The Kansas City Chiefs are trying to trade QB Matt Cassel.
KC will surely be moving on from Cassel, who the team traded a second-round pick for (along with LB Mike Vrabel) back in 2009.
Cassel was handpicked by former GM Scott Pioli. Unfortunately for Cassel, Pioli is now doing analyst work for NFL Network and the new regime in Kansas City has already traded the team’s 2013 second-round pick for former San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith.
The Chiefs also agreed to terms with former New Orleans Saints backup QB Chase Daniel, earlier today.
With Cassel’s time in KC clearly up, most experts expected the Chiefs to cut him.
Only the Chiefs haven’t done that.
We had speculated that the Chiefs might be trying to trade Cassel and now we’ve got confirmation that they are indeed trying to do so, courtesy of Adam Teicher of the Kansas CIty Star.
Getting ?s about why #Chiefs haven’t released Cassel. They’re trying to trade him
— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) March 13, 2013
Just because the Chiefs are trying to trade Cassel doesn’t mean they will be able to. Cassel has a starters contract and any team he would be dealt to would have to be giving serious consideration to making him their starter. The QB free agent QB market is terrible but even so, it is hard to see a team dealing for Cassel unless they had a guarantee that he was going to restructure his deal.
Still, I can’t help but wonder if the Chiefs have some promising leads on Cassel and that may be the reason they are dragging their feet on releasing him.