Oct. 29, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback (11) Alex Smith against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The 49ers defeated the Cardinals 24-3. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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Kansas City will make an honest effort to trade Cassel, but it is going to be a tough sell to find a trading partner because of his $7.5 million salary. The Chiefs would like to get back some draft picks after giving up multiple picks to the San Francisco 49ers for Alex Smith.
Unfortunately for the Chiefs, they will likely end up just cutting Cassel and moving on. It looks like fellow back up Ricky Stanzi could be suffering the same fate.


Fasano will join the Chiefs after spending the last five seasons with the Miami Dolphins. Fasano joins Tony Moeaki to form a tight end tandem that has the potential to do damage in new coach Andy Reid’s West Coast offense. The Chiefs previously attempted to pair Moeki with Kevin Boss, but lingering concussion issues led to Boss’ release.

Fasano set a career high last season with 41 receptions for 332 yards and five touchdowns. His yards-per-catch average plummeted 6 full yards (14.1 to 8.1) in 2012, but that likely was more the product of a more conservative Dolphins offense with rookie Ryan Tannehill behind center. Fasano will be 29 next month.


Former Missouri Tiger and New Orleans Saints backup Chase Daniel took a three-year, $9 million deal to be Alex Smith‘s backup in Kansas City. Daniel had prolific numbers in Missouri’s offense and contended for the Heisman Trophy in 2008. However, he has only attempted nine passes in his career and is very much an unknown product as a NFL quarterback. Still, the signing makes sense because Reid’s offense fits Daniel’s skill set – short, quick passes that are predicated on timing and accuracy. Daniel is not a savior or a franchise quarterback, but he will fill in nicely to in case Smith gets injured for a short period of time.

Kansas City may have fixed their interior run defense on along the defensive line with the signing of DeVito. While he is not a pass rusher, he is a very solid run defender who has had experience with new Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton. If he can help hold down the fort in the middle of the line on run defense, it will allow Dontari Poe to move outside on passing downs to rush the quarterback – a position that makes a lot of sense for him.

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“I can assure you we’re a lot better football team this afternoon than we were this morning,” Smith said soon after Gonzalez announced on his Twitter feed he will return to the Falcons for the 2013 season.

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said the new contract for Gonzalez “is not done but it will be done quickly.”

Gonzalez decided “to give it one more shot” after talking with his family.

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Daniel’s first college game was at Arrowhead Stadium in 2005, when Missouri beat Arkansas State. He went on to pile up big stats for the Tigers in his three years as the starting quarterback, leading MU to consecutive Big 12 North Division championships in 2007 and 2008.

But Daniel is otherwise a little bit of a curious choice for the Chiefs. He’s only 6 feet tall, which is short for a NFL quarterback. He was undrafted out of Missouri.

Daniel made no starts in his four seasons with New Orleans, where he backed up Drew Brees, and threw just nine passes.

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