Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel, left, watches as rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater throws during NFL football minicamp Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Eden Prairie, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Jim Mone
June 18, 2014

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings brought back veteran Matt Cassel back to be the bridge to their future quarterback. The blueprint was produced on draft day when they traded into the end of the first round to take Teddy Bridgewater.

Retaining Cassel on a two-year contract has allowed the Vikings the opportunity to be patient with their latest project. But coach Mike Zimmer made clear this week, publicly at least, that the starter won't be determined until training camp.

Bridgewater has said he'd be fine being the backup as a rookie. If he took the job right from the beginning of his career, though, that wouldn't be such a surprise.

Zimmer said he wants to ''guard against'' rushing into a decision.

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