The Patriots have assigned the franchise tag to QB Matt Cassel, as expected.
The franchise number for Cassel is $14.65 million, which is similar to Tom Brady's cap charge. The real intrigue comes with the next move. If the Pats are comfortable with Brady's rehab and the development of last year's third-rounder Kevin O'Connell, they can dangle Cassel for a couple of draft picks. The other options include working out a deal with Cassel to act as insurance against a possible Brady setback, or letting him play out the season on a one-year deal. Feb. 5 - 5:11 pm et
Source: Boston Globe
Don't think this comes to any surprise to anyone.