The Cassel Trade Keeps Paying Dividends for the Chiefs

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Anytime you acquire a possible franchise type quarterback who is protected by a franchise tag for a second round draft pick you got a bargain by today’s standards especially since just last year the Vikings gave up a first and third round pick for pass rusher Jared Allen.

To add to that receiver Roy Williams also went for a first and third, neither of those positions are as valuable as a quarterback and when you add a legitimate starting linebacker with super bowl experience in Mike Vrabel the trade turns into a absolute steal.

Mike Vrabel and Matt Cassel are good players and Cassel might end up turning out to be great but the butterfly effect of this trade might end up making the AFC west a two team race for the next five to seven years.

The Broncos new coach Josh McDaniels went hard after Matt Cassel pursing him in a trade which in turn set incumbent quarterback Jay Cutler to issue a formal trade demand. Cutler got his wish going to Chicago in return for a kings ransom. Even if the Broncos hit on every draft pick they got from the Bears and Kyle Orton elevates his game from average QB to above average QB the Broncos will not be a better team than they were with Jay Cutler.

The trade instantly moved the Chiefs into second place in the AFC west behind San Diego. The Broncos must now find a new field general whether it be from free agency or the draft they are now years behind where they were with Jay Cutler in their development as a team.

The Chiefs are no longer looking up to the Broncos they are firmly in the rear view mirror of the Chiefs and are going to have to start are rebuilding process of their own. Now the Chefs main competition in the west will be Phillip Rivers and the Chargers who last year looked like they took a step back as a team and while the Chiefs may not leap frog the lighting bolts this season they are getting closer and closer to catching them and are putting distance between themselves and any other competition in the west.

Bottom line when you look at every thing the Chiefs got in return for a second round draft pick Mike Vrabel, Matt Cassel, Jay Cutler going to Chicago and Kyle Orton taking over the reigns in Denver and a possible two more wins in the division each year there is no doubt this may be the most explosive trade the NFL has seen since Herchel Walker went to the Vikings.


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