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A good CYA move by the Pats if Brady really did have a setback, and a little ridiculous if they can't move Cassel.
I believe you can remove the franchise tag by a certain point if you don't feel you can move him and then he becomes a UFA (anyone? feel free to correct me.)
In the end, someone is going to need him; there are not enough good starting QBs in the league. Teams like Minnesota, Chicago, San Francisco, and Tampa would all like to have him. Will he necessarily be good? Maybe, maybe not. But his value is higher than anyone currently at the position on those rosters.
Dude, Matt Cassel is totally better than Brady and I think we would have won every Super Bowl in history with him. He does so many things better early on with an inferior offense and without sitting for years and years! Brady is the best quarterback in the NFL, but Cassel is somehow better for the team or something. Yeah. That sounds spirited and reactionary.
Seriously though, good move. Let's at least get something for the guy. He's a damned good quarterback, but he isn't anywhere near Brady right now. He's in the Derek Anderson last year neighborhood. If Brady's ready, we cash in.