ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- For the second time in past three seasons, the Buffalo Bills will have a summer quarterback competition.
"I think I’ve been in this league long enough to know that you’ve got to compete in everything that you do," Cassel said. "You know, you have to earn every opportunity you get, so I know there’s going to be competition. I know that EJ’s here, and he’s a young, talented player. I expect that there’s going to be a competition. Again, you have to go out and earn your opportunity to play in this league."
Cassel initially failed his physical, according to a report Tuesday by the Buffalo News' Tim Graham, before doctors signed off on the 10-year veteran's injured foot.
"My foot feels great," Cassel said. "Honestly, I’ve been doing everything that I can. I’ve been dropping back and throwing, and everything else, so my foot does feel great."
"We had to pass him on the physical. That was one of the conditions of the trade," general manager Doug Whaley said. "He had an injury last year, so we just brought him in. With any player with past injury history, we’re going to do as much due diligence as possible, have compete faith in our medical team, headed by Les Bisson. So he puts the stamp of approval. I’m not a doctor. I go with what he says."
The Bills will receive Cassel and the Vikings' 2015 sixth-round pick in exchange for one of the Bills' 2015 fifth-round picks (acquired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and an undisclosed selection, reported by Fox Sports to be a 2016 seventh-rounder.
The NFL Network reported that Cassel could receive a multiyear extension from the Bills, but the quarterback said Wednesday there haven't been talks about that.
"No we haven’t been talking about that, but I leave a lot of that up to my agent and everyone around here," Cassel said.