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Cassel traded to the Chiefs

February 28, 2009

matt-cassel-qb-new-england-patriotMatt Cassel was tagged with the franchise player tag early in February and guaranteed a minimum of $14.65 in salary for the 2009 season.  But for this deal to take effect, the New England Patriots had to offer this former Trojan backup a contract.

They didn’t.

The Pats traded Cassel and LB Mike Vrabel  to the Kansas City Chiefs for a 2nd round draft pick.

Um, OK.

Look, Cassel did a  BANG UP job of stepping in for the injured Tom Brady this past season. He finished 11-5, with 3,693 yards passing, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. And I am trying to understand this trade. Not being a Pats fan, I’m not so up to date on what’s going on in their front office. Clearly, IMO, they have someone(s) in mind for that 2nd round pick (Clay Matthews perhaps?)

The only thing I can think is that Cassel was given the franchise tag to keep him as an asset to trade as they saw fit.

From NFL.com:

  • UFA (Unrestricted free agent) A player who has completed four or more accrued seasons and whose contract has expired.
  • RFA (Restricted free agent) A player who has completed three accrued seasons and whose contract has expired.
  • EFA (Exclusive restricted FA) A player whose contract expires at a time when he has less than three accrued seasons.
  • Franchise A restricted free agent who has been designated as a franchise player.

Matt Cassel is now a Chief. He  immediately replaces Tyler Thigpen as the #1 QB on the depth chart.

I guess the question is: Will the KC OL offer Cassel enough protection for him to perform at the level he did this season with the Patriots? I don’t know. I need to take a look at what’s going on in KC. My gut says No.  Sure, Cassel now has a team to call his very own and is free of being Tom Brady’s backup (and Matt Leinart’s and Carson Palmer’s before that), but how smart is this trade for both Cassel, Vrabel and the Patriots?

I guess what I am trying to  understand is why give him the franchise tag only to trade him weeks later.

Football fiends, I am confused and off to do more research I go. I’ll be back later when I’ve wrapped my brain around this situation.

Be sure to check out how the free agent trades are affecting betting and fantasy leagues over at Sports Intensity.

-Your Gridiron Goddess

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Sports Intensity

February 14, 2009

Hey football fiends!
Have you had a chance to check out my pal’s site Sports Intensity yet?  Sports Intensity aggregates the info of all the best online sports books into one easy to check out place.

I’ve got tons more to say about this fantastic site, will update with all the details tomorrow!

-Your Gridiron Goddess

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Congratulations to Super Bowl XLIII Winners Pittsburgh Steelers

February 1, 2009

By the way– WTF was that last call not reviewed? It was NOT A FUMBLE. There was forward motion. And not reviewing it is such complete bullshit that I cannot even formulate a coherent thought about it right now.

ANYWAY!

I wanted AZ to win.

But my pick– AZ and the points–was still GOOD, so I am good.

-Your Gridiron Goddess

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