2/28/2009 2:36:00 PM
As a Pats fan I am happy to see them moving Cassel now. Even with Brady's health concerns, heading into a season with that much $ & cap space tied up in 2 Qb's did not make much sense.
I was surprised to see Vrabel included in the deal, the Pats likely feel/saw a decline or are really looking to get younger on Def (which they did start some this year (Mayo/Meiweather) but they still need to do more).
I can see the value for the Pats of the 34th pick instead of the 3rd overall given the huge contract demands of early picks BUT I am surprised the Patriots did not get a late pick this year OR a mid round pick next year along with the 34th pick overall since the Chiefs got both Cassel & Vrabel.
Either way this makes sense for both teams althought I can see Cassel struggling some this year imo.
The Patriots really need to invest some of there cap savings from this trade into a dependable/veteran back up QB & draft a LB or 2 this year.
On a side note, I really like the Fred Taylor signing