The Chiefs announced the release of quarterback Matt Cassel on Thursday, multiple media outlets said.
After a 27-touchdown, seven-interception season for a division-title winning Kansas City club in 2010, Cassel struggled the next two seasons. The Chiefs’ trade for Alex Smith and the signing of Chase Daniel signaled the franchise would be going in a different direction at quarterback in 2013.
Cassel is a fringe (real-world) starter talent so he may end up starting for a QB-needy team in the near future. He threw 64 TDs from 2008 to 2010 (one season with the Patriots and two with the Chiefs). The Chiefs signed former Saints backup Chase Daniel to backup new starter Alex Smith.