Matt Cassel released.


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Matt Cassel’s four-year run in Kansas City has come to an end as the Chiefs quarterback. With 2 years still remaining on his contract, he was due $7.5 million in 2013, and nearly $10 million in 2014.

In February 2009, the New England Patriots used their franchise tag on Cassel, extending him a one-year contract worth over $14 million, the largest one-year contract for an offensive player in NFL history.Later that off-season, the Patriots made a trade which sent Cassel to the Chiefs,who signed him to a 6 year, $62.7 million contract in July 2009. In 2010, Cassel led the Chiefs to their first division title in seven years, and earned a Pro Bowl berth in the process.

It’s safe to say things went downhill from that point on. Most recently, Cassel went 1-7 in eight starts in 2012 and was benched following the team’s Week 7 bye. His quarterback rating was a league worst 32nd,  while throwing 12 interceptions and only six touchdown passes.

Career stats

Year Passing    
Team G GS W L Att Comp Yds TD Int Rate          
2005 NE 2 0 0 0 24 13 183 2 1 89.4          
2006 NE 6 0 0 0 8 5 32 0 0 70.8          
2007 NE 6 0 0 0 7 4 38 0 1 32.7          
2008 NE 16 15 10 5 516 327 3,693 21 11 89.4          
2009 KC 15 15 4 11 493 271 2,924 16 16 69.9          
2010 KC 15 15 10 5 450 262 3,116 27 7 93.0          
2011 KC 9 9 4 5 269 160 1,713 10 9 76.6          
2012 KC 9 9 0 0 277 161 1,796 6 12 66.7          


Matt Cassel is one of the best guys you will ever meet, we all wanted him to be the guy. Cassel even helped alert a neighbor that her house was on fire early last year. READ HERE. This is the perfect example of the saying “It’s nothing personal.” Things just didn’t work out the way Scott Pioli or the Chiefs had planned. Trading for Cassel wasn’t the mistake in all of this, it was signing him to that huge 6 year deal.

With the trade for Alex Smith, one that will cost the Chiefs a second round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft and a conditional pick in 2014. The writing was on the wall for Cassel.

I see a lot of Matt Cassel in Alex Smith. A game manager, not a game winner. Alex Smith is average at best. An average QB can be more dangerous than a terrible one. Those QB’s are just good enough to get by, and can be tough to get rid of.


After doing some research on Alex Smith/Matt Cassel, the statistics are mind boggling on how similar they are as QB’s. Cassel’s 2008 and 2010 seasons are better than any season Smith has had in his 8 year career. In fact, I believe if you were to put Cassel on the 49ers you would have ended up with identical results. Same goes for Smith in KC. The biggest difference now, obviously is Smith will be pairing up with one of the best QB coaches of all time in Andy Reid.

Releasing Matt Cassel should come as a relief to not only Chiefs fans, but Cassel himself. Things hit rock bottom this season for a lot of reasons. From getting booed at the MLB All-Star game here in Kansas City, to “allegedly” being cheered when he was hurt during the Chiefs 9-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. His release was long overdue.

We hate to see you go Matt, but we love to watch you leave!_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Sources | Pro Football Reference, CBS Sports,

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