Matt Cassel Release? Kansas City Chiefs Deal For Tim Tebow Or Nick Foles Could Replace Quarterback, Andy Reid Scouting Geno Smith At NFL Combine

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Feb 24, 2013 11:11 AM EST
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The Kansas City Chiefs were the worst team record wise in the NFL last season and one of the main reasons was the poor play the quarterbacks position, leading the team to possible release Matt Cassel."

The Kansas City Chiefs were the worst team record wise in the NFL last season and one of the main reasons was the poor play the quarterbacks position, leading the team to possible release Matt Cassel, according to Yahoo Sports.

The Chiefs traded for Cassel from the Patriots under the old regime of executive Scott Pioli and coach Todd Haley, who then signed him to a 6-year, $62.7 million contract in July of 2009. He has not played up to expectations and with a number of solid quarterbacks at the top of the draft, new head coach Andy Reid may feel it's time to move on.

Cassel is owed $7.5 million if he stays on the roster for the 2013 season and his play on the field has not warranted that. He went just 1-7 last year and three six touchdowns with twice as many interceptions while completing 66.7 quarterback rating. The Chiefs had the worst passing offense in the league and that could be the main reason why they are ready to move on.

Cassel could remain if he decides to take a pay cut or restructures his deal, but chances are he won't want to do that.

The team recently released tight end Kevin Boss and wideout Steve Breaston to help with cap room and Cassel could be the next casualty. Backup Brady Quinn started a number of games for the team last year as well, but he is not the future at quarterback and Reid could decide to draft another player or deal for someone else like Tim Tebow or Nick Foles.

Reid drafted Foles to be the future quarterback in Philadelphia and now that the Eagles have brought back Michael Vick and signed Dennis Dixon, Foles may be the expendable player on the roster.

Tebow also offers an opportunity for Reid to start over in Kansas City and team has also expressed interest in Alex Smith from the San Francisco 49ers. The team has said they are not planning to release Smith and that could make him a prime candidate for a trade if Reid decided to pull the trigger.

Although Tebow did not have much success with the Jets last season, Reid was able to see how he played in Denver's system in 2011 when he took the Broncos to the playoffs, something the Chiefs haven't done in a few years. A deal could be the best way to get a winning quarterback despite what happened in the draft last year.

Reid has a nice amount of options at the combine for the draft in Mike Glennon and Geno Smith, but there is a chance he may want to bring someone new in through a trade rather than the draft. While there are a nice amount of prospects, none of the players are on the level of Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin, meaning he may want to make a deal instead.

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