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Why Trade Cassel to Kansas City?


Yes, Cassel had a fantastic season filling in for Brady. His numbers were strikingly similar to Brady’s 2003 season. He was getting progressively better as the season drew on, and for a while many were confident that they could make a decent run in the playoffs.

However, the season ended on a few backward laterals by the Jets, and the Patriots front office was faced with the dilemma of 2 starting quarterbacks. Combined they would count around $30 million against the cap. It doesn’t take an accounting major to figure out that the numbers don’t really add up. One of them clearly needs to be dealt.

Sending Cassel off tells me that the organization is very confident in Tom Bray’s knee. Although he may not be around for camp, it seems almost certain that he will be out there on opening day. Trading Cassel and Vrabel away clears nearly $20 million in cap room.

That is cap room that can be used to add depth at DB (a.k.a Leigh Bodden), OLB/DE (a.k.a. Julius Peppers), and whatever other needs the team decides are important (a.k.a WR). Yes, Cassel had to be traded, but why Kansas City?

Minnesota, Detroit, San Francisco, and Kansas City all had obvious needs at quarterback. Minnesota brought in Rosenfels, Detroit traded Kitna and essentially put their faith in Culpepper (or Stafford), and San Fran seems like they believe Hill is their quarterback of the future. That leaves just Kansas City.

In any market, when the buyer pool is particularly small, that pool holds the power in negotiations. Pioli knows that they have to get rid of Cassel, and he was in a position to lowball the Patriots. At the end of the day New England has a few areas of need, plenty of depth at those positions in the draft, and four day one picks. I thoroughly believe that at the end of this season (or the next few) this trade will go down as a steal for the Patriots similar to the way we look at the deal for Randy Moss.


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3 Responses to “Why Trade Cassel to Kansas City?”

  1. Lovethepats says:

    so what do you think…what do we know yet know about this deal…is ray lewis coming to new england?

  2. Jmee says:

    The trade was the right thing to do. My stomach hurt knowing that if we did not trade Cassel we would have a 14million back-up just kicking it on the bench.

    I’m sorry but that money saved on Vrabel and Cassel now will be better spent on getting the players we need. Now they’re saying that what Coach B did in trading Cassel to the chiefs was unethical……….GMAFB.

    I’m sick of MSM trying to paint the PATS as cheaters. The ultimate back-up QB came in off the bench did what he was being paid to do,and while doing that he proved that he was worthy of being a starting QB it just isn’t going to be the team he has been bench warming for these past few years. Bye Matt I hope you do well in the AFC West.

  3. Stuart Drake says:

    Honestly, I believe that as long as Bruschi and Harrison are part of the team they really aren’t going to look towards the free agent market for an expensive vet leader. I thoroughly believe that they moved Vrabel to make room for Connor Barwin the DE/OLB from Cinci. A couple of years working with Thomas could do him a lot of good and won’t cost the Pats Ray Lewis-type money. I do not see Ray Lewis in a Patriots uniform any time soon.

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