The New England Patriots and Matt Cassel has one very important thing in common currently. Time, and for the next three weeks we’ll see and hear plenty of headlines. Either on the web, the radio or television debating one very important question. When and will New England franchise Cassel?
The deadline for franchising players is February 19th. And until then the media will beat this question and debate it to death. As if they haven’t done that already. The question on will they do it has been answered. Yes, they will franchise Cassel, unless a new twist occurs with Tom Brady and the injury that sidelined him for the entire 2008 season.
The only piece left to find out is when will they do it. My guess would be a few minutes before the right to franchise a player expires. Come on, this is New England we are talking about now. Would we expect anything else from them, lol.
As far as Cassel is concerned he’s in a win-win situation either way. He either gets franchised or becomes a free agent. Either way he’s going to get his payday. If New England “tags” him he’ll go from making $525,640 this past season. To close to $14.5 million next season. And people say it’s weighing on his mind.
Who freaking cares if it is. I’m sure he’s not losing sleep over this. It must be real tough knowing you could be getting a 14 million dollar pay raise shortly. And if he’s not franchised, Cassel will still get his “payday” and possibly a starters role in the NFL. It’ll just be from a new team, not the Patriots.
So it’s time for all of you in the media, to relax. Take a deep breath and talk about something new. Like the Super Bowl coming on Sunday. Or which head coach will be “canned” next. Until something new develops let’s all listen to the sounds of the clock as it goes “tick tock” waiting for the deadline to expire.