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Matt Cassel could be on Cardinals radar

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With Alex Smith heading to Kansas City, there’s not much chance that Matt Cassel will be returning to the Chiefs for the 2013 season.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Wednesday that we should look for the Chiefs to release Cassel and that the Cardinals are likely to be one of the teams interested in securing his services. The first half of that isn’t a surprise, but the second half does merit a raised eyebrow or two.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians likes to throw the ball deep, something Cassel has proven to be woefully ill-equipped to do over the course of his NFL career. That, along with his 30 turnovers in the last 18 games, makes it seem like an odd choice to stop the quarterback carousel from spinning in the desert. While the Cardinals might not be keen on paying Kevin Kolb his current salary, it’s difficult to see where Cassel would be something more than replacing one bad fit with another.

Having said that, the price the Chiefs paid for Smith and the time they chose to pay it indicate the scarcity of sure-fire quarterback options available right now. Cassel wasn’t good last season, but he was better than Ryan Lindley and John Skelton. That might be enough for the Cardinals to add him to the mix even as they continue the search for a better answer to their quarterback question.

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31 Responses to “Matt Cassel could be on Cardinals radar”
  1. beardinals says: Feb 27, 2013 4:03 PM

    No way in this universe!!!!

  2. pixelito says: Feb 27, 2013 4:05 PM

    Football was the worst thing that ever happened to Matt Cassel.

  3. benroethlisberger7 says: Feb 27, 2013 4:07 PM

    LOL! Dark times in Arizona…

  4. trevor123698 says: Feb 27, 2013 4:09 PM

    kolb is better

  5. jcmeyer10 says: Feb 27, 2013 4:09 PM

    I just heard a collective groan from the state of Arizona.

  6. ampats says: Feb 27, 2013 4:14 PM

    I can see Cassel coming back to NE to back up Brady, especially if the Patriots trade Mallett (Browns?)

  7. thebigcaptain2011 says: Feb 27, 2013 4:14 PM


  8. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 27, 2013 4:18 PM

    “pixelito says:
    Feb 27, 2013 4:05 PM
    Football was the worst thing that ever happened to Matt Cassel.”

    Yeah right. Cassel and his bank account full of millions certainly find that assessment very amusing.

  9. peytonsneck18 says: Feb 27, 2013 4:19 PM

    One teams garbage is another teams….GARBAGE! !!!

  10. coltzfan166 says: Feb 27, 2013 4:21 PM

    Cassel is going back to New England. End of story.

  11. goldrush36 says: Feb 27, 2013 4:28 PM

    I can’t help but feel bad for the cards. Would much rather see this happen to a pompous team like Seattle

  12. seahawks4alltime says: Feb 27, 2013 4:30 PM

    The pass rushers for the Rams, Seahawks, and 49ers are rubbing their hands together in anticipation.

  13. rg3andout says: Feb 27, 2013 4:32 PM

    im sorry to say this, but bruce arians stay in arizona wont be long!!!!

  14. rg3andout says: Feb 27, 2013 4:34 PM

    cassell has one job last year, hand off to charles and company and game manage, and he couldnt even do that, and now arizona want to give him a whirl, wont end well!! just draft geno smith and let him take his rookie lumps ,cause not like the chiefs will be any good the next 5plus years, anyways!!!

  15. osiris33 says: Feb 27, 2013 4:35 PM

    “With the 7th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals select Matt Barkley, quarterback, USC”

  16. steelerben says: Feb 27, 2013 4:37 PM

    How bad are your quarterbacks if you are looking at Matt Cassel? That guy that got benched in favor of Brady Quinn, the guy who was not good enough to keep the Browns starting job over Derrick Anderson and got skipped over by Tim Tebow when Kyle Orton, who wasn’t good enough to beat out REX GROSSMAN, was benched. That’s a sorry pile of failure.

  17. schmitty2 says: Feb 27, 2013 4:47 PM

    It doesn’t matter if Tom Brady is back there if you dont fix that putrid O-line

  18. kwickett85 says: Feb 27, 2013 4:48 PM

    Of course Arians wants Cassel… he loves QB’s that are turnover machines. First Andrew Luck, now Cassel.

  19. phinfan says: Feb 27, 2013 4:54 PM

    Arizona just can’t seem to ‘get it’… best of luck Zona Fans

  20. eatitfanboy says: Feb 27, 2013 5:14 PM

    Somewhere, Kevin Kolb is smiling.

    “Thank God, they are actually bringing in someone I might be able to beat out”.

  21. darksidecowboy says: Feb 27, 2013 5:21 PM

    So because Schefter states that the Cards would look at Cassell it’s true? It’s just a statement from a guy who gets paid to make stories. Obviously the Cards have qb issues so looking at all options is wise. This could all be a smokescreen for another deal for all we know. Most likely the Cards keep Kolb (restructured contract), draft a stud o-line, and grab a qb in the 3rd round. Sounds logical and works for me.

  22. edavidberg says: Feb 27, 2013 5:24 PM

    Have they not seen his tape from last year? He was as bad as Kolb was.

  23. bucsfan5000 says: Feb 27, 2013 5:28 PM

    Hey, don’t forget about me!

    -JaMarcus Russell

  24. petersjeffrey36 says: Feb 27, 2013 5:37 PM

    seems obvious to me.. go get Flynn, cant tell me seahawks want to pay their back up that much, and its not like he imploded….Russell Wilson got them with his mobility

  25. JackAcid says: Feb 27, 2013 5:51 PM

    The only thing that could make this more amusing is the Cards handing him a huge contract.

    Have to think Ariens is smarter than that.

  26. mazblast says: Feb 27, 2013 6:01 PM

    Kolb is better when healthy. The problem is that he’s rarely healthy. Then again, Cassel has health issues, plus he stinks.

  27. raiderinva says: Feb 27, 2013 6:44 PM

    Matt Cassel is simply the hot name right now. The music stopped and he is looking for a chair.

    The Cardnials should be sniffing around Colt McCoy, Bruce Gradkowski, Ryan Fitzpatrick, T.J. Yates, Joe Webb, Matt Moore, or even Matt Flynn….

  28. cardinalsfan87 says: Feb 27, 2013 8:40 PM

    Kolb wasn’t bad last year. He actually ha decent numbers even with tat terrible line. He just can’t stay healthy.

  29. raiderapologist says: Feb 27, 2013 10:53 PM

    Cassel threw a TD pass in a preseason game last year. He ran into the endzone pumping his arm like a self-absorbed zoo monkey and tried to jump on a teammate’s back. He fell down. It was a career highlight.

  30. westclaims says: Feb 28, 2013 10:05 AM

    Adam Schefter is not a rep for the Cards. I haven’t heard ANYONE from the Cards say they are interested. And yet, we have these seemingly weekly articles trying to link them to every available QB.

    Let me make my usual statement; The Cards are not taking this guy.

  31. bobzilla1001 says: Feb 28, 2013 3:10 PM

    Never fear, Cardinals fans. Bruce Arians is a quarterback guru. Look what he did for Ben Roethlisberger’s career.
    In 2004, Roethlisberger threw 17 TD passes in 13 starts as a rookie. But by his eighth seasons in 2011 — Arians’ last as the Steelers’ OC — Roethlisberger produced 21 TD passes in 15 starts.
    From 17 to 21.
    In eight years.
    That’s amazing.

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