Skip to main content

Zimmer wants Cassel to return to Vikings


Vikings coach Mike Zimmer made it clear Thursday that they want Matt Cassel back.

Cassel opted out of his contract with the Vikings to become a free agent last month, but the Vikings are hoping to retain him.

Zimmer told the Pioneer Press, "I would love to have Matt Cassel back, if Matt Cassel wants to be back. I don't know if that will happen or won't happen. But we're going to find a quarterback somewhere. And if it's not Matt Cassel, then we'll find someone else."

According to the Pioneer Press, Zimmer has talked to Cassel about coming back. The Vikings can negotiate exclusively with Cassel's camp Saturday through Tuesday, but Zimmer said he expects Cassel will also look at other opportunities.

1500 ESPN reports returning to the Vikings could offer Cassel an appealing situation. The team does not have its starting quarterback figured out, only Christian Ponder is currently under contract and the top quarterbacks could be gone before the Vikings draft with the number eight pick in this year's NFL draft.

One of those opportunities for Cassel may come from Houston. Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday the Houston Texans have real interest in pursuing Cassel. A move could reunite Cassel with new Texans coach Bill O'Brien. He was an assistant with the Patriots during Cassel's final two seasons in New England.

A reunion with O'Brien could provide Cassel his best chance to compete for a job as a starting quarterback in an offense he is familiar with.

If Cassel goes then what?

The Vikings could look elsewhere in free agency. Adrian Peterson said if the Vikings had Michael Vick, they would instantly become a playoff team. The Vikings could also be looking for another free agent and have even been rumored to be interested trade options.

Next Up

Mike Zimmer

Vikings fans clamor for change after latest bad loss under Mike Zimmer

The "fire Mike Zimmer" tweets are raging on Twitter again.

Tony Oliva

Tony Oliva and Jim Kaat are finally heading to Cooperstown

The Twins legends were elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame on Sunday night.

Tanner Morgan

Report: Gophers to play in Guaranteed Rate Bowl

The Gophers will reportedly head to Phoenix to take on West Virginia.

Adam Thielen

Winless Lions beat Vikings on final play of game

Adam Thielen also left early with an ankle injury

Payton Willis / Gopher Basketball

Gophers improve to 7-0 on Willis' late 3-pointer

The Gophers earned back-to-back road victories for the first time since January 2017.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Woman in critical condition after being shot in the head in St. Paul

Officers responded to the incident at around 2:45 a.m. Saturday.

Alexander Mattison

Vikings-Lions: 5 things you can count on

It's a great time for the Vikings to play the Lions.


Omicron variant confirmed in Wisconsin man who traveled to South Africa

Five other cases have been confirmed and linked to a Wisconsin wedding.

Sharon Mollerus - duluth - snow plow car

Sunday snowstorm walloping MN's North Shore with huge totals

Just ridiculous snow totals expected the rest of Sunday.

Screen Shot 2021-12-05 at 6.49.03 AM

Saturday snow causes havoc on Twin Cities roads

There were countless spinouts and crashes across Minnesota.