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Patriots to Franchise Matt Cassel

Posted on: January 4, 2009 9:41 pm

According to several reports, the New England Patriots are going to make quarterback Matt Cassel their franchise player for the 2009 season. Cassel will be set to make the average of the top five salaries at the position, which will net him around $10 million, more than what Tom Brady will earn.

Cassel finished the final year of his rookie contract the way that players dream to perform in a contract year, not only getting the chance to fill in for Brady, but also putting up impressive numbers and leading the Patriots to an 11-5 record. Although missing the playoffs for the first time since the 2002 season, Cassel was instrumental for a team that lost 14 players to the injured reserve list, including Brady and starting running back Lawrence Maroney.

Cassel's achievements cannot be overlooked for a team whose Super Bowl expectations almost evaporated when Bernard Pollard fell on Brady's knee, forcing him out for the season. It took a few games before Cassel truly hit his form, but by mid-season, he was turning in performances that even Brady had not accomplished.

In week 11, Cassel not only scorched the Jets defense for 400 yards passing, but drove the Patriots down the field with no timeouts to tie the game on a remarkable touchdown pass to Randy Moss. In the following week, Cassel torched the eventual AFC East champion Miami Dolphins for 415 yards. Brady has only recorded one 400+ yard passing game in his entire career.

Although there are whispers of Brady being far behind his rehabilitation schedule; far enough to question his status for the 2009 season. If Brady's knee clears up and he is ready for the season opener, Cassel will be traded to one of a number of teams in need of a quarterback.

Cassel's success, however, should be questioned by other clubs before they make plans to acquire him through a trade. Cassel plays with two Pro Bowl receivers and behind an equally talented offensive line, not to mention Bill Belichick and one of the most sought after assistant coaches in Josh McDaniels. He is younger than Brady, and while some extremists in New England have pondered whether to keep Cassel and trade Brady, it is overwhelming likely that Cassel will be moved if Brady is a go come September.


Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2009 11:30 am

Patriots to Franchise Matt Cassel

I think they are playing against Peyton and Pacman in the Double stuff League

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2009 11:27 am

Patriots to Franchise Matt Cassel

If it leads to screwing up the Patriots, then it works for me. They did a nice job on the team salary though as a whole and for now kept Randy Moss relatively happy for the year.

Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2009 4:48 pm

Patriots to Franchise Matt Cassel

Dude I pray you're right.

I'd take Brady over Romo any day.

This Cassel guy must be awesome if these Pats fans are already to deal Brady.......who do the Pats play this weekend in the playoffs anyway?

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2009 9:27 am

Patriots to Franchise Matt Cassel

Assuming they do franchise Cassel, with the idea of trading him if Brady is healthy, I think it would be hillarious if the rest of the NFL gave the Pats the big middle finger and said sorry, we aren't going to give up a 1st round pick/players/multiple picks (whatever NE seeks). How great would that be! Then they would have a disgruntled back up QB making a $h!t-ton of $ and would have no choice but to let him become a free agent.

Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2009 1:17 pm

Patriots to Franchise Matt Cassel

The pats had no running game? They gained more yards than the titans rushing... what are you talking about?

Since: Aug 16, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2009 12:04 pm

Patriots to Franchise Matt Cassel

I agree with the "Good QBs don't find NE, NE finds potential ..."
Yes, the franchising of Matt Cassel could be sending the message that Tom Brady is behind his rehabilitation schedule, but I believe they would have franchised him anyway. Cassel will make about $14 million next season, but if he had signed a long-term contract, he would have probably netted about $12 million per year anyway.
Sport's Illustrated first commented that the Patriots "are too smart" not to franchise Cassel and that it is the epitome of a win-win situation for the Pats and Cassel.

Since: Jan 23, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2009 11:02 am

Patriots to Franchise Matt Cassel

This makes no sense to me.  Yes, Matt got them to the playoffs and did better than expected, but is that worth the Franchise tag?  No.  I don't even understand how he's on the team since he hadn't thrown a pass since High School.  Something is screwey here.

I don't mean to diss Matt, I just think they are jumping the gun.  If he gets them through the next playoff game, maybe.  I am just afraid he's played above his skill level and NE will regret this for years to come. (I'm not saying he did, I'm saying I am worried that he did.  He's not seasoned or proven it in my opinion.)  I hope this works out for all involved.

Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2009 10:25 am

Patriots to Franchise Matt Cassel

Cassel sucked in pre-season, and he had learning curve that involved a lot of sacks.

But once he figured out he can run, everything turned around.

Cassel is not a fluke - he is a product of the NE Patriots -- just like Brady was.  Good QBs don't find NE, NE finds potential and makes them great QBs.   Do I think he would be as good on another team - no, but that's because these are system players.  It goes along with the whole TEAM mentality.   Look at all the players that have left the pats to go elsewhere -- none of them have done much -- and look at all the players who were tossed aside who have come to the Pats and been successful.  It's not brain surgery.  NE is the best franchise in the NFL, no doubt about it.

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2009 9:53 am

Patriots to Franchise Matt Cassel

ummmmm... no

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2009 8:34 am

Patriots to Franchise Matt Cassel

That sounds like great news for all the teams other than the Pat's.

I used to think that the Pat's head Brass knew what they were doing.  But why are they going to franchise a guy, who's numbers are solely based on the fact that Randy Moss and Wes Welker might have had the higherst YAC numbers of any WR's in the league.

Really, are you going to franchise a guy that throws 3 yrd screen passes that his recievers turn into 20+ yrd gains.  I might be mistaken, but I don't think Cassel completed a pass all year, where the ball traveled 30 Yrds in the area.  At best Cassel is Chad Pennington.  A guy who can dump the ball off and hopefully keep you out of trouble.

More likely, Cassel goes to another team and holds their clipboard after they realize he is a product of a great scheme and system, along with a Pro Bowl line and WR's.

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