TAMPA -- Earlier this week, former NFL head coach Steve Mariucci said that he believed Patriots QB Matt Cassel would net a first-round draft choice and more in a trade.
Former Patriots QB Jim Miller, now an analyst on Sirius NFL Radio, sets the bar lower.
"I think it would be a second-round round draft pick, and you also factor in that he's going to get a new contract from that team," said Miller, who is here at Super Bowl XLIII as part of his analyst duties. "Or maybe you work a deal where it's a conditional second-round pick that could turn into a [first-rounder].
"In terms of the contract, he'll probably get $7.5 million a year average, and obviously you're going to give him a little bit of money up front. I'd probably work a four-year deal with him."
Miller, who is pictured here preparing for his Friday show, believes that a straight-up first-round pick is a bit rich based on Cassel's experience.
"I just think it has to be on a consistent basis," he said. "Remember when the Buffalo Bills signed Rob Johnson? He'd played about two quarters and they signed him to a big deal, $28 million. That didn't work out. So I think you'd like to see one more year under Matt Cassel."
That's not to say that Miller isn't impressed with Cassel.
"I think he's a solid quarterback, and you saw him grow as the season went on," he said. "Early on, they surrounded him with a good run game, and you saw the offense start to expand every week with what he felt comfortable with and what he was capable of handling."