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Vikings host Packers free agent WR Jennings, sign Cassel

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings hosted Green Bay Packers free agent wide receiver Greg Jennings Thursday, and also signed quarterback Matt Cassel.

The agent for Jennings, Eugene Parker, told The Associated Press his client was visiting the Vikings on Thursday. ESPN first reported the trip.

The 29-year-old Jennings is coming off a second straight injury-affected season. He played in only eight games for the Packers in 2012, plus two in the playoffs, but the Vikings have been on the losing end of some of the best performances of his career since he was drafted in the second round in 2006.

After trading Percy Harvin and cutting Michael Jenkins, the Vikings currently have only three wide receivers with NFL experience: Jerome Simpson, Jarius Wright and Stephen Burton.

The Vikings also added a quarterback Thursday, as the team and Matt Cassel came to agreement, on the same day he was formally released by the Kansas City Chiefs with two years left on his contract.

Cassel spent the last four years in Kansas City. He completed 58 percent of his passes for 1,796 yards with six touchdowns and 12 interceptions in nine games last year.

Cassel will replace Joe Webb as Christian Ponder's backup. Ponder has been inconsistent his first two seasons, but GM Rick Spielman said when the season ended that Ponder is the starter for 2013.

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