The whole quarterback scenario that has played out with the Buffalo Bills is just as strange to Matt Cassel as it is to those outside the organization.
"It's a long story," Cassel said of how he went from being released Saturday to re-signing Tuesday and being named the backup to Tyrod Taylor by coach Rex Ryan. "I think it's better if" General Manager Doug Whaley and Ryan "explained it. I was caught a little bit off guard myself, but at the end of the day we were able to resolve it and I'm able to be here. Now the important thing is for us to get ready to go, for me to help Tyrod, and get this team ready to go and play Indy."
Cassel said other teams – he declined to specify how many – were interested in his services, but that "the end result is I am where I'm supposed to be. I'm happy to still be a Bill and I'm happy to start the season."
As a vested veteran, Cassel did not have to go through waivers upon being released and could have signed anywhere else.
So did he know the Bills wanted to bring him back?
"To a certain degree, yes," he said.
It turns out Cassel was open to a reconciliation for a couple different reasons.
"There's a lot of factors in life, you know what I mean?" he said. "First and foremost my family comes first, my wife's eight months pregnant, and while football's something I do for a living, you know, they're No. 1 in my life. Obviously there were opportunities to go other places and everything like that, but at the same time when you look at this situation, the hard work that went in throughout this entire offseason, I thought it was the best place for me."
Bills coach Rex Ryan originally was not scheduled to address the media Tuesday, but briefly addressed Cassel's return to the team by confirming he would serve as Taylor's backup, with EJ Manuel in the No. 3 role.
"As I've said from Day One we like all three of the guys and we never want to lose anybody, obviously," Ryan said. "That's why we made the decision we did.
"What was important to me is the entire room. Those three guys, I mean they work in concert with each other. That's important, I think, in all those types of things. They push each other, yet they are there for each other. They watch tape together. It's really a unique deal because sometimes it's not always like that."
Cassel said he's been in quarterback rooms before where each player wasn't supportive of the other.
"People really don't understand how much time we spend together throughout the course of the year," he said. "When somebody else is playing the position – there's only guy that can do it – but hopefully you're in support of that guy, because the job is hard enough as it is on some days, and then to have people working against you within your own building, it's a bad enviornment. I've been around that before, so this is a great situaiton to be a qarterback in. I think we've got a great room with guys that have character and a great attitude toward it."