General manager Scott Pioli has repeatedly said he wanted to improve the competition at quarterback, but whether by circumstance or plan, the Chiefs just haven’t used much resource on the position. Even by salary and cap hit, Cassel’s contract is now at or just below league average.
Compounding the issue is that with Manning and Carson Palmer coming aboard in the last 12 months, Cassel is now the worst quarterback in the AFC West, meaning the Chiefs need to make up for it across the rest of the roster.
This is a talented group, and Cassel has shown he’s at least good enough to not get in the way. It’s just that the league is now in a place where the Chiefs might need more.