Matt Cassel: 7 Reasons Kansas City Chiefs Kept No. 7

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Matt Cassel: 7 Reasons Kansas City Chiefs Kept No. 7
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Like every other team in the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs are just about finished building their 2012 roster. This year's draft is in the books and most of the top free agents have already put pen to paper for one team or another.

After this year's acquisitions, Kansas City fans should feel good about the players who should take the field this year. Playmakers like Jamaal Charles and Eric Berry return from injury, free agent Eric Winston seals the gaping hole on the right side of the line and Dontari Poe could be their most talented interior lineman since Dan Saleaumua.

So what's going to hold the Chiefs back this season? Most of the fingers point at the quarterback position, where Matt Cassel should start his fourth consecutive season under center in Kansas City.

Whether it was part of the early "Suck for Luck" campaign, the rebuffed flirtation with Peyton Manning or any number of other draft-pick/free-agent scenarios, fans and front office personnel alike looked for an upgrade over the former USC and New England bench warmer.

But Kansas City's quarterback situation solidified long before the NFL draft kicked off. In fact, once Manning decided not to make Arrowhead Stadium his new home, Cassel's job became all but guaranteed for 2012.

While probably not the popular choice, there's plenty of logic behind staying the course at quarterback this year. To prove it, here's seven reasons for keeping No. 7 as the Chiefs' starter in 2012.

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