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WILL PATRIOTS HOLD ON TO CASSEL?

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Saturday night that Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel has accepted the franchise tag, guaranteeing him $14.65 million for the 2009 season.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean New England will deal Cassel this offseason.
According to NFL Network’s Adam Schefter, there is popular sentiment around the league that the Patriots will hold on to him.
“Some around the league believe it’s 95 percent that he remains in New England,” Schefter writes.
A couple things need to happen for the Patriots to find a suitable trading partner.
One, they need to get an offer that makes a deal worth it.  And two, Cassel has to agree to terms with the new team.
According to Schefter, even if Tom Brady shows he’s healthy, the Patriots could still hold on to Cassel.

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  1. kurt37 says: Feb 8, 2009 11:38 AM

    no, minnesota or chicago will give the pats whatever they want

  2. PurpleJeebus says: Feb 8, 2009 11:42 AM

    I call total BS. If they keep Cassel they’ll have like 30 million tied up in two players, and only one of them can be on the field at a given moment.
    This is just the Pats trying to gain trading leverage and squeeze this situation for everything they can.

  3. kearseofjevon says: Feb 8, 2009 11:47 AM

    once again the hoody is hoodwinking the league. There is a ZERO percent chance that
    Cassell is back with the Pats next year.

  4. Dorchester Frank says: Feb 8, 2009 11:54 AM

    For those who think this is not a well planned scenario you’re head is buried deep in your rectum cavity. The Patriots know what they are going to do, and you know what? that’s all that matters. Belichick will not go into a season hoping for anything. By draft time things will be clear and if they choose to trade Cassel, good! If they keep him, good! This is called win-win situation. Be assured, the man with the hoodie knows what he is doing. Okay, haters……. go!

  5. 8man says: Feb 8, 2009 11:54 AM

    I wouldn’t say zero until Tom Brady starts taking snaps and proves he can take the field. Who really knows how he and that knee are doing?

  6. JoeSixPack says: Feb 8, 2009 11:55 AM

    I can’t think of a better way to increase trade value then to let it be known in “League Circles” that you’re willing to hold a player rather than deal him.

  7. cardinalssuck says: Feb 8, 2009 12:10 PM

    If Brady’s able to come back healthy, Cassel is gone, 100%. They lose this guy to free agency at the end of next season, they’ll take anything for him over nothing.

  8. MarkB says: Feb 8, 2009 12:11 PM

    Are “some in the leage” the same people who said Belichick was going to the Giants a couple of years ago?
    The Patriots don’t have to tie up 30 million in two players. They can sign Cassel to a four year deal at much less per year. If they choose to keep him, that’s what they’ll do.

  9. JoeSixPack says: Feb 8, 2009 12:14 PM

    kearseofjevon – I wouldn’t say its a zero percent chance.
    If Cassel doesn’t like the team or the offer for guaranteed money (it would need to be a lot more than $15 million) he can refuse a trade, remain a $15 million backup to Tom Brady this year (with any luck sitting on the bench during the season without risk of injury) and go out on the free agent market again next year.

  10. patsfan1776 says: Feb 8, 2009 12:21 PM

    Brady not only needs to show he is healthy but that he is mentally focused to play again. From what has been going on, I think he needs to be shipped to the West coast.

  11. espnsux says: Feb 8, 2009 12:21 PM

    We might as well be speculating about pregnant martians. While this very well may be true, and I hope it is, I’m going to hold off until an actual journalist who works for an actual news org. reports it. ESPN is the Weekly World News, National Enquirer, and Star of the sports world all rolled into one.

  12. CaptainFantastik says: Feb 8, 2009 12:22 PM

    It’s only win/win for the Pats if:
    a) They can find a trade partner, or
    b) Brady’s not healthy and they need him start.
    And even wih option B it’s not really a huge plus scenario because it essentially leaves them enough cap room to sign their draft class and that’s about it.

  13. Dinozzo says: Feb 8, 2009 12:28 PM

    Maybe it will be this year’s version of the Wildcat…having two QB’s on the field at the same time??? Maybe Cassell will be the full time Punter??

