REPORT: CASSEL ACCEPTS FRANCHISE TENDER

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel has accepted the franchise tender extended to him by the team earlier this week.
The move means that Cassel will receive a guaranteed salary of $14.65 million in 2009.
It also means that Cassel is under contract, and that he is obligated to attend all mandatory offseason minicamps, training camp, and the preseason.
As a non-exclusive franchise player, Cassel would have be free to visit with other teams, and to sign an offer sheet elsewhere.  Now that he has signed the tender, however, he no longer can shop himself elsewhere.
It’s also possible that the Patriots will trade Cassel.  Alternatively, they can sign him to a multi-year deal, which surely would entail a lower cap number in 2009.

31 responses to “REPORT: CASSEL ACCEPTS FRANCHISE TENDER

  1. Smart move by the Pats, because you dont know how Tom Brady is going to come back from this injury. Suck for Cassell though because he was going to be a starter for someone.

  2. I guess that ends all of the “he’ll sign with the Pats for a lot less money and back up Tom a few more years a la Steve Young because he loves the Pats” talk some of you retards have been throwing out there. 30 mil tied up in 2 QBs… I hope they aren’t planning on taking both into the regular season. Wouldn’t it be something if Cassel gets $15 mil to ride the pine and doesn’t throw the first pass in 09?

  3. He’ll start someplace next year; expect to see him with another team no later than the end of the 1st Round of the Draft. SF gets a USC QB not named Sanchez with pick #10; maybe Detroit gets him at #20 after picking the best LT #1.

  4. titans_fan says:
    “I guess that ends all of the “he’ll sign with the Pats for a lot less money and back up Tom a few more years a la Steve Young because he loves the Pats” talk some of you retards have been throwing out.”
    You’re the freakin’ retard. Read the article. Specifically: “It’s also possible that the Patriots will trade Cassel. Alternatively, they can sign him to a multi-year deal, which surely would entail a lower cap number in 2009.” You have your head up your ass if you think they are paying 2 guys 30 mil.

  5. Matt Cassell = AJ Feely , it is funny though how every Patsy fan thinks Matty boy would rather back up Brady for another few years because he so “grateful” to be a Patriot, I’ve been hearing that bullsh*t up here for the past few weeks.

  6. They’ll trade him….most likely to KC because Belichek and Pioli are good buddies and will help each other if it makes good sense…which it will. The Pats will want to maximize their return on investment regardless and will trade him elsewhere if another team is willing to give better compensation. I think the Pats will get a #1 and a #3 or a #4. I also think they may take deferred picks like next years #1 if they can get good value in the rest of the deal…like maybe a #2. They have proven to be very good at this sort of thing…..it will be really fun to watch.

  7. Just a matter of time till they trade pretty boy Brady. Course they’ll be lucky if any team coughs up anything more than a 3rd rounder for a washed up QB coming off bad injury.

  8. Good for Matt! Start or not; trade or not he is set for life just as long as he doesn’t go “Pacman at a leg show” with his cash.

  9. Ch-Ching. Not bad for a guy who’s started a only a handful of games. It raises the question. How many other guys have the same skill level but are considered busts because they aren’t on a team with the long-term stability sufficient to develop a qb. I’ll throw it out there and say lots. And if this is so, which seems sorta obvious to me, why don’t teams realize it’s less expensive to develop qbs over the long run instead throwing them (and their own teams) to the wolves year after year.

  10. Matt Cassel is not worth what the Patriots will require for a trade. With that o-line and receivers, any second rate QB would look good. It was the same offense that set records last year minus Tom Brady.

  11. Smart move by Cassel, he should be set for life if he manages his $ well. I would have signed that thing the moment the tender was made.

  12. Backinthesaddle: So you think Kansas City is gonna give up the #3 overall pick and then some for this guy? you’re an idiot

  13. No, you all have got it totally wrong. Next season BB’s gonna introduce a formation that involves lining up TWO quarterbacks!

  14. Correct me if I’m wrong here, but I believe you are not supposed to use the franchise tag strictly for the purpose of trading. Second, any team that would trade for him after only one season would dumb. I can name 10 QB’s who had one good season but went bust, since I’m a Seahawks fan the first name that comes to mind is Rick Mirer he was a bust, but he was great for a rookie his first year. The list goes on and on, just about every team has one of those, also he may thrive in the Pats system, but might fail in another, I think Brady would be great anywhere don’t get me wrong but I think even if Brady played somewhere else he wouldn’t be as great. The Pats have a system that maximizes the QB. I would not want my team throwing first round picks for him just after one season, unless I’m a Minnesota fan and that was the only real missing piece , first round picks are just to important.

