The Kansas City Chiefs made a move that was not un-expected. Matt Cassel’s four-year run with the Kansas City Chiefs is over. He has been released by the team, and is an unrestricted free agent.
The Chiefs officially signed former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Alex Smith, to a contract Tuesday, the official beginning of the league’s new year.
Five years ago, Cassel, who had been a back-up in New England for 3 seasons made his impression on the NFL. He threw for 3,693 passing yards and an 89.4 passer rating in 15 starts in 2008 after Brady went down in Week 1. It was enough for the Chiefs to deal the 34th pick in the 2009 draft to New England for Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel.
In 4 seasons with Kansas City, Cassel threw 59 touchdown passes, and 44 interceptions. He won only 19 of his 48 starts. His 2011 season was shortened by a hand injury. He suffered a concussion in October of 2012, and was eventually benched and replaced by Brady Quinn.
After Andy Reid was hired as the new head coach, it was evident that the Chiefs would trade or cut him. He would have received 7.5 million dollars in the 2013 season.
Smith, who had turned his career around in San Francisco, said he was excited to be a Chief, and to be a starting quarterback again. After a concussion, his replacement, Colin Kaepernick, never lost the starting position with the 49ers, and subsequently took them to the Super Bowl, almost winning in a comeback.
Other news in the NFL offseason included the Washington Redskins looking to improve their offensive line. To help block for Robert Griffin III, they signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers lineman Jeremy Trueblood on Thursday. Terms were not revealed.
He will be teamed with Jammal Brown and Tyler Polumbus, both free agents. The Redskins also signed veteran right tackle Tony Pashos on Monday, the same day left guard Kory Lichtensteiger re-upped for five years.
After signing Danny Amendola to replace Wes Welker, the New England Patriots are inviting former Buffalo Bills receiver Donald Jones to discuss the possibility of a contract offer.
Although he was a restricted free agent, the Bills did not make an offer to Jones in spite of his 41 receptions and four touchdowns last season. He was placed on ‘injured reserve’ category in December because of a nagging calf injury.
Chris Ogbonnaya agreed to a two-year deal to re-sign with the Cleveland Browns. In 15 games in 2012, he compiled 217 yards from scrimmage.
Columnist-The Guardian Express