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Why would the Bucs trade for Matt Cassel?

If the Bucs trade for Matt Cassel, they will have to negotiate to restructure Cassel’s $7.5 million 2013 salary.

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If the Bucs trade for Matt Cassel, they will have to negotiate to restructure Cassel’s $7.5 million 2013 salary.

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The Bucs have designs on addressing their backup quarterback situation during this round of free-agent signings, and the speculation today centers around an interesting contender: embattled Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel.

He is on the trading block today as the Chiefs try to recover something for him rather than release a player they wrongly predicted would be their franchise quarterback just three years ago.

At first glance, you might not see the Bucs as a team willing to give up even a late-round draft pick for Cassel because, despite his struggles, Josh Freeman is far more talented and the position is not necessarily an immediate concern.

But other backup quarterback options will begin to dwindle soon. It wasn’t a great market to begin with, and now former Saints backup Chase Daniel has signed with the Chiefs and Drew Stanton – who was in contact with the Bucs, too – is visiting Arizona and could sign a deal there. There are other options out there, like David Carr, but Cassel seems a better choice.

So, when you look at the whole picture, the Bucs might have some motivation to do a deal here. But if they do, it will have to involve a negotiation to restructure Cassel’s $7.5 million 2013 salary.

If he declines, that’s a deal breaker – for the Bucs or any other team.



[Last modified: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 2:56pm]

    

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