Yesterday proved to be another busy day in the NFL universe. The Chiefs completed a deal with the Patriots that sent a 2009 second round pick (34th overall) to the Pats for linebacker Mike Vrabel and quarterback Matt Cassel. The Patriots placed the franchise tag on Cassel a few weeks ago but a trade was not out of the realm and came into focus.
Perhaps, the biggest suprise coming out of yesterday’s proceedings was the rumors swirling around Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler. According to reports, Denver shopped Cutler and were looking to get in on the Cassel sweepstakes. It’s a pretty simple formula with Cassel involved.
If you were to buy a bar, are you more likely to invest with your friends or people who you may know but at the end of day are not your friends?
That’s what we have here in the Cassel situation. Chiefs GM Scott Pioli and new Denver head coach Josh McDaniels both wanted Cassel because of the New England familiarity. On the behalf of Denver, it’s rumored that they were involved potentially in three way deals involving Tampa on one proposal and Detroit in another.
Obviously, Jay Cutler was not happy about such a development. He told the Denver Post, “My understanding at this point is they’re trying to trade me,” Cutler said this afternoon. “We’ll see where I end up at. I liked it here, I liked playing with these guys but obviously they’re not going to let me have that opportunity.”
He’ll get over it eventually but that’s not a good way for the new Denver regime to build morale by trading a young, talented quarterback.
Nonetheless, Kansas City has a quarterback that doesn’t hail from Coastal Carolina (Tyler Thigpen) or who is a career backup (Damon Huard). The Chiefs, who were a bad but competitive football team last year, could develop into one of 2009’s sleepers.