  15. Actually I think he does NOT go to KC because Pioli knows he isn’t worth the 1st rounder plus that it will cost…
    I think the Viking will be the suckers that trade for him…
    Funny the comment above that said Cassel=Feeley…perfect…wasn’t Rick Speilman the one who pulled the trigger on that trade? Well, guess who is the personnel guy for the Vikes? Cassel is a Viking, and he sets the franchise back another five years…

  16. “Smart Move? they have a huge chunk of their salary cap locked up in two players and only one can be on the field. This move ruins any chance of going after other free agents and could back fire if Cassel’s season isn’t strong. If they trade him it’ll make sense otherwise. click on my name”
    Anybody that thinks the Patriots are making the wrong move are RETARDED!!! I hate the Pats with all my heart, but I can recognize when they may a good move….. if you are dissing the Cassel franchise move, you are probably a fan of a team that doesn’t even have one solid QB let alone 2

  17. The Pats don’t control this situation now. Cassel does.
    In order for Cassel to be traded, he’ll have to agree to a long term contract with the new team. No team will trade for a guy on a one year, $14.65 million contract unless they have an agreement for a long term deal.
    The Pats are rolling the dice, hoping some team that Cassel likes and is willing to sign with, will offer the Pats some compensation for him.
    I agree with the poster who compared Cassel to AJ Feeley. One year wonder system QB. Anyone who trades for Cassel probably bought their GM card in a Cracker Jack box at the Matt Millen School of Pro Personnel.

  18. “The Pats don’t control this situation now. Cassel does.
    In order for Cassel to be traded, he’ll have to agree to a long term contract with the new team. No team will trade for a guy on a one year, $14.65 million contract unless they have an agreement for a long term deal. ”
    What has changed? You mean before Cassel has signed the tender a team was willing to take Cassel for one year and $14.65 million, but now that Cassel signed the franchise tender they won’t. Really nothing has changed other than Cassel gets $14.65 million right now rather than waiting for a trade or to sign the tender if the Pats decide to keep him. A trade for Cassel would always require a long term deal.
    In fact, if anything, the balance of power slight shifts in the Pats’ favor. There is a very remote possibility a team might want to take Cassel with only a one year deal knowing they can alway franchise him two more times. The $14.65 million is a lot less than the $25-30 million in guaranteed money they would have to shell out to Cassel in a long term deal. If Cassel was a product of the Patriots’ system and not the real deal, it would protect the team from tying up all that money in a mistake.
    It is that crazy to think a team would do it. Look what the Saints did with Drew Brees. They basically gave him an one year, $10 million deal with an option to protect themselves.
    I don’t think it will really happen that a team would trade for Cassel without a new deal, but I wouldn’t be completely shocked if they did.

  19. Shamrock has put forth the first “system QB” comment. Anyone care to give me an over/under on the number of times the phrase is used on this thread?
    Most uninformed football comment a fan could possibly make, and notice that players, coaches, and other football professionals never use the term. What does it mean?
    While an offensive scheme may maximize abilities or limit liabilities, to entirely credit a system or scheme with a player’s success is foolish.
    An example: “The Colts offensive system keeps Peyton Manning from having to make plays with his feet, minimizing his limited mobility and lack of natural athleticism. The Colts system requires Manning use his greatest asset–his ability to process on-field information and make quick decisions–and prevents him from being forced into positions where he must compensate for skills he simply does not have. In any other system, Manning would not be as great.”
    Sounds like absolute BS, right?
    As one who watched all sixteen Patriots’ games this season, I had the chance to watch Cassell make some great throws, make faster reads and quicker choices on whom to throw to, and, when the play broke down, rely on his athleticism to conjure up some sort of positive yardage.
    He was no MVP, but a QB who can make all of the throws an NFL QB must be able to make, has a strong work ethic, and seemed quite comfortable in the pocket and reading defenses by the last four games of the season. There is a strong upside to Cassell, and he will be better than at least fifty-percent of current NFL starting QBs in time.

  20. AJ Feely went 3-5 as a starter completed 53% of his passes. Threw 11 TDs and 15 picks. His yards per attempt was a paultry 5.3. A.J Feely had 14 rushing attempts for 13 yards. He fumbled 10 times in 8 starts.
    Matt completed 63%, 21 TDs 11 INTs 7.2 YPA he also scrambled 73 times for 270 yards. Cassel fumbled 6 times in 16 starts.
    Please stop the comparisons to AJ Feely. Derek Anderson maybe you can compare him to. I guarentee you scouts are breaking down Cassels film in the 50 MPH winds of buffalo, snow vs Arizona, and heavy rains vs the Raiders.
    If you are a Patriots fan, you want 2 firsts for Cassel. If you are not a Patriots fan, you want to see the Patriots get stuck with a 14.6 million dollar cap hit. There is no in between.
    Rarely do I find any non patriots fan that thinks Cassel is any good.

