Chiefs Sign Matt Cassel to Long-Term Deal

The Kansas City Chiefs locked up quarterback Matt Cassel with a long-term deal on Tuesday.

Football betting information tells us that the deal is reportedly worth $63 million dollars with $28 million guaranteed. It will keep him in Kansas City through the 2014 season.

The Chiefs may be a longshot in football betting but they are moving in the right direction with a new quarterback and a new head coach. “I am honored and humbled,” Cassel said, “by the faith that the Chiefs organization has displayed in me.”

Sports betting statistics tell us that until last season Cassel had not started a game since 1999 but he was excellent in relief of New England quarterback Tom Brady and was rewarded in the off-season after coming over in a trade to Kansas City. Cassel won 11 games for the Patriots as football betting numbers indicate, but with Brady coming back he would have been relegated to the bench. Now he is the main man in Kansas City. “Since Matt arrived in Kansas City,” Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli said “he has embraced the team and the community. His work ethic, his ability and competitive presence is what we expect from our players.” The Chiefs are moving in an upward direction with Pioli, Cassel and new head coach Todd Haley. After floundering for a few seasons it appears that the Chiefs could finally be headed in a positive direction.

The Chiefs rolled the dice a bit by signing Cassel to a long-term deal. Football odds information shows that they could have allowed him to play the 2009 season and then make a decision but Pioli wanted the deal done now. Cassel is very happy the deal is done and is looking forward to the 2009 season. "My wife and I are excited to embrace the Kansas City community as we make it our home. I’m very enthusiastic about the direction our team is headed in, and I’m anxious to get back to work with the rest of my teammates as we begin the 2009 season."

The Chiefs open up the season at Baltimore and are 9-point football betting underdogs in their season opener. Kansas City is considered a big longshot in football odds to win the Super Bowl as they are listed at 55-1 at the online sportsbook. The one positive for Kansas City is that they play in the AFC West which is considered the weakest division in the NFL.