I know it looks like that but NE by franchising him turned a comp pick at the end of the 3rd round into a top 3 pick in the second . Not to mention putting them now 18 mill under the salary cap which they can now go out and use in free agency . I do not see the downside here NE would have never kept that KC high 1st rounder they would have traded down because keeping it would have cost them more money then they were paying cassel
I bet you didn't feel that way about those two last season did you? No of course not. Michfn1 I appreciate your reasoned reply. I can very well see the points you made and agree to a great extent. To the other poster, you obviously know nothing about football so I will not try discussing it with you. I guess if Brady were to ever leave or be traded to another team he would be worthless too huh? Incidently, I am from Matt Lights hometown. I remember watching him play as a skinny kid. He is a great guy who has done a lot for the high school here. Good luck to the true Pat fans who appreciate good players.
For the record, I think it was a smart move by both teams. You didn't need them, we do. We now have a semi-experienced QB and a defensive leader to help install a new system. You get to go out in to free-agency and plug some of your holes. I also agree that the 3rd pick in the second round is a fantastic place to be.
I think its a good deal for both, That 3rd pick in the 2nd is a great place to be, I think we will use it smartly. I mean we got a 2nd for a 7th when you break it down. Cassel had a good year for his first time as a starter, but they had to bring him along with baby steps to get him to where he ended the season. Will it continue, time will tell. I hope it does. As far as Vrabel he probably would not had made the final cut this year, so this is a good way of letting him go with some dignity and I think he will help KC establish a how to win attitude so it will be good for both teams. But he will always be one of my favorite Pats. Now we have some $$$$ to work with and we can get younger and faster which is what we need to do. Remember the Patriots always know what there doing, sop lets not be to quick to say they got robbed, it will help both teams for sure.
A year ago you'd be called insane if you predicted this. A #34 for Cassel in this draft is...probably about as good as the 31 in last years draft. Cassel was an unforeen gift.
Other teams were reported to offere somewhat more. Aparently they worked with Cassel to get this done and he wanted KC. Vrable also played along since he could have been released and aslo probably wanted KC.
Cassel started out with baby steps but by the second half was making his own strides. IMO he'll do very well.
I gotta say, initially this trade made me sick. However,now I'm starting to see some pretty good reasons for why it happened and why we received "just" the #34 pick in the draft. I agree, picking 34th is like picking in the 1st round without having to pay a 1st rounder. Looks like a pretty smart move here.
As far as Mike Vrabel goes, he'll always be one of my all-time favorite Patriots. I will never forget the times he lined up at TE in those SBs and caught those TDs. From that first SB on, I was a fan of his for sure. I believe he will be rewarded for his excellence here and inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame one day.
Like I said yesterday while everyone was flipping out because NE didn't get the moon and stars for Cassel and Vrabel, one side did not slicker the other side. Pioli and Belichick don't strike me as men wh are stupid or naive. They know each other and both know NE's needs and wants. They each knew what they wanted and needed and hammered out a deal without posturing and BS. It's a win-win for both sides.