I know, I know...but hear me out.
(1) The Chiefs have NOT approached Cassel regarding a multi-year contract (according to Cassel's agent)
Brodie Croyle Tyler Thigpen is arguably ready to be our starter
(3) Many have called Cassel a "system" QB who thrived only because of what he had in New England (if this is true, Pioli would be the first to understand/acknowledge it)
(4) The QB situation around the league has increased the value for proven QB's (see Broncos/Cutler situation)
(5) More and more questions are being raised about Stafford and Sanchez.
So - what if Pioli has set up the Chiefs to gain big-time through a blockbuster trade - essentially grabbing Cassel (for a second rounder) when the market was cold , hanging onto him until the market was hot, only to trade him to a likely suitor for a 1st and 2nd, or maybe a QB (Cutler?) and a second (throwing LJ in as compensation?).
I just get the feeling that Cassel might be part one of a ridiculous two part move by Pioli. The most important reason behind this is the lack of negotiation between the Chiefs and Cassel on a multi-year contract. Essentially - the Chiefs are on the hook for Cassel's ~$14 million salary. They could soften this by giving him a long term contract, thereby renegotiating the first year salary. The only argument against doing this is they feel he'll do poorly this season, thereby putting managment in a better bargaining position. You really think they're betting against themselves?
So - second poll of the day from me -
UPDATE: As of 6:13 p.m. EST - there is an 84% chance that I'm an idiot.
UPDATE II: First of all - I just realized, about 8 hours after I originally posted this, that I placed Croyle's name in the argument above instead of Thigpen. I don't know what the heck I was thinking - and now I realize why there were so many negative comments. Tyler Thigpen is who I meant - I can't explain how I even allowed Croyle into my mind. Second - I'm less of an idiot as time goes on....hahahahaha.