Chiefs Trade For Cassel, Vrabel

In the most significant team move in recent history, the Kansas City Chiefs landed their biggest prize of the offseason thus far. Saturday they agreed in principle with the New England Patriots to trade for quarterback Matt Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel in exchange for the 34th pick in this April's NFL draft.

Cassel instantly becomes KC's starting quarterback. Last season he took over for the injured Tom Brady and led New England to an 11-5 record. Per Peter King of Sports Illustrated, the trade was finalized Friday evening.

With the Chiefs sitting on nearly $56 million in cap space, they have the money to make Cassel one of the highest paid young quarterbacks in the NFL. The Chiefs had been rumored to be interested in drafting one of the top quarterbacks in the draft this April, as both Georgia's Matt Stafford and USC's Mark Sanchez saw their stock rise to the top end of the draft.

Now the Chiefs, who still hold the third overall pick, can add one of the top offensive linemen, possibly Virginia offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, or swing back to the defense and pick Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry.

Either way the Chiefs have jumped to the top of the heap in day two of free agency by acquiring Cassel. Now the job will be to tweak the offense in free agency.

NFL Network Analyst Adam Schefter believes the Chiefs will sign Cassel to a long term contract that could be worth $70 million. Last week Cassel signed a one-year tender that would have guaranteed him a base salary of $14.65 million for the 2009 season.

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