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Chiefs Drawing Criticism For Hanging On To Cassel


The Kansas City Chiefs are beginning to draw some criticism for their reluctance to cut former starting QB Matt Cassel.

The new regime in KC, led by GM John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid, have made it clear that Cassel is not part of their plans. The Chiefs have parted with draft picks for former San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith and recently signed a deal with former New Orleans Saints backup QB Chase Daniel.

Considering Cassel is due starters’ money this season, it was assumed by most that the Chiefs would cut the former New England Patriot.

Only the Chiefs haven’t done it.

There have been multiple reports that the Chiefs are trying to trade Cassel, rather than cut him loose. Now that free agency is in full swing, teams that need QB help are scooping up the players that are available, while Cassel is stuck in limbo in KC.

The more that time goes by, the more people are beginning to raise their eyebrows over the Chiefs not letting Cassel go. The thinking seems to be that if the Chiefs can’t trade him, they should just release him so that he can find another team.

The criticism began last night when former Chiefs GM Scott Pioli, asked on NFL Network why the Chiefs had yet to release Cassel. Then this morning, Pro Football Talk flat out said the Chiefs should just go ahead and release Cassel.

Look, I almost always side with the players in situations like this but I have no problem with what the Chiefs are doing here. Matt Cassel is under contract and the Chiefs are perfectly with in their rights to keep him as long as they want.

Would it be the nice thing to do for the Chiefs to release Cassel now? Absolutely.

But John Dorsey and Andy Reid don’t get paid to be nice, they get paid to win football games. If Reid and Dorsey truly believe they can get something for Cassel and they have the salary cap space to hold onto him while also signing other free agents, then it is their job to hold on to Cassel.

The Kansas City Chiefs have made Matt Cassel a very rich man. The organization gave him four years as the team’s unquestioned starter. Had Cassel played better, he wouldn’t be in this situation because he’d either still be the unquestioned starter or another team would have jumped at the chance to trade for him.

The Chiefs hanging on to Cassel might limit his options and it might cause him to make a little less money once he finally is signed but that is the position Cassel put himself into with his contact and his play.

I am sure the Chiefs would gladly let Cassel go now if he offered to pay them back a few million for his poor performance but I don’t think that is going to happen any time soon.

Let’s not feel too bad for Matt Cassel.

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  • chiefridgy

    I don’t feel bad at all and Scotty boy can suck it. It’s his fault anyway for not bringing anyone in and allow them to push cassel for the starting role.

  • GDL40

    You said it perfectly brother ! ….. he owes US, wecdont owe HIM crap. I was just thinking the same thing, that the Chiefs have no obligation to cut him if they can get ANYthing for him. – IMPORTANT QUESTION though ….. I’d imagine there will come the time where they will either need to cut him or PAY him right ? se kind of deadline to do one or the other ?? if so I say hold on to him until that last minute

  • http://twitter.com/Shindoru Barry Mauldin

    Agreed, sick of Pioli’ cheerleading, if he likes Cassel so much get him a job at NFL channel. Hope Dorsey can get a least a pick for him.

    • http://twitter.com/Shindoru Barry Mauldin

      Perfect picture for your article BTW.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michelle.g.osborne.5 Michelle Greenway Osborne

    Matt is a great person from what i can tell never know what goes on in his personal life but he seems like a class act wish he would of had some stability at oc and competent coaching to see what he could really do i hope he goes somewhere wins the starter spot and wins the Superbowl not likely i know but i hope it happens for him

  • Stacy D. Smith

    This is a business and if the Chiefs think they can trade Cassel, I have no issue with them taking their time to make a final decision. My guess is that they’ve received some interest in Cassel. I wonder if they’ve already spoken to him about re-structuring. That would expedite the process of him being traded.

  • Trent Taylor

    Pioli needs to STFU. There’s a reason youre a tv slappy now, Scotty. You don’t know how to run a franchise!

  • Cody

    I find it ammusing that Pioli is question why they haven’t released Cassel yet. We wondered the same thing last season.. PIOLI

  • oldchiefsfan

    He is under contract we can hold on to him as long as we want. Sarcasm here but if we want to we can hold onto him and make him our 3rd QB we are perfectly within our right to. (I know he gets paid too much for that but that is not the point i am making here)

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  • Brady Warshawsky

    Funny how Pioli would say nothing while here in KC as GM. Now… The guy can’t STFU about us.