Chiefs sign Matt Cassel to multi-year contract

Kansas City has the player it sees as a potential franchise quarterback, and now the Chiefs have Matt Cassel locked into a long-term deal.

The Chiefs have signed Cassel to a multi-year contract, a source told The Star on Tuesday. Terms of the deal have not been released, although the team is expected to announce the deal today.

Kansas City acquired the 27-year-old Cassel in March when it traded this year’s second-round draft pick to New England. The Chiefs also acquired linebacker Mike Vrabel in that deal.

Cassel had signed a one-year, guaranteed contract earlier this year with New England – the Patriots tagged the quarterback their franchise player before the trade – that would have paid him upward of $15 million for the 2009 season.

Cassel, a seventh-round draft pick in 2005, took over in Week 1 last season for the injured Tom Brady after the former NFL MVP suffered a season-ending knee injury. Cassel started 15 games, and New England won 11 contests in 2008.

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