Pats QB Matt Cassel, who came out of nowhere to have a huge 2008 season, is on the move according to Adam Schefter of NFL.com. The reporter states that Cassel is on his way to being the starting QB of the Chiefs, a team that is now led by former Pats front office guru Scott Pioli, who is the Chiefs GM.
Cassel, the 6-4 QB who started 15 and a half games last season thanks to the Chiefs, who knocked out Tom Brady eight minutes into the season opener in New England, threw for 3693 yards last season and 21 touchdowns with a QB rating of 89.4. He was a big reason why the Pats were 11-5, but they did miss the playoffs.
The Boston Globe has confirmed the trade, although no details were available of what New England would get in return. Most likely the Pats would get the Chiefs first round pick (3rd overall), and a possible other pick. KC also acquired LB Mike Vrabel from the Pats on Friday in a deal that could be related to this one.
Cassel, who was designated as the Patriots’ franchise player earlier this month, is guaranteed $14.65 million. Look for KC to get him a new multi-year deal as the starting QB for the club. This means that Tyler Thigpen will shift to being the backup, and could mean the end for Brodie Croyle in KC.