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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: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2009 10:36 pm

Patriots to Franchise Matt Cassel

I can't see any logic behind keeping Cassel for any amount of money. #1- if they think he is going to be better than Brady or more productive, then this Middle School football coach should be in the GM office. #2- why would you give Brady a chance to turn around and hand your anus to you (ex. Chad Pennington/Jets)#3- Would Belichick really allow this to happen?  I think Brady will only start looking around other towns if this happens. 

As much as I dislike the Patriots...I think Brady deserves better than this...Cassel is a FLUKE.

Since: Sep 13, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2009 9:53 pm

Patriots to Franchise Matt Cassel

This was a smart move by the Pats. I'm sure Cassel is completely aware that either him or Brady will be traded, so this is a win win situation for the Pats and Cassel. The Pats should be able to trade either Brady or Cassel for a high draft pick(s).

Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2009 4:00 pm

Patriots to Franchise Matt Cassel

This is a cant lose move for Patriots If Brady is ready they win If Brady rehab is goig slowly in april prior to draft the pats they keep cassell and take the cap hit. If brady is ok they trade cassel for a first round and third round draft pick or better. If Brady knee is still screwed up the pay brady and cassel If brady cant play they will have insurance to pay the majority of his salary



Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2009 2:44 pm

QB Insurance

By franchising Matt Cassel I believe it may be an indicator as to where Brady's rehab schedule is. With conflicting reports about his rehab it makes sense to tag Cassel assuring the Patriots a top notch QB for the 2009 season. I would also question Cassels success on other teams such as Detroit or Kansas City. I would see Cassel as a good fit in San Fransico, behind a decent running game, a trade to SF could yield some decent picks. The franchise tag is in effect an insurance policy on the 2009 season, a smart move by the Patriots.

Since: Aug 16, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2009 12:24 pm

Patriots to Franchise Matt Cassel

Thanks for the comments everyone.
Mike2381 - you really need to calm down a bit, count to ten, and take some deep breaths.
Would you have expected anything more from a back-up quarterback? Throw in the fact that he hasn't started a game since high school, only three 33 passes at USC, etc...
Cassel was much better than Brett Favre this season, and Favre is going to the Pro Bowl.
Yes, he has superior wide receivers, but so do the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns, and they are both at home right now, lamenting the Buckeye's loss to Texas in the Fiesta Bowl!
Cassel is not Tom Brady, not now and probably not ever. But that doesn't mean that he can't have continued success either here, if Brady can't go next season, or elsewhere. Besides, even though their defense is well below average, wouldn't you rather them fix it through the draft than over-paying free agents. I would, especially since now there are NO questions about the quarterback position, which last time I checked, was in fact the most important position to a football team.
The Patriots have already started the rebuliding process. We all know about Jerrod Mayo, but Brandon Merriweather is much improved to the point where (because of his youth and athleticism) he is a better option and the Pats don't need Rodney Harrison back. Also, the Patriots don't have to worry about who is going to start at corner next year opposite of Ellis Hobbs, as Jonathan Wilhite played very well to finish the season, and he will have the start next season. The Pats need another linebacker in the first round, and then a corner later.
But, no question, franchising Cassel was the right move to make.

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2009 9:56 am

Patriots to Franchise Matt Cassel

For mike2381

You were making some decent points even though you are obviously filled with hate.... wait I mean jealousy!!!!!!!! Anyway you bombed because the Pats had the 6th best rushing offense in the NFL. 

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2009 9:52 am

Patriots to Franchise Matt Cassel

You were making some decent points even though you are obviously filled with hate wait I mean jealousy!!!!!!!! Anyway you bombed because the Pats had the 6th best rushing offense in the NFL. 

Since: Nov 10, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2009 9:48 am

Patriots to Franchise Matt Cassel

Tom Brady won't play for the Patriots next year.  He is not very athletic, and can maybe bench 220lbs, on his best day.  He is a talented QB very smart, but I don't think he will rehab like McNabb, or Manning, or even Culpepper, of which two of these three took more than one year to come back, and Manning came back quick, only because of his deal with devil.

Brady won't be ready next year, and bet on Cassel having another good year.  When Brady doesn't play next year look for the Patriots to shop around one of the two for draft picks 2010. 

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2009 9:22 am

Patriots to Franchise Matt Cassel-Brady Retires

Mike 2381

While I don't think Cassel is Brady or Manning or Rivers (2008) he's better than Hasselback, Favre, McNabb or most of the garbage bags in the NFL. As is the case with most teams, the QB is only as good as his OL and WR. Cassel had "good" Ol at the end of the season, but at the beginning he spent a lot of time looking up from the turf. He improved as the year went on and the OL was finally in sync with the moves he made. His WR had to adjust to him early and they got him hit often and hard.

At the end of 2008 Cassel was as good as any other QB in the NFL. When he couldn't find a reciever, he got the yardage on his own (Brady , Manning and Rivers couldn't on their best days) using his legs or threw the ball away. When had to make a tough pass, he did like the one to Moss in the Jets game. He ate up Miami and Arizona.

The decision to franchise him is predicated on information that no one other than the coaching staff and personnel people in the Patriots inner chamber have. If I were to have to bet my money, I'd bet that Brady has problem with the knee that no one knows about and needs another surgery. I'd be willing to bet that Brady shocks the world and retires. He takes 2009 off and Cassel plays under the franchise tag. Cassel signs a long term deal in 2010...(look out...the CBL is up, no cap) with the Pats. Brady rehabs, get the knee back and resigns with the Pats and the Pats deal Cassel.

Brady is comensurate Patriot. He retires, the Pats don't take the massive cap hit and can play in the free agent pool. They can sign the players they need to fill the defensive backfield, shore up the LB core and the OL. This started a long time ago before anyone even had a notion that Brady was a question mark. How many other teams in the NFL could have lost the starting QB, RB, 2 LB, 2 DB and still finished at 11-5 and in contention for the playoffs? 15 players on the DL in 2008 and 85% of the NFL were sweating bullets that the Pats would be in the playoffs...........................

with Casshole at QB!!!!  

Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2009 9:12 am

Patriots to Franchise Matt Cassel

Matt Cassell was lucky enough to have a great supporting staff and a VERY soft schedule. Not to take away anything from Cassell, but when he played good teams his own personal play was not at its high level as when playing mediocre teams. There is no way this backup quarterback who started his first game since high school this season is a true NFL starting quarterback. The Patriots however are very smart and will probably trade him and receive good compensation. No team however should mortgage its future on Matt Cassell.

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