News: Chiefs Sign Cassel (For Real This Time)

Before the draft reports surfaced about a new contract for QB Matt Cassel, but those stories were quickly shot down by cassel3multiple sources.  Now comes word that the Chiefs have indeed agreed to terms with QB Matt Cassel on a long term contract, according to the Kansas City Star.

Terms of the deal have not been released, although the team is expected to announce the deal today.

Kansas City acquired the 27-year-old Cassel in March when it traded this year’s second-round draft pick to New England.  The Chiefs also acquired linebacker Mike Vrabel in that deal.

Cassel had signed a one-year, guaranteed contract earlier this year with New England – the Patriots tagged the quarterback their franchise player before the trade – that would have paid him upward of $15 million for the 2009 season.

I’m glad that the questions can stop regarding a contract with Cassel.  If you’ll remember, Michael Lombardi first reported before the draft that Cassel’s deal with the Chiefs would be a 6 year deal with $36 million in guarantees.  We should get the specifics later today, but the most important thing is that a deal is done.  We talked earlier today about the potential pressure Cassel might feel trying to live up to the one year tender while at the same time trying to earn a long term deal and now that’s just one more thing off the table.  Though I’m sure now most of the discussion will shift to if he can live up to the new long term contract!

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