Saturday, February 28, 2009

Interesting Series of Events

September 7th 2008.  The season opener for both the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs Tom Brady is hit by safety Bernard Pollard.  Brady would be forced to leave the game and Matt Cassel would come in as the backup and lead the Pats to victory 17-10.  After the game it was discovered that Brady would be out for the remainder of the season and that Cassel would become the new full time starter in New England.

In his first full season as a starter in the NFL Cassel would throw for over 3,600 yards 21 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions and finish with the 10th best passer rating in the league.  He would lead the Patriots to a 11-5 finish but unfortunately miss the playoffs.

Coming off his breakout year Cassel was headed to free agency when the Patriots slapped the franchise tag on him which meant if a team signed him it would have to be for the same money the top 3 quarterbacks in the league make.  Due to this it became well known that the Patriots were shopping Cassel around.  Today he found a new home in the most coincidental city of all...Kansas City.

Cassel is now playing for the Chiefs who start Bernard Pollard, the very man who injured Brady and allowed Cassel to get his playing time.  Of all the teams out there that needed a new quarterback (NY Jets, Vikings, Bears, 49ers, Lions, Raiders) Cassel landed on the Chiefs.  I think this is a good scenario for Cassel as after finsihing 2-14 last year there is nowhere to go but up for the Chiefs so there won't be much pressure.

I think he will do well in Kansas City but my only question is will he give 45% or 50% of his signing bonus to Bernard Pollard?  

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