The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a deal to bring back backup quarterback Matt Cassel.
Per a league source, Cassel’s new contract runs for two years.
Cassel signed with the Titans on a one-year deal last season and served as Marcus Mariota’s primary backup for the 2016 season.
Cassel, who turns 35, in May, played in four games, including starting the Titans’ season finale against Houston after Mariota suffered a broken fibula.
The Titans discussed their backup quarterback situation Wednesday during media availability at the NFL Combine, and Coach Mike Mularkey said that a veteran backup was not a necessity. However, with Mariota still recovering from his injury, and likely to miss much or all of the team’s off-season work on the field, having a backup quarterback familiar with the system should be a plus.
“You like that veteran leadership in the room, but if that doesn’t happen that way, it doesn’t happen that way,” Mularkey said Wednesday when asked about the backup quarterback situation. “But I think Marcus is getting to a point, too, that he’s seen enough football that he doesn’t have to have a mentor like he did early.”
Cassel, who has been with the New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys in his NFL career, completed 30 of 51 passes for 284 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions last season. His passer rating was 68.8.
The Titans now have three quarterbacks under contract on their roster, as they also have Alex Tanney, who spent most of last season on the practice squad, but was elevated to the 53-man roster for the final regular season game after Mariota’s injury.