The Matt Cassel Era is over in Kansas City. The Chiefs acquired Cassel from the New England Patriots in February of 2009 and signed him to a 6-year, $62.7 million contract in July of that same year. According to a tweet by Adam Schefter, the Chiefs released Cassel this morning.
Chiefs released QB Matt Cassel.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2013
Matt Cassel is known in Kansas City for his underwhelming, mediocre play. He had one outstanding season in 2010 when threw for 27 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions. He completed 58.2 % of his passes and had a career high rating of 93. In his other three campaigns for the Chiefs, he only threw for 32 touchdowns and 37 interceptions. He also fumbled the ball 30 times in his 4 seasons, but only 3 of those came in 2010.
The writing was on the wall for Cassel in Kansas City when it became known the Chiefs had traded for Alex Smith. Even though the trade did not become official until Tuesday, the news broke in the final days of February. Add in the fact the Chiefs signed former Missouri Tiger quarterback Chase Daniel as a back-up on Tuesday, it was obvious there was no place for Cassel in Kansas City.
Over the past two days, the Chiefs have tried to trade Cassel but obviously, no team was willing to part with even a low draft pick for him. It came as no surprise when he was released this morning.
Cassel was a scrappy guy and few could doubt his fire and desire to to succeed. He just didn’t have the skills necessary to be a successful starting quarterback in the NFL consistently.