The Kansas City Chiefs are at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine checking out the prospects and rumors emerging from Indianapolis are that QB Matt Cassel is on his way out.
There has been some speculation in the media that Cassel would be offered a pay cut to stay in town as a backup.
A new report from USA Today Sports refutes that line of thinking:
Meanwhile, a person briefed on the Chiefs’ thinking in regard to Matt Cassel said the veteran quarterback has not been offered a pay cut from his slated salary of $7.5 million. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hasn’t talked about Cassel’s contract situation in detail, said it seems Cassel is destined to be released soon.
For Cassel’s tenure in KC, the writing is on the wall. The fans have had enough of Cassel and it would probably be best for the team and the player to part ways.
If Cassel is indeed released soon, the Chiefs will have a barren QB depth chart. Last year’s starter Brady Quinn is a free agent, meaning the team would be left with Ricky Stanzi and Alex Tanney.
Stanzi and Tanney may get the opportunity to come to camp but neither likely has a realistic shot of being either the #1 or #2 QBs on the depth chart.
At this point, the Chiefs will probably try to add a least one veteran QB and one veteran from the draft.
With free agency looming on March 12th, the KC QB situation could begin to clear up in the coming weeks.