Vikings Announce Signing of QB Matt Cassel

Updated: 03/15/2013 2:50 PM KSTP.com

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The Minnesota Vikings announced the signing of quarterback Matt Cassel on Friday.

They came to agreement on Thursday, the same day he was formally released by the Kansas City Chiefs with two years left on his contract.

Cassel spent the last four years in Kansas City. He completed 58 percent of his passes for 1,796 yards with six touchdowns and 12 interceptions in nine games last year.

He led the New England Patriots to an 11-5 season in 2008 and earned Pro Bowl honors in 2010 with the Chiefs by throwing a career-high 27 touchdown passes.

Cassel will replace Joe Webb as Christian Ponder's backup. Ponder has been inconsistent his first two seasons, but GM Rick Spielman said when the season ended that Ponder is the starter for 2013.

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