EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Matt Cassel opted out of his original 2014 deal with the Minnesota Vikings in part because it didn't include any guaranteed money. He'll get that this season, in the form of a $3 million roster bonus on Monday that comes in lieu of a signing bonus and a fully guaranteed base salary.
Cassel's total deal, according to ESPN Stats & Information, is for $10.5 million over the next two years. He will make a total of $5.75 million this season, in the form of the aforementioned $3 million roster bonus, a $2.65 million base salary and a $100,000 workout bonus. In 2015, he'll get a $500,000 roster bonus on the seventh day of the league year, in addition to a $4.15 million base salary and another $100,000 workout bonus.
All told, Cassel's 2014 salary will be worth $2.05 million more than his original deal, and all but the workout bonus is guaranteed. His decision to opt out of his original deal appears to have paid off, and as we discussed earlier today, he's entering next season much more assertive about his place in the Vikings' organization.