Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel has been traded to the Kansas City Chiefs, NFL.com's Adam Schefter and the Boston Globe first reported. The Pats must think this Tom Brady guy will be good to go after knee surgery.
The Associated Press says the Patriots will receive the Chiefs' second-round draft pick this year, the 34th pick overall, in exchange for Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel, who had confirmed on Friday to the Boston Globe that he was traded to the Chiefs.
The Cowboys play the Chiefs this season in a rotation against AFC West teams.
The Patriots had placed the franchise tag on Cassel. The trade frees them from having to pay him $14.65 million in salary as determined by that tag.
Cassel, a scrub in college at Southern Cal, guided New England to an 11-5 record and the brink of the playoffs last season after Brady was injured in the season opener.