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Vikings' Cassel ready to backup Ponder

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MINNEAPOLIS — Matt Cassel is signed, sealed and delivered in Minnesota, and there is no question what his role will be with the Vikings.

“The fact of the matter is,” Cassel said in a conference call on Friday, “Christian is the starting quarterback.”

When Cassel agreed to terms on Thursday, there was speculation that he was coming in to compete with third-year starter Christian Ponder for the No. 1 job.

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