Andy Reid On Matt Cassel: Too Early To Say

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Most Kansas City Chiefs fans probably assume that QB Matt Cassel’s time with the team is up, but according to head coach Andy Reid, it is too early to tell.

Reid, in comments published by the Kansas City Star, said Cassel is still being evaluated.

I’m going to just let that play out. We’re too early in the process to know that. We’ll continue to evaluate it. We’re evaluating him just like we do a free agent. That’s what you do, and the thing about that is it takes time. I think he realizes that. That’s how it works when there’s a change.

This is pretty much the response you’d expect from Reid at this point. The new regime has a lot of work to do. Not only do they have to prepare for the NFL Draft and free agency, they also need to quickly review and evaluate their own players.

Cassel probably will be cut. He has almost zero chance of being the starter and the Chiefs won’t want to pay him to be a backup. At the same time, the Chiefs won’t just go making cuts to make cuts. They need to make sure they at least have a chance to land a suitable veteran replacement for Cassel before they send him on his way.

With free agency looming on March 12, the Chiefs have a lot of work to do. We will likely start seeing some cuts soon as the team prepares for the 2013 league year.

Stay tuned.

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  • chiefridgy

    I think I’d rather see cassel as a backup than Quinn…. Having said that I hope they cut them both.

  • berttheclock

    As I believe building a solid left side of the offensive line is far more important to begin a run for championships than drafting a QB, I would suggest Dorsey bring in Alex Smith to give the Chiefs a bridge until the O-Line is solidified. I was in Seattle when they took Rick Mirer very high in the first round. He was destroyed behind an inept line. The Seahawks did not begin to turn until they drafted Walter Jones at LT and Steve Hutchinson at LG.
    When, Peyton Manning arrived in Indy, their O-line had already been addressed as a very good LT had been taken a couple of years before. Jonathan Ogden and Orlando Pace set the stage for the rise of the Ravens and the Rams. Look at Houston, where, Duane Brown was drafted in ’08 (He was picked a few picks lower than Albert), so, Schaub had a solid left side to begin to turn the team. Munoz changed the future of the Bengals. Even this season saw the Ravens take a chance on the troubled past of McKinnie and he was fierce for those playoff games.
    Cool Lenny was able to keep the seat of his pants clean due to Jim Tyrer. Willie Roaf changed the offensive future of the Chiefs. Great offensive teams have great left tackles and solid left guards. Build a great line, then, find that great QB to lead the team. BTW, Peyton Manning will be screaming for Elway to, either, sign Clady to a rich contract or franchise tag him. He knows well the importance of having his blind side protected.

    • Ben

      I agree I think we take Alex Smith in FA or trade. Draft Lineman . If Alex Smith is a fail and we have another bad year fine then maybe next year there will be a stand out QB that we can take.

    • Steve Blank

      I agree…but we dont need to draft a lineman at that top spot…we need to go ahead and trade out …or just pick Geno…I am wondering how much Joeckels stock has risen because Johnny football is super mobile. How did the numbers look for the previous A&M QB that Joeckel protected?

    • Jason Ray Brawn

      I do agree and i think we should trade our pick (not past 8) and pick up Fischer from CMU and get at least 2 additional picks. And if we trad out of the top 10 id like to take lane johnson out of OU.

  • ArrowFan

    I would rather retain him for his 7.54 mill than pay A smith 8.5 mill and a fourth round pick. That said we simply need to restructure his remaining contract and retain him instead of over paying for a FA that gives us the same thing.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    I don’t buy that for one second. Cassel has been evaluated and Reid already knows he won’t be back with the team.

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