This might even be better news than getting both of these players. There is no way we could have drafted a quarterback with Matt Cassel’s experience and caliber in the second round. There is also no way we could get a linebacker with Mike Vrabel’s leadership and poise at the No. 34 spot. Here is more from Peter King:
The New England Patriots have traded quarterback Matt Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel to Kansas City for the Chiefs’ second-round pick in the 2009 draft, SI.com has learned.
The trade is expected to be announced this weekend.
The Patriots originally dealt Cassel to the Chiefs — now run by former New England vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli — on Friday for an undisclosed draft pick. Now it has been learned that the Chiefs will get both Vrabel and Cassel in exchange for the 34th overall pick in April’s draft.
Here’s Mike Florio’s take, from PFT:
A second-round pick, for a guy who merited a $14.65 million, one-year contract based on his play in 2008.
Let’s consider that for a second. Daunte Culpepper with blown-out knee was traded for a second-round pick. A.J. Feeley was traded for a second-round pick.
So, with all due apologies to the Patriots, the current score is Pioli 1, Pats 0.