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Old 01-04-2009, 01:46 PM   #1
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Sources: Pats to franchise Cassel

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Updated: January 4, 2009, 1:29 PM ET

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.

The Patriots' intention to franchise Cassel was first reported by the National Football Post.

That would mean the Patriots would have about $29 million in salary cap space tied up in two quarterbacks, with Brady earning almost $15 million and Cassel guaranteed over $14 million.

However, the cap jumps to $123 million per team, which gives the Patriots $94 million to manage the rest of their roster.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3809444
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Old 01-04-2009, 03:09 PM   #2
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it's a smart move.. no one knows the situation w/ brady and then they have the option of having cassel start another yr.. or at least get something out of him by trading him
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Default Re: Sources: Pats to franchise Cassel

Well, let's just hope that turns out to be too much money for them to waste and they have problems on the line or on defense, or something like that.
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Default Re: Sources: Pats to franchise Cassel

You guys can have him if you're willing to spend a pretty penny.
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You guys can have him if you're willing to spend a pretty penny.


We don't need the Pats' sloppy seconds.
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the Patriots are like the Yankees...too much money and everything that is wrong with America. =)
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Default Re: Sources: Pats to franchise Cassel

How can they have enough cap space to have two QBs making that much money?

Especially with all the veterans they have.
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Default Re: Sources: Pats to franchise Cassel

I guess they've been added to the Cowboys and Redskins as teams that are exempt from the salary cap. I mean, what difference do one or two extra $15-million-a-year contracts make in the grand scheme of things?
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Default Re: Sources: Pats to franchise Cassel

either way.. i hope this does bite them in the asses
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the Patriots are like the Yankees...too much money and everything that is wrong with America. =)
LOL Any more jokes? Good grief. Give it a rest. 26 rings for my Yankees, and 3 rings for the Pats. Hardly evil. LOL
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