That said, the No. 1 quarterback in Minnesota is Ponder — and Cassel wants to do what he can to aid him.
“The fact of the matter is … Christian is the starting quarterback, and I think that we’ll have a great room,” Cassel said. “I’m there to add value. I’m there to help him out in whatever capacity that is and go from there.”
Cassel said Tom Brady‘s season-ending knee injury in Week One of the 2008 season was the “ultimate lesson” in staying prepared. The injury, of course, forced Cassel into the lineup — and altered his career, giving him a chance to show what he could do for an extended stretch. The next year, the Chiefs traded for him, making him their starter.
“I’m coming in here to compete for a job,” Robinson said. “I’m like everybody else. My thing is to make sure these young guys are playing their best football and to make sure I’m playing my best football.
“All of that will eventually play itself out. The problem we have is a good problem. Now we have three good corners that can play football. It’s a situation that I’ve been in before. We’ve just got to make sure we come together, and our goal is ultimately to become the best secondary in the league.”
The Chiefs on Friday signed free-agent offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz, who played both guard and right tackle in his three NFL seasons with Carolina and Minnesota.
While he might not have the name recognition of some of their previous signings, the Chiefs made another solid add Friday.
Former Panthers and Vikings offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz just tweeted that he’s joined the Chiefs.
Schwartz made 13 appearances for the Vikings last year, after missing 2011 with hip problems. He started 16 games for the Panthers in 2010, and can play guard or right tackle, giving the Chiefs some flexibility.
“I got the chance to meet coach Thomas, and just being with him for a few minutes, I could already tell, it’s going to be a great year. Like I said, coach Al Harris played with me in Miami and he also coached me last year. I already know where his mind is at. He’s also a guy that’s played for a long time and done it at a high level. I just can’t wait to get on the field with those guys and see how much better they’re going to make me.”
In Smith, the Chiefs secondary is gaining another player with durability; he’s missed just one game, during his four-year career.
Besides sharing his excitement for joining the Chiefs, Smith gave the media an idea of what to expect from his former Dolphins teammate and current Chiefs TE Anthony Fasano.
“He’s a very reliable, hardworking player, who is always going to be there for his quarterback,” Smith said of Fasano.
Interestingly, Reid, who landed with the Kansas City Chiefs, has been among the most active participants thus far in this year’s free agency market. Maybe he’s learned a lesson. The Chiefs have been relatively careful with the dollars. Cornerback Sean Smith got $11 million guaranteed on a four-year, $18 million deal, while cornerback Dunta Robinson (3 years, $13.8 million, according to Spotrac.com), tight end Anthony Fasano (four 4 years, $16 million) and defensive tackle Mike De’Vito (3 years, $12.6 million) got the type of contracts that might pay off as value pickups.
None of Reid’s moves would compare to the investments in Wallace or Kruger — or to the biggest headline-grabbers with the Eagles two years ago.