Matt Cassel Is Not the Answer for the Arizona Cardinals

Jonathan CullenSenior Writer IMarch 1, 2013

The Cardinals need to do better than Matt Cassel at QB.
The Cardinals need to do better than Matt Cassel at QB.Jamie Squire/Getty Images

The Arizona Cardinals have been down this road before. The Cards don't need anyone else's washed-out quarterback, like Derek Anderson.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, he anticipates that the Kansas City Chiefs will release Matt Cassel after the Chiefs made the bold move to acquire Alex Smith from the San Francisco 49ers.

The worst part? Schefter expects Arizona to be one of the teams interested in signing Cassel.

Now comes the collective groan from the Cardinals' fan base.

Fairly or unfairly, Cassel is maybe the only quarterback who could make the Cardinals' quarterbacking situation worse than it has been the past couple of seasons.

The Cardinals have QB options for this season. Smith would have been the best choice, something that I wrote about here in January, but the 49ers got a deal that was too good to pass up.

Arizona seems to be currently engaged in a game of chicken with QB Kevin Kolb. Both sides know Kolb's deal needs to be renegotiated, and there are not a lot of attractive alternatives for either side.

Cassel has a place in the NFL. It's with the New England Patriots, as Tom Brady's backup, rebuilding his confidence and value under the tutelage of Josh McDaniels and Bill Belichick.  

By Cassel moving to the Patriots, it would allow New England to move Ryan Mallett to the Cardinals, something that I proposed last month and still makes sense for all sides.


Before thinking that trading a second-round pick to the Patriots is crazy, Mallett is better than any quarterback coming out in this 2013 NFL draft, by far.

The 24-year-old Mallett will be a better quarterback than any QB the Cardinals could pick in the second round.

With Patriots' QB Tom Brady recently inking a team-friendy extension, Mallett is likely to be on the move, something that Jeff Howe at NFL Trade Rumors speculates on.

While dealing another second-round pick for another unproven quarterback isn't an ideal situation, the Cardinals need to be bold.

The options in this year's draft are underwhelming.

Just like the thought of bring Matt Cassel to town.


Information used from Tim Kawakami/SJ Mercury News, Jay Glazer/Fox Sports, Peter King/SI