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Saturday, February 28, 2009
Cassel trade opens new offseason possibilities


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Albert Haynesworth's gargantuan contract has been eclipsed as the offseason's biggest blockbuster deal.

 
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  GM Scott Pioli acquired the Chiefs' starting quarterback on Saturday.

The New England Patriots are comfortable enough with the rehabilitation of Tom Brady's rebuilt left knee that they have traded high-profile backup Matt Cassel to the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs sent their second-round pick, No. 34 overall, to the Patriots to acquire their desperately needed quarterback and linebacker Mike Vrabel.

If the trade goes through, then it dramatically will change the offseason possibilities for both clubs and send ripples throughout the league.

Here are some consequences to consider: