Vikings: A look at Matt Cassel's career timeline


Matt Cassel will start for the Vikings on Sunday against the Steelers in London.

There's no question Cassel's path to Minnesota was a crazy one, and the Pioneer Press has the details.

"I'm excited about the opportunity," Cassel said Friday. "I've been through it a lot, but at the same time you still get those butterflies. I just found out about it this morning before practice. At the same time, I've been preparing for this. I feel like I'm ready to go."

Take a look at a timeline of Cassel's career.

April 24, 2005 -- Drafted out of Southern California in the 7th round by the New England Patriots.

October 2, 2005 -- Came off the bench in a loss to the Chargers to make his NFL debut. He went 2-4 with 15 yards and an interception.

January 1, 2006 -- Threw his first career touchdown pass in a 28-26 loss to the Dolphins.

September 21, 2008 -- Made his first career start one week after Tom Brady tore his ACL. Cassel went on to lead the Patriots to an 11-5 record. Despite the great record, the Patriots missed the playoffs.

March 1, 2009 -- The Patriots traded Cassel to the Kansas City Chiefs for the 34th overall pick in the 2009 draft. Cassel later signed a six-year, $62.7 million contract.

September 20, 2009 -- A week one loss to the Raiders started a 4-12 journey as Cassel and the Chiefs struggled mightily in his first season in Kansas City.

January 2, 2011 -- Capped off a 10-6 regular season and a AFC West division title for the first time in seven years. He was later named to the Pro Bowl.

January 9, 2011 -- Cassel made his first career playoff start -- a 30-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. He threw for 70 yards and three interceptions in the game.

October 7, 2012 -- Chiefs fans cheered after Cassel suffered a concussion against the Ravens.

March 14, 2013 -- The Chiefs released Cassel, who on the same day signed with the Vikings.

September 29, 2013 -- Cassel will make his first career start for Minnesota.

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