In a move that had long been expected, the Kansas City Chiefs released Matt Casel on Thursday. The move comes just hours after the team officially introduced new starting quarterback Alex Smith to the media.
Cassel was never going to stick around after another disastrous season, but was still on the roster while new GM John Dorsey attempted to find a trade partner. With no one willing to bite (the Minnesota Vikings were most mentioned as being interested) the Chiefs cut Cassel and give themselves more cap room to continue their offseason improvements.
Once seen as the quarterback of the future after being acquired from the New England Patriots along with Mike Vrabel, Cassel was unable to maneuver the instability of the franchise and find consistent success.
Though he did lead the Chiefs to an AFC West championship in 2010 with an impressive 27 touchdowns to just seven interceptions, he was unable to repeat those numbers either of the next two seasons.
He ended up playing in just nine games his final two seasons with the Chiefs and tossed just 16 touchdowns compared to 21 interceptions.
Despite his struggles in Kansas City, I expect him to find a lot of interest for his services. The Vikings, Arizona Cardinals and Buffalo Bills all could bring him in to compete for a starting role and ultimately fit in as a solid backup.