Sources Confirm Pats Intend to Franchise Cassel

ESPN.com’s Chris Mortensen is now also reporting that the Patriots plan to franchise quarterback Matt Cassel.  He writes:

The New England Patriots have decided to ensure that quarterback Matt Cassel won’t be an unrestricted free agent, as scheduled in March.

Sources told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen that the Patriots will use a franchise tag on Cassel that will give the team two options: Trade him if all goes well with Tom Brady’s rehabilitation from a knee injury or keep him because all is not well with Brady.

This news seems to confirm what we already expected.  While franchising Cassel has its obvious benefits, I don’t think the Patriots can afford to have both Brady and Cassel on the roster once the regular season begins.  Because of this, a trade will have to happen to avoid paying a total of nearly $30 million to both quarterbacks.

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6 Responses to Sources Confirm Pats Intend to Franchise Cassel

  1. R1zzo23 says:

    No surprise here, but $30 mil is a TON of cash to have locked up in one position. I’m sure all the right decisions will be made as they usually are.

  2. EuroPatsFaNSrb says:

    14milion for Matt is to much! For that money we could sign 3good players in FA! If they want to trade him after f.tag its saund ok,but to keep him is stupid,two QB=30milions!

  3. R1zzo23 says:

    I know what you mean EuroPatsFan but you can’t just let him walk without getting something for him. I’m sure the Pats will be looking to move him if and when we find out Tom Brady is ready to play.

  4. EuroPatsFanSRB says:

    Watch this big name in FA!(Ravens)Ray Lewis,Terrell Suggs,Bart Scott,Dawan landry(they can’t keep all)!!
    Jordan Gross,Julius Peppers,Nnamdi Asomugha,Dunta Robinson,Deangelo Hall,Karlos Dansby! If we can sign just one of them…! J like Suggs… A.Thomas,Mayo,Vrabel,Suggs=Fantastic four!!

  5. Greg says:

    Bart Scott might be a good fit as an inside linebacker, As with Karlos Dansby. But honestly, all of those players are going to come with a very expensive price tag.

    We could sign Cassel to the tag, then still be able to pick up a free agent like Channing Chrowder.

    Besides, the compensation in a trade could get us a great player at a cheaper price too.

    Again, there is no reason not to sign Cassel to the tag. He’s a great player, and maybe if they worked out a two or three year deal, they could wait until Brady’s contract expires (2010) and make a move to make him quarterback of the future then (or, they could do it now).

  6. R1zzo23 says:

    I’m with Greg. Bart Scott and Karlos Dansby are going to want some serious cash this summer. Channing Crowder, who we have seen first hand for the past couple years, will come at a cheaper price and give almost as much production. If we could pair Crowder with Mayo in the middle, then our LBs would be very scary.

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