In the QB discussions all over the page, Matt Cassel's name has been thrown around as a possible replacement next season. He's a free agent in March so why not throw some money at him right? Well, if Adam Schefter is to be believed, it's gonna cost mucho dinero to acquire the services of Mr. Cassel.
Now Schefter's blog post is all inferrences so take them with a grain of salt, but he makes some intriguing points. He suggests Cassel would be in the market for a deal along the lines of Aaron Rodgers, since they're putting up somewhat similar numbers and are first time starters.
For starters, Cassel and Rodgers have the same agent, David Dunn. They also have started almost the exact number of games after taking over their jobs from legendary quarterbacks this season. And once they did, the two quarterbacks have posted similar numbers, as the chart below shows.
Cassel might not be as productive as Rodgers so far, but he is not far from. So if Rodgers got an average of close to $11 million per year, Cassel is expected to be anywhere in the $6-to-$10 million per year range, depending on how he finishes the season.
So to those folks clammering for a guy like Matt Cassel. Would you pony up that kind of cash? One other thing to keep in mind. The folks at PFT threw out something that actually made sense (I suppose when you throw enough stuff against the wall, something's bound to stick). They suggested that the Patriots might franchise Cassel and then trade him. So now it becomes a question of, would you deal the players/picks AND pay the cash?