  14. filbertkiwi71 says: Feb 8, 2009 12:30 PM

    Dorchester Frank says:
    February 8th, 2009 at 11:54 am
    “For those who think this is not a well planned scenario you’re head is buried deep in your rectum cavity. The Patriots know what they are going to do, and you know what? that’s all that matters. Belichick will not go into a season hoping for anything. By draft time things will be clear and if they choose to trade Cassel, good! If they keep him, good! This is called win-win situation. Be assured, the man with the hoodie knows what he is doing. Okay, haters……. go! ”
    ============
    Haters? The Patriots haven’t won the SB in how many years? Give me a break. Just because people may have a different viewpoint than you, that doesn’t make them haters.
    By using your logic, IMO that would mean that those who share your viewpoint are nothing but Patriot/Belichik ass kissers.
    I don’t share that viewpoint either. No one knows how good Cassel will be. It is a risk whether people choose to trade for him or choose not to trade for him.
    When Brees was let go by the Chargers a few years ago, a lot of teams passed on him. How many teams now wish that they had offered him a contract?
    The difference is that the team that tries to trade for Cassel will have to give up compensation. Is giving up that compensation worth the unknown that is Cassel? Only time will tell. One good season does not a great QB make.
    I don’t see him going to KC. Paoli drafted him. I am sure he can find another QB in the draft. Besides, KC has a lot more issues than just finding a QB. The same can be said for the Vikings and Bears. Sure, bringing in Cassel maybe a good idea, but who the hell is he going to throw to?

  15. superius says: Feb 8, 2009 12:34 PM

    Ahhhh brilliant BB working hard again. He manages to get one of the leagues most respected reporters to write that the Patriots are all but certain to keep a hold of Cassel.
    Makes it much more difficult for the teams that actually want Cassel to offer a 2nd round pick thinking that the Pats have to get rid of Cassel because of the cap hit…now they are trying to pry free a QB they need rather than waiting to pick up Cassel on the cheap from a team that doesn’t want him.
    I love BB.

  16. Dan1919 says: Feb 8, 2009 12:38 PM

    The Patriots are trying to get someone to pay 2 firsts. If the Vikings decide Cassel is worth 2 firsts, and signs the Tender – dont forget that poison pills are legal and they used one to get Hutchison from Seattle.
    If the Titans were to sign Cassel, it would only cost them pick #30 and a first next year.
    One last thing – if the Lions wanted to sign Cassel for 2 firsts – it would have to be for pick #1. You must use your original picks to sign a tagged player. So that will not happen.
    Dan

  17. Draft King says: Feb 8, 2009 12:45 PM

    I don’t understand why Cassel hasn’t signed the one-year contract yet. The tag can be revoked at any time, and he’s looking at a guaranteed $14.65 for *one* year of service. Then, boom, he’s a free agent again and can command even more guaranteed money on the open market. And if he’s not a starter in 2009? So what — he proved himself in 2008.

  18. superius says: Feb 8, 2009 12:56 PM

    JoeSixPack says:
    February 8th, 2009 at 12:14 pm
    go out on the free agent market again next year.
    ———
    He could but he could also hurt his chances of getting the big money contract by allowing the hype around him to die down, especially if there are better QBs in the draft next year. It’s the perfect situation for him this year…tons of hype and hardly any 1st round worthy QBs.
    * * *
    filbertkiwi71 says:
    February 8th, 2009 at 12:30 pm
    Haters? The Patriots haven’t won the SB in how many years? Give me a break. Just because people may have a different viewpoint than you, that doesn’t make them haters.
    ——-
    They haven’t won a SB in 4 years. Since then, however, they have been to an AFC championship and a super bowl. I guess this must mean they are terrible…

  19. ScootyPuffJunior says: Feb 8, 2009 1:14 PM

    Cassel for Peppers straight up.

