to Jimmy Garrapolo?”.

    Cassel went 11-5 as a starter for the Patriots. The Chiefs immediately traded a high pick for him and handed him a $62M contract. Anyone remember what happened after that?

  9. carpalboss says:
    Mar 2, 2017 10:50 AM
    I guess the fact that he’s played for six teams instantly ends his HOF aspirations. (Obviously means he’s a bad team mate.)
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    Don’t worry, Carpal, I got the TO reference even if no one else did.

  10. .
    Cassel is what he is. He’s better in a short passing game and playing with the lead. He’s not particularly effective in leading his team back from 24-3.

    However, it should be noted that in 2010 he had 27 TDs and only 7 ints when Charlie Weiss was his OC. It went down hill quickly after Todd Haley jettisoned Weiss.
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  11. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    Mar 2, 2017 12:23 PM

    Matt Cassel is the answer to the question “Why is it a bad idea to trade a high pick and give a big contract to Jimmy Garrapolo?”.

    Cassel went 11-5 as a starter for the Patriots. The Chiefs immediately traded a high pick for him and handed him a $62M contract. Anyone remember what happened after that?
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    Yep. The Chiefs decided to go with a new Offensive Coordinator every season.

    He did okay with Charlie Weis, though.

    Todd Haley is as much to blame for Cassel’s lack of success than anyone.

  12. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    Mar 2, 2017 12:23 PM

    Matt Cassel is the answer to the question “Why is it a bad idea to trade a high pick and give a big contract to Jimmy Garrapolo?”.

    Cassel went 11-5 as a starter for the Patriots. The Chiefs immediately traded a high pick for him and handed him a $62M contract. Anyone remember what happened after that?
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    This has been my thoughts ever since Pats fans started foaming at the mouth over Jimmy G. Oh look, another Matt Cassel! haha

  13. Um No, Garoppolo is about Ten Times the natural passer as Cassel and has natural insitincts/internal Clock. He can also be pin point with placement. Cassel is a robotic, decent arm strength QB who has the worst/Slowest release I have EVER seen an NFL QB have.

  14. Why? I mean really, why? Unless he’s playing for the Patriots in 2009, there’s just no reason. No reason.

    If you think he can still contribute, you didn’t watch him with the Cowboys two years ago. I’m not a Cowboys fan, but I suffered watching those games. I realize their situation wasn’t good, but honestly, this guy is utterly useless on the field.

    Bring in another vet. Because if this guy has to go in, you’ve already lost.

  15. His arm is shot. Just ask the Cowboys and other teams. He was a nice
    backup QB in his early years ….but he can’t throw the ball and when
    he does he has no accuracy. The scouting department should know better.

  16. So, he’s a very average QB – which means on a good team with Belichick as HC he gets to 11-5, whereas on a poor team he’s going 5-11 and being scapegoated.

    As backup he stepped in to lead the Titans to a win in their last outing, resulting in the team posting it’s first winning season (9-7) since 2011, so it’s hardly surprising that they’d turn to him again whilst Mariota recovers.

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