- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Should the Jets consider signing Matt Cassel this offseason?
The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback is about to be released now that the team has agreed to trade for San Francisco's Alex Smith. The Chiefs have a new head coach in Andy Reid and a new quarterback in Smith. It's time for the Chiefs to part ways with Cassel after four seasons.
Cassel, 30, would not be a long-term solution for New York. He threw for just 1,796 yards with six touchdowns and 12 interceptions last season. But Cassel could add immediate competition for Sanchez, which would only make both players better. Cassel also has plenty of starting experience with Kansas City and New England and he made the Pro Bowl in 2010.
Most importantly, Cassel could provide the Jets a cheap alternative. Other options like Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback Matt Flynn would require the Jets trading draft picks and accepting a larger salary. The Jets have a tight salary cap this offseason and need to make wise, cost-effective decisions.