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ESPN's Harris: Matt Cassel will be good in Kansas City

And thus ends the Tyler Thigpen administration.

As if you needed any more proof that there's a new sheriff in town, Chiefs fans, new GM Scott Pioli and new head coach Todd Haley pulled off a trade that I have a hard time believing ex-GM Carl Peterson and ex-coach Herm Edwards would've made. On Saturday afternoon, they filled in the details from the Mike Vrabel trade from Friday: Kansas City will receive both Vrabel and Matt Cassel from the Patriots in exchange for its second-round pick this April, the 34th overall selection.

Wow.Forget the gimmick offense that Thigpen ran in the second half of 2008. Heck, forget Thigpen. He's back where he belongs: a very athletic runner and a second-stringer capable of injecting some life into a team for a short period of time, but someone who's too erratic with his arm to be a starter. With Haley in place, essentially working as his own offensive coordinator (the Chiefs haven't announced who'll call the plays, Haley or returning coordinator Chan Gailey, but I have to believe it'll be Haley), and Pioli coming over from the highly successful Patriots offensive system, I think it's safe to assume you're going to see a lot of shotgun out of the Chiefs in 2009, and a lot of passing in general. After all, Haley's coming over from the Cardinals, where he had Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, et al.

Cassel isn't a lock to be successful, but he's a lock to start, and he's got Dwayne Bowe and Tony Gonzalez at his disposal. Should Cassel instantly be rated as a top-five quarterback? Absolutely not. He doesn't have the O-line he leaves behind in New England, and while Bowe's a nice young player, he's not Randy Moss. Plus Cassel hasn't shown he can consistently throw the deep ball; even while accumulating 3,693 pass yards in '08, he never showed he could consistently make teams pay for single-covering his wideouts deep. But I believe Cassel will be a starter right away in a 12-team fantasy league. And Bowe and Gonzo are looking like utter studs in a pass-heavy system. Heck, upgrade Mark Bradley and Will Franklin in deeper leagues while you're at it.

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28 Feb 2009 by Ryan Luis

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Cassel Almost Went to Denver

Even without serious competition from a backup, the Broncos had themselves a quarterback controversy Friday.

Jay Cutler, the Broncos' starting quarterback, the franchise, the one player who carried all hope for a greater future, believes his days with the team are numbered even after a proposed deal that would have sent him to Tampa Bay and Matt Cassel to Denver never materialized.

"My understanding at this point is they're trying to trade me," Cutler said this afternoon. "We'll see where I end up at. I liked it here, I liked playing with these guys but obviously they're not going to let me have that opportunity."

The deal had Tampa Bay trying to acquire Cutler in exchange for a first-round draft pick. In turn, the Broncos would have traded the first-round draft pick to New England in exchange for quarterback Matt Cassel.

McDaniels was the Patriots' offensive coordinator last season when he helped guide Cassel, a career-long backup, to an 11-5 record and 89.4 passer rating that ranked 10th in the league.

It may be important to note, Tampa Bay initiated the deal. And they weren't the only team that inquired about acquiring Cutler.

"He's not the only person in the last few days we've received calls on," McDaniels said. "We've received trade calls on a number of players, which is not uncommon this time of the year. I also think the sensitivity of the other trade that was occurring, with my relationship with New England and the whole Cassel thing, I think that stirred the pot even more."

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28 Feb 2009 by Ryan Luis

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The Kansas City Chiefs have found their starting quarterback. NFL Network’s Adam Schefter reports the Chiefs acquired QB Matt Cassel from the New England Patriots in a trade.

The teams have agreed on compensation, but no details of the deal were immediately availabKansas City Chiefs have found their starting quarterback. NFL Network’s Adam Schefter reports the Chiefs acquired QB Matt Cassel from the New England Patriots in a trade.

The teams have agreed on compensation, but no details of the deal were immediately available.


NFL Network reports that Chiefs trade for QB Matt Cassel

New England and the Chiefs have worked another deal, and this time it's a huge one. According to the NFL Network, quarterback Matt Cassel is a Chief.

There aren't many details yet, such as what the Chiefs surrendered (most likely draft picks, and even more like their No. 3 overall choice), but those details should emerge today.

Either way, it appears Cassel is the Chiefs' next quarterback. He's 27 years old and was recently franchised by the Patriots. In order to comply with the NFL's rules on franchised players, the Chiefs would have to sign Cassel to a multi-year contract.


NBC Blog: Cassel Is A Chief


Less than a week ago, I opined at that the Chiefs and the Patriots wouldn't be able to work out a trade for quarterback Matt Cassel because each side would be overly concerned about the perception that the other got the better side of the bargain.

So much for that.

Adam Schefter of NFL Network reports that the deal is done -- Cassel has been traded from the Patriots to the Chiefs.

The terms are not yet known. 

It's easy to assume that the Chiefs gave up the No. 3 overall pick in the draft, but the Pats aren't the kind of team that would want to pay the kind of huge-money contract that the third overall slot commands.

