Patriots fans might be asking "that's it?"
But given what the market had to bear, this is a solid deal for the Patriots.
In situations like these, it's all about market conditions, and reacting accordingly.
There wasn't a large market for Cassel, which was a result of three main factors: 1) Not every team needed him; 2) Economics-wise, not every team could afford him; 3) Compensation-wise, not every team was willing to part with what it would take to acquire him (draft pick).
The Patriots figure to take a hit in opinion polls on this deal, but from this perspective, the main questions to answer are these:
In the end, the feeling here is that the Patriots turned a 2005 seventh-round draft choice -- a player many felt would be cut at the end of training camp (me included) -- into a valuable 2009 second-round pick.
It hurts to lose Vrabel, but that's the risk the team took in placing the franchise tag on Cassel in the first place. They knew that if the market didn't generate, there would have to be some sacrifices.
So in the end, the Patriots adjusted well to what the market dictated.
This isn't the mega deal some were hoping for, perhaps even the Patriots themselves. But it's still a solid trade.