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Topic - Matt Cassel
Everson Griffen didn't want to entertain offers from other teams. His loyalty was with the Minnesota Vikings.
The Minnesota Vikings, like many other NFL teams over the last few days, have been busy working on contracts with their own free agents to keep from being outbid.
The Minnesota Vikings have taken another one of their priority free agents off the market before it opens, agreeing to terms on a five-year contract with defensive end Everson Griffen that features $20 million guaranteed and a maximum value of $42.5 million.
Let the bidding binges begin.
IN THE COURTS
Matt Cassel was one day away from hitting the free agent market and fielding offers from other suitors. Then the Minnesota Vikings swooped in at the last minute.
New Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has taken a methodical approach to evaluating the team's muddled quarterback situation, refusing to make any concrete statements about the position until he had time to do his homework and come to a decision.
The Minnesota Vikings already had a lot of work to do with their quarterback situation this offseason.
All that progress the Philadelphia Eagles' defense made over two months vanished in one day. It doesn't mean they're back to the beginning.
The New England Patriots didn't have one more miracle finish in their repertoire.
Tom Brady's latest comeback bid came up short, and the Miami Dolphins helped their playoff chances with a 24-20 breakthrough victory Sunday over the AFC East-leading New England Patriots.
The Minnesota Vikings know who'll be giving the handoffs this week, even if they're not sure yet who'll be taking them.
Brutally bad weather or bitter cold meant good vibes for lots of NFL players.
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will have an MRI on his right foot after he was forced out of Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens.
"I go in with the expectation to be the starter, and that won't change," Cassel said. "At the same time, you've got to go out there and prove it and compete. There's going to be two other quarterbacks, maybe three other quarterbacks, in here competing as well."
Cassel said he realizes there are no assurances of keeping the job.