Over the last few weeks, the opinions of analysts have been sought to answer the question “What might Matt Cassel be worth in a trade?”
Part of what makes the situation compelling is that there has been no consensus.
Former NFL head coach Steve Mariucci, for example, believes Cassel would command a first-round draft choice and something else. Those thoughts were echoed by former NFL personnel executive Mike Lombardi of the National Football Post. ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper also touted Cassel as being first-round worthy.
Meanwhile, former NFL quarterback Jim Miller – now an analyst on Sirius NFL Radio – set the bar a bit lower.
Today, former NFL coach Dan Reeves was posed the question.
“When I look at it, you factor in that he did a great job for them for one year, with a really good supporting cast. There are a lot of teams that don’t have the supporting cast – the offensive line, the running backs, the wide receivers, a good coaching staff that has been together for a while. There were a lot of things going for him. That’s not to diminish what he did, because I thought it was an incredible job, and all you can control is what you can control and Matt did a fantastic job. So he certainly made himself a lot of money. What is that worth? A lot will depend on what those other teams have in terms of a salary cap situation, what their draft situation is. There are a whole bunch of things and all it takes is one team. Giving up a number-one draft choice, though, I think that’s a steep price to pay in this case.”