Matt Cassel signed a six-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday, making him one of the highest-paid players in the NFL.
Cassel, who rose from obscure backup to starting quarterback with the New England Patriots last season after Tom Brady was injured, was traded to the Chiefs in February. Cassel had been designated a franchise player by the Patriots.
Cassel, 27, will earn a maximum of more than $60 million in his new deal, according to a league source, with $28 million guaranteed. He will earn $40.5 million over the first three years and $15 million in 2009, figures that put him among the upper echelon of players in the NFL.
Acquiring Cassel was the first key personnel move for new Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli, who had been with the quarterback in New England. Brady’s return from injury made Cassel expendable for the Patriots.
– Jason La Canfora