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Matt Cassel to the Arizona Cardinals?

February 28th, 2013 at 2:09 PM
By Steve Smith


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The quarterback carousel keeps going around and around. Now that Alex Smith is headed to the Kansas City Chiefs, what interest do the Arizona Cardinals have in quarterback Matt Cassel?

Cassel needs a job and the Red Birds need a quarterback. Is Cassel really on Arizona's radar though? According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, he is.

Would he really be an upgrade over Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, Ryan Lindley or Brian Hoyer? Skelton and Lindley, yes, the other two I'm not too sure.

The eight-year veteran is coming off a terrible 2012 season – he tossed just six touchdown passes with 12 interceptions and owned a feeble 66.7 QB rating. His last solid NFL campaign was in 2010 when he led the Chiefs to a 10-6 record and an AFC playoff berth. He threw for 3,116 yards and 27 TD passes that season with just seven interceptions.

But that was a while ago. He is going to be 31 years old when the NFL season starts in September and has missed 14 games over the last two seasons. He does not have a cannon for an arm so unless Bruce Arians and company can get him at a very low price, I just don't see what the overall appeal would be for the Cardinals.

The Cardinals brain trust could always bring Cassel in for a tryout and see how he performs. It seems more likely though that the Red Birds will look to sign Kolb at a reduced salary for 2013 and draft their future signal-caller somewhere in the early rounds of this April's NFL Draft. It seems most likely that Arizona would take a top offensive tackle or guard with the seventh overall pick and focus on a young, talented quarterback somewhere in the next couple of rounds.

Cassel just does not seem like the right fit in Glendale for 2013.




Tags: Alex Smith, Arizona, Arizona Cardinals, Brian Hoyer, Bruce Arians, Football, John Skelton, Kevin Kolb, Matt Cassel, NFL, Ryan Lindley

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