Bills: Getting to Know New QB Matt Cassel

Tim Yotter of VikingUpdate.com took the time to share his analysis on new Bills QB Matt Cassel. The veteran QB's biggest strength is exactly what Buffalo is looking for in a quarterback in 2015.

The Buffalo Bills continued to show their aggressiveness as they made a trade for the second consecutive day. On Wednesday, the Bills traded a 5th and 7th round pick to the Minnesota Vikings for Matt Cassel and a 6th round pick. What does Cassel bring to the Bills? Tim Yotter of VikingUpdate.com shared his analysis on Cassel's strengths and weaknesses, how Cassel compares to the 2015 free agent quarterbacks, and if Cassel can beat out E.J. Manuel as starting quarterback of the Bills.

What are Matt Cassel's strengths?

Cassel’s strength is as a game manager. He has played in numerous offensive systems throughout his career, so learning yet another one shouldn’t be a big issue with a full offseason in store with the Bills.

The addition of LeSean McCoy also seems to be a good fit for Cassel’s strengths, which are reading the defense pre-snap and getting rid of the ball fairly efficiently. With a strong pass-catcher like McCoy, who can take a short pass and turn it into a gain that puts the offense ahead of the chains in down-and-distance, it could really help the Bills.

What are Cassel's weaknesses?

The drawback is Cassel’s lack of mobility and arm strength. It’s good enough to get by, but fitting tight throws into small windows isn’t one of his strengths, and the lack of zip has sometimes led to interceptions.

Where does Cassel rank among the free agent quarterbacks and can he win the starting job from EJ Manuel? 

With a relatively weak free-agent class of quarterbacks this year, Cassel is ahead of any other non-trade option the Bills could have explored. He should win their starting job and be efficient enough to keep for the duration of his contract, which ends after the 2015 season, if he can stay healthy. That was a problem last year, when the Vikings entered the season with Cassel as their starter, but in Week 3 he fractured multiple bones in his foot, ending his season. With rookie Teddy Bridgewater’s strong performance in 2014, there was no question that Cassel would have had to return as a backup in Minnesota, and that shouldn’t be the case in Buffalo.

The Vikings were also prompted to make the trade because of the $4.75 million cap savings they get in moving Cassel, who is scheduled to make a $4.15 million base salary with a $100,000 workout bonus and a $500,000 bonus due in two weeks.

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