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Matt Cassel Reportedly Gets 6-Year Deal From Chiefs (Or Not)

Apr 25, 2009 – 2:50 PM
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Updates all over the place: It would appear Mr. Lombardi was premature with his call -- Peter King is reporting (via Twitter!!) that no deal is in place. And as PK noted earlier, he's in Kansas City, so this seems to be the more reliable report at the moment.

Matt Cassel is, according to reports from Mike Lombardi on the NFL Network, suddenly an even richer man than he was when the Patriots franchised him and sent him to the Chiefs. That's because, reportedly, he has signed a six-year deal (with $36 million guaranteed!) that will ostensibly make him the face of the franchise for Kansas City.

The contract is, obviously, also a pretty big sign that Todd Haley and GM Scott Pioli truly believe that Cassel is legit. Of course not as (relatively) legit as Matthew Stafford, but, hey, he played at Georgia.

I kid, kind of -- Stafford is going to make more money than Cassel, which is a fantastic development for those of us who would like to see rookies make less money than they currently do.

Cassel's obviously slightly unproven; yes, he had a fantastic year last season, but he also had some decent weapons and a pretty solid system in New England. But Pioli was with the Patriots for the duration of Cassel's stay, so you would think that he knows more about the quarterback's potential than anyone else. It's probably worth noting, too, that the the Chiefs have yet to comment on this report.
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