There will be plenty of attention this week about what could be Brett Favre‘s final game. On a lesser but related note, this also could be quarterback Matt Cassel‘s final game with the Patriots.
New England is on the outside looking in at the playoffs, and Cassel’s contract is scheduled to expire after this season. Yet, Cassel is unsure whether this will be his goodbye.
“Nobody knows the future,” Cassel said Wednesday. “If anybody knew the future, I probably wouldn’t be here right now because a lot of people predicted I wouldn’t be here after preseason. The fact is nobody knows where I’m going to be next year, so I could definitely be back here. It’s something we’ll have to wait and see.”
One way to ensure that Cassel would return to New England is if the Patriots slap their franchise tag on him. Problem there is that New England would then have to pay Cassel more than $14 million, which is what quarterback Tom Brady is scheduled to make in base salary the next two seasons.
“I don’t know what the situation might be, but the Patriots are home to me right now,” Cassel said. “That’s all I’ve ever known in my professional career.”
And it might stay that way. But as anyone around the sport also knows well, it might not.