After a notable false start, the Chiefs have finally managed to extend Matt Cassel at numbers that initially appear eye-popping by mortal standards but are actually quite reasonable.
John Clayton has it as six years, $63 million, $28 guaranteed. Mark Sanchez has similar numbers over five years. Keeping in mind that since he was already signed for the $14.65 million franchise tag for this coming season, he essentially signed a five year, $48.35 million extension with $13.35 guaranteed. If he managed to hit the free agent market next year with any semblance of success he could easily top eight figures annually, especially if he were the most accomplished free agent quarterback on a market with no salary cap.
The ironic thing about the Mike Brown signing is that it could spell the end of Bernard Pollard as starter. Pollard of course knocked Tom Brady out for the season in week one last year with a low hit, paving the way for Matt Cassel to become the starter, raising Josh McDaniels status as a prospective head coach, and giving the Broncos justification to shop Jay Cutler. At least he's known for something.
A little over a year ago Glenn Dorsey was thought of as a potential number one overall pick and one of the dominant NCAA defensive players of the last decade. Now he's a cautionary tale for drafting defensive linemen in the first round. A 6'1″ 297 lb. 3-4 end? For a team that missed so spectacularly on Ryan Sims and will likely give Tyson Jackson more money than Cassel, Kansas City needs to stop drafting low ceiling linemen in the top ten.
The first year I player high stakes fantasy football was 2001. I was pleased to take Eddie George with something like the fifth pick, and drafted Elvis Grbac (his one season on the Ravens) as my quarterback. Both these picks were disasters, but I managed to pick up McNair right before the Ravens' bye. As if motivated by me, Air II managed to go for 10 TDs, 2 Ints the last five games of the fantasy season and take me as close to a championship as he was after the 1999 season. He played the best ball of his career for me with a myriad of injuries including a broken sternum and some ridiculous weather, particularly in Cleveland if I remember correctly.
And I probably do because I hate Cleveland, which is what I was thinking week three of the 2006 season with my Ravens trailing 14-3 to start the fourth quarter. After years of watching Kyle Boller look lost in big situations, McNair drove the Ravens down the field to set up a game winning field goal by Matt Stover with 20 seconds left. The following week he found Todd Heap, who shook an attempted Merriman tackle to score a go ahead touchdown with 34 seconds left.
I don't know about any of you, but getting killed by a jilted Dave & Buster's waitress sure sounds like a realistic way for my life to end. Not from some rare disease, not from drinking and driving, not from overdosing, or from violent lifestyle off the field, or even from complications from a career that saw him put a lot of miles on his body, but a crazy woman in the service industry. This one hits way too close to home, and hopefully we can all learn a lesson here even if it isn't as overt as the one taught by Len Bias or Donte Stallworth. R.I.P. Steve.
About the Author
Written by Ryan Cleaver
Ryan Cleaver was born in Björk’s house in Iceland and grew up on Easter Island, where his parents were giant stone heads. He has the ability to fire beams of tacos out of his hands and he can turn his legs into tigers. On Sundays, Ryan enjoys reading Family Circus and traveling through time. His favorite color is greenish-transparent and his favorite movie is the one you just watched.