Don\’t Bet On Matt Cassel Reuniting With Todd Haley In Pittsburgh

According to several reports, the Kansas City Chiefs have a trade in place with the San Francisco 49ers that will allow them to acquire quarterback Alex Smith for a couple of draft picks once the new league year starts. The result of that trade will be release of quarterback Matt Cassel, who the Chiefs traded for back in 2009 when Scott Pioli was the general manager and Pittsburgh Steelers current offensive coordinator Todd Haley was the new head coach.

With Cassel expected to be a free agent, several in the fan base are trying to link Pittsburgh as a possible landing spot for Cassel because of his past association with Haley. It\’s a logical dot connecting as the Steelers certainly could use an experienced backup younger than both Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich, both of who are set to be unrestricted free agents.

While the dots connect, however, the Steelers will certainly not be willing to pay Cassel much to come to Pittsburgh to work with his former head coach that rode him very hard in Kansas City. For all we know, Haley might not view Cassel in the same light that he once did after coaching him.

Cassel was set to earn $7.5 million in 2013, and despite his severely uneven play in the past, several other teams, with much more cap room available to them than the Steelers have, will also be looking at the 30 year old as a potential backup as well.

First and foremost, Cassel will be looking to see if there are any places that he can go to compete for the starting job. He certainly isn\’t going to get that opportunity in Pittsburgh.

So will Cassel end up reuniting with Haley in Pittsburgh? I would bet against that happening.

  • steeltown

    While having a guy like Cassel as a backup would be a positive, especially with Batch’s age.. I just dont see them offering him much money.

    I’d rather have someone like Matt Moore and a young draft pick behind Ben

  • I would much rather bet on not having him. While I think Cassel is a better backup than starter, I have never liked him as a QB.

    I am with you that I would prefer to have someone like Moore and a pick, with Batch by the phone again.

  • Garrett Hunt

    I don’t see Cassel starting anywhere in the in the NFL. Just a product of the Patriots scheme that made him look better than he actually is.

  • steeltown

    e.g. Matt Flynn

  • Garrett Hunt

    Agreed. But to be fair we haven’t really seen anything from him post-Green bay

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    Given the cap situation, the Steelers need to wait until after the draft to look at the backup QB position and then go with the best veteran available willing to work cheap. If it is Charlie Batch, so be it, as long as the third QB is someone they can develop.

  • Jollyrob68

    If Cassell was smart he’d go the Charlie Batch Route and sign a team friendly deal with the Steelers. He knows Hayles system and will regain his confidence…
    This is just another reason why The Steelers should of Injury settled Leftwich and Kept/extended Hoyer.
    They should of Kept Jerrod Johnson.

  • dgh57

    We can do better than Matt Cassel!!! He was booed relentlessly in Kansas City!

    I can see why with these stats: 6 tds vs 12 ints–58 comp%–66.7 qb rating. I believe he lost his starting job after he threw that INT to Timmons in OT that cost the Chiefs the game.

  • Kyle Owens

    We should sign any former Kansas City Chief player available.Steve Breaston, Matt Cassel and bring in Marty Schottenheimer to coach special teams after the new guy we just hired “retires”.