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Vikes, Bucs, Cards could be after Cassel


Now that the Chiefs have traded for quarterback Alex Smith and signed quarterback Chase Daniel, they’ll need to dump Matt Cassel.

But there’s no rush, as long as the Chiefs are willing to carry his $7.5 million base salary on the books. His contract contains no immediate trigger that would force the Chiefs to pay him a chunk of money or guarantee a large piece of his pay.

The teams to watch as this plays out, we’re told, are the Vikings, Buccaneers, and Cardinals.

The Vikings are hampered by the absence of wideouts, and the Cardinals by the absence of, you know, blockers. The Bucs are the most interested in finding a quality backup, because they have concerns about starter Josh Freeman, which means Cassel has a better chance of playing.

If the Chiefs can conjure a mini-market for Cassel they actually could try to trade him for a low-round pick.