(NEW YORK) — In a move that was expected, the Kansas City Chiefs released quarterback Matt Cassel on Thursday. Following the release, Cassel signed with the Minnesota Vikings, according to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter.
Cassel was benched last season and lost his job to Brady Quinn. During his four seasons with the Chiefs, Cassel passed for 9,549 yards, 59 touchdowns and 44 interceptions.
The Chiefs gave up their second-round pick, 34th overall, and a conditional pick in the 2014 draft to the San Francisco 49ers in order to acquire quarterback Alex Smith in a trade last month.
Sources told ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter that the Chiefs were trying to deal Cassel to another team before releasing him. If a team is interested, Cassel has two years remaining on a $63 million, six-year deal that he signed during 2009.
The move cleared about $6 million in cap space for Kansas City.
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