The 2013 NFL free agency period will begin on March 12 but the Kansas City Chiefs will make decisions on some players before then. Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com has a report on upcoming cap casualties and both Matt Cassel and Tyson Jackson are mentioned.
Cassel is due over $7 million in 2013 and Jackson is due over $14 million.
On Cassel La Canfora writes, "League sources said there is almost no chance he remains in Kansas City. The fans have turned on him, and it's time for a change."
Those league sources could've been any one of us. The fan base is obviously expecting the Chiefs to enter 2013 without Cassel. New Chiefs GM John Dorsey did tell the guys at 610 a few weeks ago when he was asked about Cassel that "you never say never."
I agree that it seems more likely Cassel won't be here. But is it that hard to imagine a scenario where he is? The Chiefs keep Cassel and draft a quarterback? I'm just saying ... even with this report, I don't think it's a foregone conclusion that Cassel is out.
Tyson Jackson is an interesting case. La Canfora notes the very large amount of money he's due and says he'll be gone. Jackson restructured his contract last year to stay on the team, which makes me think twice about him. Could he do the same this year?