Matt Cassel Reportedly Expected to Be Released by Kansas City Chiefs

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IFebruary 23, 2013

Matt Cassel's days with the Kansas City Chiefs could be numbered, as new head coach Andy Reid continues to look for a solution at quarterback.

According to Mike Garafolo of USA Today, Kansas City may be ready to release Cassel soon:

Meanwhile, a person briefed on the Chiefs' thinking in regard to Matt Cassel said the veteran quarterback has not been offered a pay cut from his slated salary of $7.5 million. 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.

Cassel joined the Chiefs in 2009 after a stellar 2008 season with the New England Patriots, in which he replaced an injured Tom Brady en route to throwing for 3,693 yards and 21 touchdowns to 11 picks.

However, the Chiefs signal-caller hasn't fared so well in Kansas City and has led the Chiefs to just one playoff appearance in four seasons. In 2010, the Baltimore Ravens bounced Cassel and the Chiefs from the playoffs in the opening round.

Last season, Cassel began the year as the team's starter but was replaced by backup Brady Quinn after another lackluster campaign. That, along with his salary, could be the driving force behind his departure from Kansas City.

In the same article by Garafolo, it's mentioned the Chiefs have been in discussions with the Philadelphia Eagles about possibly acquiring quarterback Nick Foles, although no progress has been made in those talks, and the Eagles might be interested in holding onto Foles after all.

The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles spoke this week about a possible trade involving Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, but no progress has been made toward a deal, according to a person informed of the talks between the teams.

The person, who spoke to USA Today Sports on condition of anonymity because the conversations weren't to be discussed publicly, said the Eagles conveyed to the Chiefs what they've been saying through the media—they like Foles and plan on giving him a chance to compete with Michael Vick for the starting job.

It seems the Chiefs are busy looking for a quarterback this offseason, as the team has also been linked to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, per Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports.

If the Chiefs can find their man via trade or free agency, then they can focus on using their No. 1 overall draft pick on offensive line help—namely left tackle Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M. Even if they don't, it's unlikely the Chiefs use their top selection on one of the many iffy quarterbacks in this year's class.

The search will continue for the Chiefs as this offseason moves along, but it looks like Cassel may not be the answer for Kansas City in 2013.