Chiefs Finally Pull The Chain – Matt Cassel Is Gone

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 – 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.

10 Responses to “Chiefs Finally Pull The Chain – Matt Cassel Is Gone”

  • March 14, 2013  - DanO says:

    I agree, it wasn’t the 2nd rounder that was the rub, it was giving him that humungous contract before he ever took a snap. He could have played the first year for the franchise tag $$ and IF he worked out we could have given him a contract comensurate with his play. That was Pioli’s power play, and it failed miserably!

  • March 14, 2013  - Michael D says:

    Hoorah! All the cassel haters can sleep peacefully now. I just wonder…ya know what, I’m not going to say anything. If cassel would have worked out pioli would still be in charge. Sorry matt, it had to be this way for the sake of KC.

    Im still very reluctant to completely commit my heart and soul to the unknown, but at times I can’t help but cackle and rub my hands together all mad scientist like.

    GO CHIEFS!!!!!!

  • March 14, 2013  - Dio says:

    I wish it turned out better for Cassel. Class act but I guess just not a front line starter in the NFL. Still pretty good for a guy who never started in college.

  • March 14, 2013  - el cid says:

    The gentleman is gone. Unfortunately he will always be tied to a miserable 4 season attempt by a GM who was possibly the biggest mistake the franchise ever made. Toss in multiple OCs and what would any of us expect.

    This door closes and, to me, the future is bright and promising. But isn’t that the nature of every football fan, “just wait til next year”. So bring on the draft, maybe another free agent, and training camp. This could still be a bumpy ride. To me, this is as close to the first days of Carl/Marty.

  • March 14, 2013  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Yes, cid, a new begining. But look around, even Royal fans get giddy in the spring.

    Matt is a nice kid. Made a lot of money. He’ll make some more. I think the lack of stability within the Chiefs did not help him at all. Maybe someplace else he’ll do better.

    I agree with Dio, For a college second teamer he has done well.

  • March 14, 2013  - Josh says:

    Be classy somewhere else, Matt. Winning isn’t easy.

  • March 14, 2013  - jimbo says:

    Cassel is a piss poor excuse of a QB. No pocket presence, could’nt read past the primary receiver, his feet were way to happy, loopty loo screen passer, could not pass on the run or under pressure. He clearly proved to us in KC that he does not have the talent to be a starter in the NFL. Oh, one more thing, he was a nice guy too yada…yada..yada.

    I wish him well. I’m just so glad he is no longer a Chief.
    Go Chiefs.

  • March 14, 2013  - txchief says:

    Eric Winston said it was 100 percent sickening what the Chiefs did to Cassel by releasing him.

  • March 14, 2013  - Canada Brad says:

    Nice the Chiefs were able to save $6 MIL against the cap by releasing Cassel. Too bad they couldn’t trick some team into giving them a 7th round pick for him … oh well. Extra nice that the decision makers took the $6 MIL and landed CB Sean Smith. Hope he works out.

    GO CHIEFS !!!

  • March 15, 2013  - cychief24 says:

    Jimbo- rip Cassel all you want, just try to be informed about it, ok? One thing I noticed that Orton was much better at was screen passes than Cassel.
    The facts are when Cassel had great coaching (McDaniels/Weis) he was a good QB. But he couldn’t carry a team. Especially when he literally had 5 OC’s in 4 years here. Remember Chan Gailey was fired right before training camp in year 1. Cassel had to relearn everything, the whole offense did.

    Cassel was a overpaid victim of Pioli’s ego in KC.
    Would you had turned down that ridiculous contract?

    I wish Matt the best in Minnesota.

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