Identifying Potential Trade Scenarios for Matt Cassel
The extremely active Kansas City Chiefs are hoping to trade quarterback Matt Cassel.
The news surfaced when NFL Network's Ian Rapoport sent out the following tweet to his followers:
Chiefs are trying to trade Matt Cassel, I'm told. No surprise. Interested parties? Look at Vikings, Cardinals, Bucs. Otherwise he'll be cut— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2013
Although it's almost inconceivable that Cassel could have trade value after consecutive abysmal seasons in Kansas City, the Chiefs will apparently see if they can get anything in return for the quarterback before they release him.
NFL financial expert and former agent Joel Corry responded to Rapoport's tweet with a vital tidbit about Cassel's contract:
@rapsheet Cassel won't be traded with $7.75M & $9.25M salaries in '13 & '14 unless he's willing to negotiate a significant pay cut.— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) March 13, 2013
Let's identify potential trade scenarios for the Chiefs signal-caller.
The Minnesota Vikings were the first team Rapoport listed as a possible landing spot for Cassel, so let's start with them.
Joe Webb has proven to be a decent backup, but he hasn't shown any development as a pocket passer, and that's concerning.
Also, they have an abundance of draft picks thanks to the Percy Harvin trade and could send the extra seventh-rounder they received in that deal to acquire Cassel.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have over $25 million in cap space, and Dan Orlovsky is currently the team's backup quarterback to Josh Freeman.
They have two fourth-round picks in the upcoming draft but don't have a seventh-rounder.
While there's somewhat of a need to upgrade the backup signal-caller spot, the draft-pick ammunition isn't there.
A potential player-for-player swap would make more sense for both sides.
The Arizona Cardinals' quarterback position is in shambles right now, and the team will likely will look to the draft to grab its future franchise signal-caller.
The Cardinals don't have a ton of cap room, but with either the restructuring of Kevin Kolb's monster deal ($13.5 million cap hit in 2013) or his release, they'll have more financial breathing room.
With a pick in each round, Arizona could part with one of them to compensate the Chiefs for Cassel.
Brian Hoyer is an intriguing quarterback currently on the roster, but Ryan Lindley experienced a ghastly rookie season, and John Skelton was extremely unimpressive in 2012.
The Indianapolis Colts weren't shy on the first day of free agency, as they signed five players and re-inked cornerback Darius Butler.
However, they still have money to spend, and 2012 seventh-round pick Chandler Harnish is Andrew Luck's backup, so an upgrade could be desired.
A player-for-player trade is most likely in this scenario as Indianapolis has only four selections in the 2013 draft.
The Atlanta Falcons are in win-now mode, and Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez formulate one of the best pass-catching trios in football.
The Falcons may like current backup, 23-year-old Dominique Davis, but a quarterback with more experience could be coveted.
With one pick in each round and a decent amount of cap space, Atlanta could look to land Cassel.