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Vikings, QB Cassel agree to terms

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The Minnesota Vikings and quarterback Matt Cassel agreed to terms on a new contract, the team officially announced Tuesday.

CBSSports.com reported Friday night that the veteran quarterback reached agreement on a two-year, $10 million contract to remain with the Vikings.

Cassel, who signed with the Vikings as a free agent during the 2013 offseason, appeared in nine games, including all five Vikings wins, while starting six last season.

The veteran totaled 1,807 passing yards, 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions for a 81.6 quarterback rating in his lone season for the Vikings.

The Vikings also agreed to terms with defensive end Everson Griffen.

Griffen originally joined the Vikings as a fourth-round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft. Griffen has appeared in 59 games while recording one start. He has totaled 17.5 sacks in his career, including a career-high 8.0 in 2012, while playing in a part-time role. Griffen finished the 2013 season with 5.5 sacks.

In addition, the Vikings officially announced they re-signed linebacker Larry Dean, avoiding restricted free agency.

Dean has played all 48 regular-season games and one playoff contest since joining the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2011. Primarily playing on special teams, Dean has 48 overall tackles.

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