View Full Version : Cassel signs six-year, $63 million deal with KC ($28M bonus)

07-14-2009, 05:21 PM
For our buddy Hardliner's sake, this guy better not be just a product of the system.


Updated: July 14, 2009, 4:52 PM ET
Chiefs lock up Cassel
By John Clayton

Matt Cassel, a career backup in college and in the pros, parlayed a great 2008 season into a lucrative franchise tag. Now, he's locked himself into a deal to be the long-term quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Cassel and the Chiefs worked out a six-year deal that will pay him in excess of $10 million a season, according to a source. The contract will keep Cassel with the Chiefs until 2014.

The deal is for $63 million, with $28 million guaranteed, according to a source. He's going to make $40.5 million in the first three years of his contract.

Cassel was designated as the New England Patriots' franchise player in February and signed a one-year deal that paid him $14.561 million. He was then traded to the Chiefs along with linebacker Mike Vrabel for a second-round draft choice.

"We are excited to be able to reach a long-term agreement for Matt Cassel to be a Kansas City Chief for many years to come," owner and board chairman Clark Hunt said in a statement. "His proven leadership on and off the field will be a tremendous asset to the organization."

Although Wednesday is the deadline for franchise players to get long-term deals, Cassel technically doesn't apply because he was traded and the team that franchised him no longer holds his rights. Still, the deadline and the start of training camp in two weeks provided both sides with incentive to lock up a long-term relationship.

Cassel replaced an injured Tom Brady in the first week of the 2008 season and threw for 3,693 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Former Patriots GM Scott Pioli, who was responsible for drafting Cassel in the seventh round in 2005, went to the Chiefs during the offseason. One of his first priorities was finding a quarterback and Cassel was his top choice.

"Since Matt arrived in Kansas City, he has embraced the team and the community," Pioli said. "His work ethic, his ability and competitive presence is what we expect from our players."

Cassel is believed to be the only quarterback in NFL history to start an NFL game without starting a game in college. Cassel was a backup at USC.

John Clayton is a senior writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Iron Shiek
07-14-2009, 11:04 PM

Although they are really high on him and I'm hearing good things about him in camp, I don't see them being good anytime soon. Who knows though, maybe they will be the team that surprise everyone. Then you can pull this post out of the rubble and rub it in my face. I'm known to proclaim doom to a team that suddenly turns a couple lights on.

07-15-2009, 08:08 AM
Remember Scott Mictchell anyone?? Played and succeeded in a good system one year. Then the following year go to one of the bottom feeders of the league and THUD!!!!

07-15-2009, 09:01 AM
Wow...For one year production in a BB system. This is the type of deal that could bury the Chiefs if he doesn't play to expectations. Talk about a burden...

07-15-2009, 09:08 AM
Remember Scott Mictchell anyone?? Played and succeeded in a good system one year. Then the following year go to one of the bottom feeders of the league and THUD!!!!

Mitchell is always the guy used as an example here, but it isn't like he absolutely sucked as soon as he arrived on his new team and never did anything whatsoever. Sure, Scott never lived up to the contract by becoming a franchise savior QB, but he didn't exactly thud like you say. People seem to forget that in Mitchell's second year with the Lions, he threw for 4338 yards with 32 TD's and only 12 INT's to lead the Lions to the playoffs. Sure, Barry Sanders had a great year with 1500 yards and 11 TD's, plus another 48 catches for 398 more yards and another TD, but it was Mitchell that led an aerial passing attack with 2 WR's with more than 100 catches (Herman Moore had 123 catches for 1686 yards and 14 TD's and Brett Perriman had 108 catches for 1488 yards and 9 TD's). Not too shabby.