Former Blue Chip Matt Cassel Now Bargaining Chip?

Craig BrownCorrespondent IJune 21, 2009

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 7:  Quarterback Matt Cassel #16 of the New England Patriots looks on during their NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 7, 2008 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Chiefs 17-10. (Photo by Elsa Garrison/Getty Images)

If you've scanned through any of my past articles, I've made it apparent I feel the Chiefs continue to have a glaring weakness at the wide receiver position.  Not saying the linebackers and offensive line aren't in need of some quality youth, and who knows what we have at tight end.

Still, the receiver position remains questionable at best, not exactly what you want to provide a $14 million dollar quarterback.

My longing for Anquan Boldin is not likely to happen—or could it? 

Recent trade requests from Brandon Marshall of the Broncos adds another impact superstar to the list of available receivers via trade or free-agency.  But seriously, it's not as if the Broncos would trade their stud to their division rivals—or would they?

The Chiefs have yet to commit long-term to recently acquired Matt Cassel, a potential sign they aren't ready to turn the keys over quite yet.

Or is it that Cassel is simply biding his time in Kansas City, set to hit the free-agent market again next year?  Anyone thinking of Jared Allen?

I would argue that Cassel is the single most valuable bargaining chip the Chiefs have at their disposal, if a trade was pursued.

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Of course, that would re-seat Tyler Thigpen at the top of the depth chart, a decision I'm not all that comfortable with...yet.

However, It doesn't make sense to pay a quarterback franchise money when the team as a whole remains so unsettled.  

I would guess this team is a 5-7 win squad with or without Cassel.  So, why not be a 5-11 team with Thigpen instead of a 6-10 team with Cassel?

Arizona could be interested in Cassel with the apparent lack of development from Matt Leinart, the heir apparent to aging and fragile Kurt Warner.  Cassel is only 27 and could conceivably be thought of as the Cardinals quarterback of the future.  Turning Cassel for Boldin or draft picks may not be a bad financial decision.

Denver continues to salivate for Cassel, and thoughts are they will pursue him hard in the off-season if a long-term extension is not reached with the Chiefs.  Would the Broncos consider moving Marshall and Orton/Simms to the Chiefs in return for Josh McDaniels apparent pride and joy in Cassel? 

I'm not sure I'd like to bring a guy with baggage and off-the-field issues in such as Marshall, but would that ever change the complexion of our offense. 

Tyler Thigpen might look better than Matt Cassel if he had Bowe/Marshall or Bowe/Boldin at his disposal. 

Interesting points to ponder...hopefully you didn't reserve your Cassel No. 7 jersey just yet. 

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