“I’m going to just let that play out,’’ Reid said when asked whether Cassel would play for the Chiefs in 2013. “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.’’
Eric Winston was signed to a four year $22 million deal and had a solid to great year. He should be regarded as an excellent acquisition. The Chiefs also signed Stanford Routt to a three-year, $19.6 million deal. He was cut halfway through the season and the team paid $5.8 million for his services while in Kansas City. Two signings with very different results highlight the volatility of free agent shopping. It can be great. It can be horrible. Sometimes, it can – as the Chiefs proved, be both in the same year.
Reid, as head coach at Philadelphia, and Dorsey, as director of college scouting at Green Bay, were with teams that took players who became franchise quarterbacks. But they didn’t stop drafting quarterbacks in the later rounds of subsequent drafts, even when the position wasn’t the glaring need that it is this year with the Chiefs, who own the first pick in the 2013 draft.
From 1999-2011, when Reid was head coach at Philadelphia, the Eagles drafted six quarterbacks, starting with Donovan McNabb in 1999.
Beginning in 1997, when Dorsey became director of college scouting in Green Bay, the Packers drafted nine quarterbacks, even with Brett Favre — and later Aaron Rodgers — on the roster.