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Cassel getting paid

Posted on: July 14, 2009 2:27 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2009 2:30 pm
I guess the Kansas City Chiefs liked what they saw from Matt Cassel the past two months.

After privately hinting they might not give Cassel a contract extension after trading for him from New England, the Chiefs have reportedly given him a six-year deal that is expected to average in the $10-million range, probably similar to what Jacksonville gave Davis Garrard last year.

When the Jaguars paid Garrard, I cautioned about paying a potentiial one-hit wonder. After he struggled last season, there is some debate as to whether the Jaguars made the right move.

The same theory applies here. Cassel had one good year and now he's getting big money? Why not make him play a year under the franchise tag and then see if he's worth it? What's the rush?

Then again, if you trade for him you must think he's the guy.

We'll see.

I would have waited.
Category: NFL
Tags: Matt Cassel

Since: Feb 22, 2009
Posted on: July 14, 2009 7:51 pm

Cassel getting paid

I hate to admit it but, I think Prisco is on the mark here. I smell a one year wonder.

Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2009 7:13 pm

Cassel getting paid

I am not usually a Prisco fan, but he is right on the money.

This makes no sense at all from a business standpoint.  Give credit where credit is due.  The Chiefs should have consulted Prisco first.

Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2009 6:50 pm

Cassel getting paid

It should read "an idiot" so who is the real idiot here?

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2009 6:40 pm

Cassel getting paid

It makes alot of sense that they paid Matt Cassel this year. They ultimately are risking 28 million bucks, and as huge of an amount of money that is in reality, it is not that much on an NFL scale for a promising young QB. As a matter of fact it is the exact same amount of money that Mark Sanchez got for a five year deal. Atleast Cassel has played a game in the league already, he is less of a risk than a rookie is. Now if they hadn't signed Cassel and he went out and had another great year his price tag could have went up 5 or 6 million a season and KC might not have been able to keep him.

 Is it a risk, yes. But I think it is less of a risk than the two big rookie deals this year.

Matt Cassel - 6 yr. 60 Million, 28 guarenteed
Mark Sanchez - 5 yr. 60 million, 28 guarenteed
Matt Stafford - 6 yr. 72 million, 41.7 guarenteed

Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2009 6:31 pm

Cassel getting paid

What gives with you lately, Pete Prisco?  Your commentaries and articles on cbs sports lately are flat and lifeless.  Even your ranking has declined to the All-Star level.

You really can't believe that anyone in their right football mind is going to buy your thesis that the KansasCity Chiefs should look at the David Garrard signing last year as an indicator of what likely will happen with Matt Cassel next year and so on???  Come on!  Num ber One, Matt Cassel is not David Garrard.  Number Two,  after the Chiefs solidify their defense, they need to attend to their receivers.  When I say this, I mean the TEs, their, their WRs, and the RBs.  Look, they know they just lost Tony Gonzalez and Larry Johnson.  They know they are definitely starting over.  But, if you Pete Prisco knew Matt Cassel, you'd agree that this a great gamble:  build the team around the QB, Matt Cassel.  Matt Cassel is a Mr. America citizen with an incredible work ethic to go along with his personality.  He's also an incredibly gifted athlete.  This isn't much of a $40 million gamble ($40m guaranteed of the $63m).

Comparing Cassel to Garrard is like comparing apples to oranges.   Pete, you have to start earning our respect again.  Dig deeper; it seems that lately you appear to be sliding through.  Stop being superficial and get back to what you used to do well:  being a good sportswriter.

Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2009 6:28 pm

Cassel getting paid

Who is Davis Garrard? Frown

Since: Feb 4, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2009 5:06 pm

Cassel getting paid

Thank you lionz_fan for pointing out the non-guaranteed contract portion.  Everyone seems to have forgotten that aspect!  If it's in the vincinity of 40 million guaranteed, well, I may change my opinion.  As someone else pointed out, we were going to have to pay that 14 million anyway, so anything around the 20 million guaranteed won't hurt the Chiefs in any way.

Since: Jun 17, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2009 4:58 pm

Cassel getting paid

Quarterback Matt Stafford, the No. 1 pick in this year's draft, was signed to a six-year contract worth as much as $78 million with $41.7 million in guarantees by the Detroit Lions.

NFL Record: 0-0-0

Quarterback Matt Ryan, the No. 3 pick in last year's draft, was signed to a $72 million, six-year contract with $34.75 million guaranteed by the Atlanta Falcons.

NFL Record: 11-5-0; 0-1 playoffs.

Quarterback Matt Cassel, the No. 230th pick in the 2005 draft, was signed to a six-year deal that is expected to average in the $10-million range by the Kansas City Chiefs.

NFL Record: 10-5-0

Matt-a-matics! So what is your point Prisco?

Since: Jun 16, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2009 4:57 pm

Cassel getting paid

I agree with Prisco....Franchise killer.....He is unproven.  This can bury the chefs.  Too much of a gamble.  The risk is not worth the reward.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2009 4:41 pm

Cassel getting paid

Some points for Pete,

You pay 1st round rookies ungodly sums of money to sign them to long term contracts without even 1 down of NFL football.  This translates into players who are not committed to contracts or are due for a contract ala Matt Cassel feeling they deserve their payday comparable to what there peers who just entered the league make.  You have players who average about 9-15 years of playable time needing to earn a lifetime of income.  You have the most violent game in sports. 

So given these facts do you really want to anger the player who you just traded for by making him play to pay verses the rookie you just gave 30 million upfront guarenteed leading your 700 Million dollar franchise?  How do you think that would go over?  You then have a disgruntled QB in a new system on a 3- whatever team trying to turn around the fortunes of your business. 

No offense, but NFL players are some of the most underpaid athletes in all of sports and you question the intelligence of locking up a player to a nice contract in a league with non-gaurenteed contracts?

I think its better to sign what you value then play around with a guys livelihood and except any of the players to respect your management.  Let alone the kind of reputation you are going to earn in the agent community.  Franchising guys and not offering them long term contracts is a scumball thing to do. 

Of course you are Pete Prisco.  So I am sure you treat your employees like expendable garbage.  Good for you.

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