  20. GR365 says: Feb 8, 2009 1:17 PM

    He was tagged at the first opportunity the Pats had to tag him!
    Tells me they want the extra time to get the best deal possible.
    Any GM that doesn’t give Cassel a serious look see will be kicking themselves in the azz, down the road!
    I could list the 1st round QB Bust list, but it’s too long!
    Matt will be starting. Don’t over-look O’Connell…He could play most of the pre-season and could start until Tom is back in the saddle!
    If I were say Detroit, I’d take a OT or DT with the #1. Trade the 20th and 33rd, take Cassel and build a Team. There are alot of possible trade partners. Let’s face it, there’s not an over-abundence of QB talent in the NFL… Believe me this years draft isn’t 1983 where several stud QB’s are available.
    Stafford is impressive, armwise but, no NFL experience! He need a year or 2 to get up to speed. Sanchez is a one year starter and made Pete Carroll mad when he left for the draft. He’s not ready!
    I don’t think the Patriots want a high 1st. 15-20 range would be what BB would want. The league needs QB’s and the Pats need LB’s and Cb’s…Since justice was served and Commish Howdy Doodie took a 1st for taping cheerleaders, an additional 1st would be a good start!

  21. Devils Advocate says: Feb 8, 2009 1:19 PM

    What this thread is all about is the Pat’s Haters want to deny reality and diminish Cassel as much as they can. It really is funny because they just throw stones. Cassel almost had a Pro Bowl year but they all claim he sucks. The dude was a top ten QB this year. Those are the cold hard facts.
    It really is funny reading some of these demented comments. If Cassel was on their team this year they would say he was Steve Young but because he is on the Patriots he sucks.
    Don’t be surprised if Cassel stays in New England or if he is traded.
    Attn: Morons – if they keep him it won’t be at the 14.6 million number you idiots. Why even make a dumb statment like that.
    I think the Patriots and Cassel want a win win for both of them. No one is trying to shaft the other party here. This is going to be a very amiable solution for both of them.
    Rule#1 – BB is always right.
    Rule#2 – When you start having doubts about BB and think he might possibly be wrong about something – reread Rule#1
    The Patriots will be back in the playoff’s after a short break next year.
    Read it and weep Hatriots.

  22. BarkingTuna says: Feb 8, 2009 1:20 PM

    ——————-
    Draft King says:
    February 8th, 2009 at 12:45 pm
    I don’t understand why Cassel hasn’t signed the one-year contract yet. The tag can be revoked at any time
    ——————–
    Come on, man… read the very first sentence of the article:
    “ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Saturday night that Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel has accepted the franchise tag, guaranteeing him $14.65 million for the 2009 season.”

  23. hesawinner says: Feb 8, 2009 1:30 PM

    No chance they keep him. The money actually makes it an impossibility because there’s just no chance in hell any pro sports team in today’s economy would PLAN to pay a benchwarmer $15m. Plus they badly need the picks to keep rebuilding their defense.

  24. blackglass3 says: Feb 8, 2009 1:32 PM

    Cassel already signed the one year contract, draft king. You must really pay attention to football.

  25. Bart Starr says: Feb 8, 2009 1:34 PM

    Why dont the Pats keep Cassel and trade Brady? it would be drastic but wise, a similar move that the Chargers surley realized they muffed last year when they let Turner walk and kept LT. If they’re willing to pay him they must be willing to play him.

  26. yerol says: Feb 8, 2009 1:39 PM

    Pat’s will probably keep cassel as they will not know for sure if Brady can play for quite a while, and maybe not until into training camp. Remember, Brady got a cadaver graft instead of using his own tendon. they are not as good, and the reason he had so many infections and had to redo it. Most Athletic trainers will tell you that he will have problems for a while and may never be the same becasue of the scar tissue from all of the operations.
    Chances are that Brady will not be effective next year, as McMabb wasn’t either. I think Cassel is the number one under center for the first regular season game next year.

  27. wolverine21 says: Feb 8, 2009 1:50 PM

    i feel bad for him if BB and the pats highjack his career for a year.
    this guy could’ve moved on through free agency, become somebodys designate starter and finally begin a career, away from BB’s dictatorship, that at times looked very promising. its really a shame. just let the guy hit free agency and move on. you think he actually wants to stay in new england and sit behind brady after throwing for 3,500 yds or whatever it was? NO
    FREE TIBET? er.. no.. FREE CASSEL!

