Every single year the salary cap gets bigger, and so does the players salaries. Are you really that surprised at the numbers involved in Matt Cassel’s contract? You shouldn’t be.
Sure 6 years, 63 million, with 28 million guaranteed is a lot of money. But, put it in perspective. Cassel is a young starting prototypical QB (6’4, 230 pounds) with some successful starting experience. Cassel was already guaranteed close to 15 million dollars this year thanks to the Pats franchise tag. So in essence, Pioli only guaranteed him 13 million more than he was already scheduled to make this year (28 million guaranteed minus the already guaranteed 15 million provided by the franchise tag equals 13 million). Looking at it that way, it is a great deal for the Chiefs. You locked him up for 6 years if he is good, and you can let him go after two or three if he isn’t. Despite what Bob Gretz says, this is not a make or break contract for the Chiefs. (Just wait for the next couple of starting QB contracts to come out and see just how much of a good deal this was for the Chiefs; financially speaking of course).
By the way, rookie Mark Sanchez received a similar deal of 6 years, 60 million, with 28 guaranteed, and rookie Matt Stafford received 6 years, 72 million, with 42 million guaranteed, without even taking a snap! Who do you really think will have a better year; Sanchez, Stafford or Cassel? Matt Cassel, right?
Moreover, Eli Manning’s, Phillip Rivers’, and Peyton Manning’s contracts are all coming up. I would be willing to bet that their contracts are worth considerably more than Cassel’s and are highly likely to hamstring their franchises.
Even QBs whose contracts aren’t up but, are likely to be renewed, will possibly be even bigger, a la, Cutler, Orton, Schuab, Pennington, Brees, etc.
Trust me, this is a good contract, and I am sure that the Denver Broncos would have loved to have paid it.