Former Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel, who led the Patriots to an 11-5 record after taking over for an injured Tom Brady in the 2008 season-opener, has parlayed his one season as an NFL staring quarterback into a lucrative long-term contract.
A source close to Cassel has confirmed that Cassel has agreed to a six-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, who are now run by former Patriots vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli. The source has confirmed that Cassel's deal is for $63 million over the six years, $28 million guaranteed.
The 27-year-old Cassel was scheduled to play this season under the franchise tag, which the Patriots placed on him following the 2008. The franchise deal was a one-year contract that would have paid Cassel $14.65 million this season. This new deal rips up and replaces the franchise tag contract.