Posted on: May 27, 2009 1:38 pm
Three months has passed since Scott Pioli struck the deal that brought Tom Brady's understudy Matt Cassel to the Chiefs for a second-round pick.
According to the Kansas City Star, it appears that the Chiefs have little interest in signing Cassel to a long-term contract before the start of the season. Or, more likely, Pioli lost interest in signing Cassel to a long-term contract once Kansas City’s first-time general manager learned Cassel and agent David Dunn’s asking price.
It appears as though Cassel and Dunn elevated their contract demands after perusing the Chiefs’ roster and salary-cap situation.
As of right now, Cassel is scheduled to earn nearly $15 million for the 2009 season. That’s his franchise-tag number.
Posted on: January 9, 2009 9:28 am
Even though the final call hasn’t been made, it's more than likely that Cassel will be franchised given Brady's slow recovery in coming back from his ACL/MCL repair.
The Patriots might not know before the free agency period begins whether or not Brady will be ready to start the season. This could allow Cassel to hit the free agent market.
Brady and a franchised Cassel under contract for 2009 would mean that 23.5 percent of the $123 million salary cap would be allotted to those two, according to NBC Sports.
Several other key players also have ballooning cap numbers in 2009. Unless restructuring is done, Brady, Cassel, Richard Seymour, Randy Moss, Adalius Thomas, Matt Light and Jarvis Green have 2009 cap hits that add up to approximately $65 million. That would leave New England with just $58 million to pay for the other 46 men on the roster.
Posted on: January 5, 2009 9:08 am
If the Patriots use the franchise tag on Cassel, it would cost a little more than $14 million and would give the team some protection in the event that starting quarterback Tom Brady is not ready to go because of knee surgery.
The move will also allow the Pats to get something for Cassel, who’s coming off a breakout year, should they deem Brady healthy and want to make a trade .