The Globe's Mike Reiss talks about the future of Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel. Click on the player above, or check out the written summary below.
Cassel is likely the first domino that will fall for the Patriots this offseason and the team will progress from there. The Patriots can place the franchise tag on Cassel for an estimated $14 million, one-year tender, but that would tie up $29 million between Cassel and fellow quarterback Tom Brady. That runs counter to the Patriots' typical action of spreading the wealth. The Patriots could also trade Cassel if they could find a potential suitor. As for Cassel, he could hold out -- much like Asante Samuel did -- to protest the franchise tag, but a $14 million contract might be reason enough for him to return to New England.