The Patriots today sent 3600 yard passer Matt Cassel as well as OLB Mike Vrabel to the Kansas City Chiefs for a 2nd round pick (34). I have to admit, I’m a little jealous of the deal from my own teams standpoint, and love it for the Chiefs. Regardless of the knocks people want to put on Cassel because of his lack of playing time, or because of what he accomplished last year while throwing to Randy Moss and Wes Welker, the fact still remains that he threw for 3600 yards and 21 TD’s. Those are hard numbers to ignore, regardless of the system or the players that are in that system.
I know Bucs fans are going to get all riled up and start bashing the Kellen Winslow trade because of what the Chiefs were able to net with their 2nd round pick, but I think it is important to keep a few things in mind here before going apeshit. The Chiefs pick is 16 picks higher than our pick in the 2nd round which can be a huge difference in player ability. The real thing to keep in mind here is the fact that under no circumstances, would the Pats have made that move with any other team. Yes, they needed to clear Cassel’s 14.5 mil off the books in order to resign their own impending 2010 FA’s (some good ones), but they could have still afforded to keep both players this season. The main reason behind the move was the friendship that Scott Pioli and Belichek forged as partners in building a dynasty. You can also tell the respect that Bill has for Cassel and while everyone might think this not possible from a man with no heart, but Bill wanted to see Cassel get a chance to shine.
“It is very easy to root for guys like Matt Cassel, who do everything the right way and flourish as a result,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said in a statement. “As much as we would have loved to continue working with Matt, we wish him nothing but the best as he takes this next step forward in his career.”
Should be a lessen to the Eric Manginas of the world. If your not a total doucher, maybe things have a way of working themselves out for the best.