  28. HarrisonHits says: Feb 8, 2009 1:51 PM

    “They lose this guy to free agency at the end of next season”
    What makes you think they wouldn’t tag him again to get trade value ?
    Until Brady proves he is fully healed and capable Cassel goes nowhere. Even after that point the Pats may well want to retain Cassel. If Brady gets reinjured before the knee is 100% he might never come back.

  29. JimmySmith says: Feb 8, 2009 1:58 PM

    Its similar to the video taping, Bellicheat is relying on the ignorance of the rest of the league to get away with this.
    If all 31 teams hold off, the gamble is an expensive one. Bellicheat is betting that one team will be desperate enough to give away a king’s ransom for a system QB with 15 games experience.

  30. ColumbusWVU says: Feb 8, 2009 2:20 PM

    I look for Cassell to be a “Matt Schaub” type QB in a different system. Anyone that would trade 2 1st rounders for him would be making a mistake that could set the franchise back 2-3 years. I think Cassell did a great job filling in for Brady, but it’s clear that the system has something to do w/ the success of the QB.

  31. superius says: Feb 8, 2009 2:35 PM

    Bart Starr says:
    February 8th, 2009 at 1:34 pm
    Why dont the Pats keep Cassel and trade Brady? it would be drastic but wise, a similar move that the Chargers surley realized they muffed last year when they let Turner walk and kept LT. If they’re willing to pay him they must be willing to play him.

  32. kellyb9 says: Feb 8, 2009 2:45 PM

    “PurpleJeebus says:
    February 8th, 2009 at 11:42 am
    I call total BS. If they keep Cassel they’ll have like 30 million tied up in two players.”
    I agree… what the hell do they think they are… THE COLTS?!?!

  33. Alpheratz says: Feb 8, 2009 3:04 PM

    The last thing Coach Belichik wants is a high 1st round pick.
    They’ll sign Cassel to a multi year deal worth good money.

  34. LuvThatDirtyWatah says: Feb 8, 2009 4:00 PM

    Billy O’Belichick has the rest of the league believing the Pats are going to hold onto Cassel. Driving up the cost…..gotta love the Genius. He’s always 2 steps ahead of the rest of the league.
    Starting to think we’ll get a 1st/3rd MINIMUM for Cassel.

  35. BostonAtlanta says: Feb 8, 2009 5:43 PM

    Devils Advocate says:
    February 8th, 2009 at 1:19 pm
    Rule#1 – BB is always right.
    Rule#2 – When you start having doubts about BB and think he might possibly be wrong about something – reread Rule#1
    —————————————————————————————————————–
    What he said!

  36. Mistress Rachael says: Feb 8, 2009 6:23 PM

    Last month of season, Cassel was one of top 3 QB’s in AFC….If he stays, he’ll get 3 year 18 million w/a clause stating renegociation if traded, or a huge raise if traded, with backloaded bonus.
    Belichick never does what people think…which is why he’s the top coach in NFL. But…you can be certain that Cassel goes nowhere unless NE profits in picks and/or players

  37. Dorchester Frank says: Feb 8, 2009 7:34 PM

    filbertkiwi71 says:
    Do you look as dumb as you sound? I-D-I-O-T!

  38. Dont Taze Me Bro says: Feb 8, 2009 9:17 PM

    There’s no way i’d give even 1 first rounder for Cassell. I’d be hesitant to even pay him real starting QB money. He’s still unproven. Unless the Pats throw Moss and Welker in with the deal, i wouldn’t spend anything for Cassell.
    Culpepper looked pretty unstoppable too with Moss and Carter. Without them, he’s a below average starter.
    I remember Dolphins fans saying how they should trade away Dan Marino and move on with Scott Mitchell.
    Cassell would be smart to stay in NE, take the guaranteed money for one season, then hit free agency again next year.

  39. Tyler.Durden says: Feb 9, 2009 2:52 AM

    Who do you think leaked the info that brady has had setbacks etc in his recovery from knee surgery.
    It’s a clever play to make other teams think we actually NEED him.

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