It looks like Tom Brady’s football vacation will end after missing one season, as ESPN is reporting that Brady expects to play on opening day.
Poor Matt Cassel. The guy finally gets to be Ferris Bueller for a season, and now he’s back to being Cameron Frye again. He even looks like Cameron Frye! Hell, he was Cameron Frye back at USC when Matt Lienart was playing Ferris. Cameronfryetis is a terrible condition to fall victim to — he won’t be smiling for long. Remember that melancholy bastard from the movie? We’ve gotta help this kid.
I have a solution. Now that Brady looks like a sure bet to suit up and go opening day, I don’t expect the Patriots to spend nearly $15 million on Cassel when that’s how much coin they are already paying Brady. $30 M is a lot to spend on two quarterbacks when your first one is the best in the business, not to mention healthy once again with a good track record of staying that way. Besides, the Patriots are somewhat frugal with their spending. So, the Patriots let him walk, and the Chiefs ink the kid to a deal. That’s the solution.
I do think both Mark Sanchez and Matt Leinart, two of his fellow ex-Trojans, might have a bit more upside. But, I also think Cassel is the safest, surest bet of the three — especially if we don’t have to cough up a first-rounder. That’s what it really comes down to for me. Which of the three quarterbacks will cost the least. Sanchez will cost the No. 3 overall pick, or close to it. Leinart will cost a future first-round pick and at least a fourth this year. If we could sign Cassel outright, then that’s what we have to do. He played more football, at the highest level, than the other two did last year, so he’s ready to go.
Again, it really just comes down to not having to give up a first-round pick for our quarterback of the future — just a lot of dough instead. We have plenty of that. I do like Cassel quite a bit, and you know Scott Pioli does.
He had an exceptional year, folks, regardless of who he played with. Just like Tyler Thigpen, he had never really played before. He didn’t have a fancy gimmick offense designed to hide his deficiencies either. And Randy Moss and Wes Welker might be better than Dwayne Bowe and Tony Gonzalez as a duo, but not by much. The main difference was protection up front, and the Arrowspread protected Thiggy Smalls pretty well.
So, Addicts, will Brady be ready? Do the Pats let Cassel walk? If so, do we ink him?