Cassel traded to Chiefs

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The Kansas City Chiefs acquired quarterback Matt Cassel from the New England Patriots, the NFL Network reported Saturday. Adam Schefter, writer and analyst for the Network, said he believes the Chiefs will not be giving up the third overall pick in April’s draft.

Scott Pioli, the Chiefs’ new general manager, was formerly with the New England Patriots and was arguably the architect of the Patriots’ “dynasty” — and I use that term loosely — in the 2000s. A day after acquiring linebacker Mike Vrabel from his former employer, Pioli boldly made the move for Cassel, adding him to a young, up-and-coming offense that looked explosive at times last year.

With new head coach Todd Haley — who served as coordinator of the dynamic Arizona Cardinals’ offense in their run to the Super Bowl — the Chiefs just may become the next “worst-to-first” example of today’s NFL parity. They clearly still have holes to fill on a poor defense, but it’s conceivable to believe we’ll see a markedly improved Chiefs team in 2009.

Perhaps the best thing about this move is that now the remnants of Bears fans calling for Jerry Angelo to acquire Cassel will turn their attention to a more feasible option. Never a big believer in Cassel, I feel the Bears would be wise to spend their money elsewhere in smaller quantities on more pieces needed.

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