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Matt Cassel Reportedly Being Let Go from Chiefs

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 24, 2013 Last Updated: February 24, 2013
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Matt Cassel release? Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel—benched in favor of backup Brady Quinn after relatively dismal numbers last year—will reportedly be released soon, it was reported this weekend.

Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs drops back to pass against pressure from defenders Geno Atkins #97 and Domata Peko #94 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half on Nov. 18, 2012 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Cincinnati defeated Kansas City 28-6. (Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs drops back to pass against pressure from defenders Geno Atkins #97 and Domata Peko #94 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half on Nov. 18, 2012 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Cincinnati defeated Kansas City 28-6. (Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel will reportedly be released soon, reported USA Today.

Cassel is slated to make around $7.5 million in 2013, but posted his worst numbers as a starting quarterback last year, leading the Chiefs to a 1-7 record before he was benched. Cassel threw 12 interceptions, only six touchdowns, and posted a 66.7 quarterback rating, which was ranked 32nd in the league. He also fumbled nine times, losing seven of them.

A person with condition of anonymity told USA Today on Saturday that Cassel was not offered a pay cut from his $7.5 million salary.

“The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hasn’t talked about Cassel’s contract situation in detail, said it seems Cassel is destined to be released soon,” said the newspaper.

So with his relatively high salary, weak numbers, and the fact that Andy Reid is now the head coach of the Chiefs, it is no surprise that Cassel will be released. Reid has not yet publicly backed Cassel, who signed with the Chiefs four years ago after starting in place of an injured Tom Brady in New England, reported CBS News.

Reid also said he was interested in backup Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Nick Foles and also said he “really likes” San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, according to CBS.

Meanwhile, Brady Quinn, the former Notre Dame standout who led the Chiefs to only one win in 10 games played last year, is not expected to re-sign with the Chiefs after becoming a free agent next month.

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