That said, the Patriots could try to trade down from No. 3, continuing their practice of stockpiling draft picks and getting them at lower slots and thus cheaper
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FLASHBACK (2/23/2009)

Florio: Trading Patriots QB Matt Cassel not as easy as it looks

With $14.65 million in cap space devoted to a backup quarterback and a starting quarterback who claims he'll be ready to return from a major knee injury in 2009, the New England Patriots are in a bind.
The conventional thinking is that, whether he leaves via trade or signs a longer-term deal to become the Steve Young to Tom Brady's Joe Montana, Matt Cassel won't be playing this season under that one-year cap-killing contract.
But trading Cassel won't be as easy as it looks. For starters, the team that acquires Cassel's rights will have to be willing to give him the kind of big-money contract that he and his agents deem appropriate.
Even then, it might be difficult to work out an arrangement. Here are the primary options, and the problems associated with each one.
1. Kansas City Chiefs
The easiest and cleanest transaction would involve sending Cassel to the man who drafted him, former Pats Vice President of Player Personnel and current Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli.
Easier said than done.
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28 Feb 2009 by roulies

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Williamson's Chiefs Notes

  • Speaking of Cassel, many believe the Chiefs are the only team he could be traded to if the Patriots deal him. With the Mike Vrabel trade going down Friday, it is obvious new Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli is comfortable talking with his former team about a deal.
  • I wonder if new Kansas City coach Todd Haley will use Vrabel as a tight end near the end zone like the Patriots did. Haley is not scared of using unconventional plays, so it could be intriguing.
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    28 Feb 2009 by Ryan Luis

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    Williamson: Pioli sticks to his roots in Vrabel trade

    It is significant that Scott Pioli's very first player addition as the leader of the Kansas City Chiefs is Mike Vrabel.

    Vrabel will forever be remembered as one of the great faces of the New England Patriots' dynasty team of this decade. Gritty, tough, overachieving and a dripping with leadership, Vrabel was a Patriot.

    The Patriot Way is a mantra in Kansas City as Pioli strikes out on his own as the general manager of the wayward Chiefs after being the man behind the scenes during the Lombardi Trophy days in New England.

    After weeks of silence and complete poker-faced operations. Pioli has made a bombshell with his first move as he acquired the linebacker from New England in a deal for an undisclosed draft choice. Many in the loop had no idea the Patriots would even think of trading Vrabel.

    At 33, he was still productive on the field and he was a great leader of the Patriots. Now, he has a new role in Kansas City. Vrabel will be a nurturer.

    The Chiefs are the youngest team in the NFL. They are a long way from being a contender. But so were the Patriots when Vrabel came to New England in 2001. The Patriots ended that season with their first Super Bowl parade.

    We're not saying the Vrabel-Chiefs connection will be super, but he will make the team better. All of the Chiefs young players will see how hard Vrabel plays and prepares. He is a terrific piece for Pioli to start his tenure with in Kansas City.

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    27 Feb 2009 by Ryan Luis

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    Boston, MA (Sports Network) - The Kansas City Chiefs have reportedly acquired linebacker Mike Vrabel from the New England Patriots.

    There was no official word from either team, but the Boston Globe contacted Vrabel by email and the veteran confirmed to the paper that he had been traded. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

    The move for Vrabel, who will turn 34 prior to the start of the 2009 season, was likely made in an effort to help boost one of the NFL's worst pass rushes of all time. The 2-14 Chiefs posted a league-low 10 sacks in 2008, the worst such figure since the statistic was first recorded.

    Vrabel, who has posted 55 sacks in an 11-year NFL career that includes time spent with both the Steelers (1997-2000) and Patriots (2001-2008), should offer Kansas City a new dimension coming off the edge.

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    27 Feb 2009 by Ryan Luis

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    Whitlock: Chiefs’ All-Pro guard Waters wants out of Kansas City

    Jason Whitlock is the author, so take this with a grain of salt...

    Chiefs Pro Bowl guard Brian Waters asked the organization Thursday to release or trade him this offseason, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

    Waters asked for his release two days after a brief meeting with new head coach Todd Haley and after being told by first-time general manager Scott Pioli that he had no interest in meeting with Waters, the source said.

    Waters, according to the source, was offended and shocked by what he perceived to be the arrogance of Haley and Pioli. Waters’ meeting with Haley and follow-up phone conversations confirmed in the nine-year vet’s mind that the negative reports about Haley he heard from Arizona Cardinals players while at the Pro Bowl were accurate, according to the source.

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    26 Feb 2009 by Ryan Luis

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    SWCS Grad Joins NFL Ranks

    Fran and Amy Sirianni of Howard Avenue in West Ellicott have been loyal fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers for years.

    But that allegiance to the Super Bowl champions will now be put to the test, because their youngest son is now a Kansas City Chief.

    Nick Sirianni has landed a job as the offensive quality control coach with the National Football League team. Sirianni, 27, interviewed with new Chiefs' head coach Todd Haley last Saturday at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, was hired on Monday, is preparing to move to Missouri this weekend and will start his new job next week.

    ''I don't know if I can count it as a job,'' Sirianni said by cell phone Thursday afternoon. ''It's an unbelievable opportunity to reach your dream.''

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    26 Feb 2009 by Ryan Luis

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