According to John Clayton of ESPN.com, the six-year deal signed by Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel includes $28 million in guaranteed money.
That’s $8 million less than an April report regarding a long-term deal for Cassel had identified.
And it’s only (only?) $13.35 million more than the guaranteed money that Cassel would have received if he had played in 2009 under the terms of his one-year franchise tender.
So Cassel could have borne the risk of injury and/or ineffectiveness in 2009, and he possibly could have landed a much, much larger total package.
But, like Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, Cassel likely concluded that $63 million over six years is far more than he’d ever earn in the NFL. And, like his former teammate Tom Brady in New England, Cassel likely realizes that he needs to leave some other money in the payroll pot in order to allow the team to amass other guys who will help Cassel become as successful as he can be.