December 23, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel (7) watches play from the sidelines in the first half of the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATED: Chiefs Shopping Matt Cassel, May Release Him


According to several reports the Kansas City Chiefs are actively shopping Matt Cassel in a trade and may end up releasing him.

Cassel orignially came to Kansas City in a trade with New England for a second round pick, signing a six-year, $63 million contract extension upon his arrival. He was the first move of then general manager Scott Pioli’s tenure with the Chiefs, a move that would define his time with Kansas City.

Injuries and poor performance have dotted Cassel’s time in Kansas City. He missed one start in each of his first two years and then missed half of the season in 2011 and 2012. Cassel threw for 9,549 yards and 59 touchdowns on a 57.4 completion percentage and 44 interceptions. His signiture year was 2010 when he made the Pro Bowl after throwing for 3,116 yards and 27 touchdowns on only seven interceptions. Kansas City was 10-6 in 2010, but combined for just nine wins in the other 32 games started by Cassel.

For these reasons, current general manager John Dorsey traded for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith in February to take over the starting quarterback position.

Many may see Cassel as an asset no one would want to trade for, but head coach Andy Reid has a history of trading backup quarterbacks for high draft picks. Most recently, Reid has traded Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals for a second round pick. It is not a lock Cassel will be traded for a second round pick, but there is a chance Kansas City could get a valuable draft pick for Cassel.

We’ll have more on this story as it comes. Follow us on twitter, @KCKingdomFS, for more information.

UPDATE: The Chiefs and Vikings are in trade discussions but it appears a release is more likely at this point. Kansas City is in no rush.

 

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