Cowboys trade for quarterback Matt Cassel _lowres

In this Aug. 29, 2015, file photo, Buffalo Bills quarterback Matt Cassel runs against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half of a preseason game in Orchard Park, N.Y. A person with knowledge of the deal said the Cowboys have acquired Cassel from Buffalo with Tony Romo sidelined at least seven games because of a broken left collarbone. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert, File)

IRVING, Texas — Matt Cassel is headed to Dallas in a trade as the Cowboys try to bolster their depth at quarterback while Tony Romo is sidelined at least seven games because of a broken left collarbone.

The Cowboys acquired Cassel from Buffalo on Tuesday, sending a fifth-round pick in 2017 to the Bills.

Both teams announced the trade, and a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press what Buffalo received in return because the round of the pick wasn’t disclosed.

Brandon Weeden is expected to start Sunday at home against Arizona, but Cassel is a veteran with far more experience than the fourth-year pro.

Cassel has 72 starts in 90 games over 11 seasons.


TEAM REELING AFTER 0-2 START: Andrew Luck and Chuck Pagano both made their point clearly: It is past time for the Colts to correct the mistakes that are threatening to turn their season into an early bust.

Pagano made some not-so-subtle comments about Luck’s performance, Indy’s poor pass protection and Frank Gore, who fumbled into the Jets’ end zone.

Less than 24 hours later, Pagano tried to dispel the notion his postgame comments were directed primarily at his franchise quarterback.


RAGNAR HITS THE ROAD: The Vikings announced Monday that they were not able to reach a new contract agreement with Joe Juranitch, the man who played Ragnar the Viking for the last 21 years and was looking for quite a raise to pillage the team’s home games.

Ragnar was asking for $20,000 per game over the next 10 years, a person with direct knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press. Based on a home schedule that includes eight games per season, that would be $1.6 million over the life of the contract.

Around the league

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