  21. It will be interesting to see what happens. If they trade him before the draft, that is a sign that Brady will be ok. If they don’t, the rumors will get fired up.
    I doubt the Pats will keep him under the tag, I believe they have until mid July to work out a longer deal, if they need to keep him due to Brady’s rehab, they could do a 2 year deal, with the 15 mill as a signing bonus with a modest salary and incentives, to spread it out a little, then trade him next year.

  22. The alternative was basically letting Cassel walk and getting nothing for him. And until Brady actually takes a snap, Cassel is the Patriots starting QB. So someone explain to me what other choice they had. Gamble in free agency and hope they can give him the best deal?

  23. LuvThatDirtyWatah says:
    February 8th, 2009 at 6:25 am
    “Perfunctory measure. Cassel will be traded for a 1st and a 3rd….minimum. ”
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    What team is going to be stupid enough to do that? As has been said before, Cassel is in the driver seat on this one. No team is going to give up picks unless they can sign Cassel to a long term contract, and perhaps not even then.
    Also, take a look at the rookie QB’s that played well this past season. Why would any team trade for Cassel and try to sign him to a long term deal when Cassel has only gotten it done for one season? You also have to factor in the current state of the economy. Those teams would be better off drafting a QB of their very own without having to give up draft picks, and without signing a long term deal to a QB that has only gotten it done for one season.
    Don’t forget to factor in that now there will be a lot of film on Cassel. Teams will be in a better position to make adjustments against him.
    Recent trends can mean a lot. The head coaches that have been recently hired, don’t have previous NFL head coaching experience. IMO one of the reasons those hires were made was due to the success of the first time NFL head coaches hired last season.
    I expect that to also happen at the QB level. Bring in a rookie QB, coach him up and see if he can get it done as opposed to giving up picks for a QB that may be a one year wonder.
    Any team that would be interested in Cassel, probably has significant needs at other positions.

  24. gratefulweb says:
    February 8th, 2009 at 2:03 am
    Actually I think he does NOT go to KC because Pioli knows he isn’t worth the 1st rounder plus that it will cost…
    I think the Viking will be the suckers that trade for him…
    Funny the comment above that said Cassel=Feeley…perfect…wasn’t Rick Speilman the one who pulled the trigger on that trade? Well, guess who is the personnel guy for the Vikes? Cassel is a Viking, and he sets the franchise back another five years…
    Yeah, because Spielmen will be so eager to commit the same mistake twice, right? If they passed on trying to get Derek Anderson last season, they’ll pass on trying to get Cassel this season.

  25. It’s all about maintaining control of where a valuable player goes…. They will get maybe a 2 this year and 3 next year from some team for him. I see the trade being structured in a manner that will protect both teams. Let’s get one thing straight, Matt Cassel can play. He can make all of the throws, has a strong arm, is very athletic and by the end of the year was reading defenses very well. These four vital characteristics separate him from some of the QB’s he is being compared to (Anderson, Feely, Mitchell etc.). BTW, it’s too bad Larry Johnson has a history of abusing women as he could have been part of a package with KC. One thing is for sure he won’t be slinging it for the JETS. They are set with grandpa 4. ha-ha-ha

  26. DwareDominates says:
    February 7th, 2009 at 10:30 pm
    Matt Cassell = AJ Feely , it is funny though how every Patsy fan thinks Matty boy would rather back up Brady for another few years because he so “grateful” to be a Patriot, I’ve been hearing that bullsh*t up here for the past few weeks.

  27. Cassell to the Chiefs for their #2 in ’09 and their #1 in ’10.
    For those of you saying that “no team would be foolish enough…”, the NFL is loaded with stupid front offices…..GUARANTEED, one of them will be foolish enough to overpay for Cassell.
    The Chiefs prediction above is predicated on Cassell being a LOT better than any unqualified personnel evaluator in here says he is, and Pioli knows it. JMHO

  28. Dan1919 says:
    February 8th, 2009 at 8:33 am
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    hey Dan1919 – I’ll tell you one thing you are absolutley correct.
    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 there 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. That about sums it up Dan. Don’t lose any sleep with these idiots.
    Don’t be surprised if Cassel stays in New England or if he is traded.
    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.
    Read it and weep Hatriots.

  29. The Patriots’ “system” for fine QB play is simple: build a very good O-line and maintain it at a high level. That’s also the reason why the Pats were able to produce a Top 10 rushing offense in ’08 with primarily a bunch of ancient retreads. The Pats had the only decent rushing performance v. the Steelers all year – around 130 yds, IIRC.
    Pioli knows this and he also knows that the KC O-line needs extensive renovation before ANY QB (or RB, like LJ) will perform well behind it. No way Pioli takes Cassell or a QB in the draft.

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