The Kansas City Chiefs are expected to release Matt Cassel soon, and this decision is coming because they have a deal just about to be sewn up to acquire Alex Smith from the San Francisco 49ers. That adds another name to the list of potential quarterbacks for the New York Jets to explore as they are looking for someone to compete with Mark Sanchez for the starting job. Matt Cassel's entire career, from USC to the NFL has been a weird one.
The Kansas City Chiefs are expected to announce Matt Cassel's release soon. Matt Cassel hasn't been the quarterback they hoped for after a good showing in the 2008 season as Tom Brady's injury replacement. The Chiefs did make the playoffs in 2010 with Matt Cassel, but it hasn't been pretty since. Andy Reid is looking to fix the offense and part of that is a new quarterback, most likely Alex Smith.
If the Chiefs are making this move in concert with a trade for Alex Smith, it may not happen until March 12. That's when the new league year opens for the NFL, meaning any trade for Alex Smith will have to wait until that date. For the New York Jets, this will simply add another name to the pool of possible quarterbacks that could be brought in on the cheap to compete with Mark Sanchez to start the season under center.
It's not a name that's going to be one of the favorites, however. Matt Cassel has starting experience and has been to the playoffs, but has thrown for over 3,000 yards just twice in his career. Only once has he completed over 60% of his passes in a season when he played nine games, and that was back in 2008 with the New England Patriots.
Matt Cassel became famous because he was drafted out of USC despite being a backup his entire collegiate career. He was stuck behind Heisman Trophy winners Carson palmer and Matt Leinart, but the New England Patriots drafted him in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft – to serve as Tom Brady's backup. After never starting a college game, Matt Cassel stepped in. Following that season the Patriots placed the franchise tag on him given the uncertainty surrounding Tom Brady. They then dealt him to the Chiefs along with Mike Vrabel for the No. 34 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.
Truthfully, signing Matt Cassel would be bringing in another quarterback who performed like Mark Sanchez did last season. If the Jets are going to go the cheap veteran route, Matt Moore is still the leader in terms of competency under center and the ability to do more with less.