On Wednesday, Chiefs GM John Dorsey indicated that something would be happening in the next few days involving Matt Cassel and his future with the Chiefs.
He was right β less than 24 hours after he spoke, Cassel was released by the Chiefs Thursday morning, ending his 4-year stint in Kansas City.
The move brings an end to one of the worst football decisions made by fired GM Scott Pioli. It wasn’t so much the second-round choice he forfeited in 2009 for Cassel and OLB Mike Vrabel. It was the 6-year, $63 million contract that Pioli gave the quarterback before he ever started a game for the franchise.
Cassel started 47 games over four seasons before losing his starting job at mid-season last year to Brady Quinn. The Chiefs were 19-28 in those starts. He threw for 9,549 yards, completing 854 of his 1,489 attempts with 59 TD passes and 44 interceptions for a 77.5 passer rating.
Attempts to trade Cassel went nowhere. He will have no problem finding another job, but more than likely it will be strictly in a backup role. His release opens up $5.875 million under the salary cap for the Chiefs.