Cowboys acquire Matt Cassel from Bills for backup QB role

The Dallas Cowboys acquired veteran quarterback Matt Casselfrom the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday after placing Tony Romo on the injured reserve/designated to return list.

Dallas acquired Cassel and Buffalo’s 2017 seventh-round draft pick for Dallas’ fifth in 2017, sources said.

The Cowboys plan to start Brandon Weeden in Romo’s absence with Cassel installed as a backup.

Against the visiting Atlanta Falcons in Week 3, Kellen Moore will be the No. 2 quarterback with Cassel No. 3, a source told ESPN.

But Cassel is expected to supplant Moore as the No. 2 once he has time to learn system and teammates, the source said.

Cassel, 33, served as the Bills’ backup to Tyrod Taylor for the first two games of the season. Cassel, Taylor and EJ Manuel were part of a three-way competition for the starting job during training camp and the preseason.

The Bills released Cassel during final cuts in early September but re-signed him three days later after Cassel agreed to take more than a 50 percent pay cut.

The next game Romo is eligible to start is Nov. 22 at Miami after the Cowboys placed him on the injured reserve/designated to return list Tuesday.

The move keeps him out for the next eight weeks as he recovers from a broken left collarbone. Romo will not have surgery.

The Cowboys worked out Matt FlynnMcLeod Bethel-ThompsonJosh Johnson and Christian Ponder on Tuesday and were looking at adding Flynn or Bethel-Thompson before the trade for Cassel materialized.

Cassel won a division championship as the Kansas City Chiefs‘ starter in 2010, and helped the New England Patriots win 10 games in 2008 after Tom Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury in their opener.

Cassel is due $2 million in base salary this season and can earn up to an additional $2.15 million in playing-time and playoff incentives.

Cassel, whom the Bills acquired in trade from the Minnesota Vikings in March, played just four possessions this preseason, completing 13 of 15 passes for 83 yards.

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50 Responses to “Cowboys acquire Matt Cassel from Bills for backup QB role”

  1. Danny says:

    Looking at QBR rating, except for a couple of OK years, he’s steadily regressed since 2010.

    It’s obvious that the Cowboys went for “safe” and “just get us to when Romo gets back”.

    Romo comes back in mid-November, usually when he peaks during the season. Kind of a crap shoot, we’ll see how it plays out. In a weak NFC East, the Cowboys probably thought if they could maintain the status quo they would be good enough to win the division.

    However, it would have been fun to see Tebow rip through the Eagles.

    • David says:

      The Chicago job may have been for 2-3 weeks and I can’t see Tebow dropping the ESPN job just to be cut again in 3 weeks. He needs a long term commitment. Stafford and Brees were also hurt but those teams have their own favorite scrubs on the practice squad.
      In their conference, Dallas 2-0 is and now 3 games up on the Eagles 0-1 plus any tie breaker. The Redskins play the Giants and the Eagles in week 3 and 4. Dallas may be sitting pretty in the conference after those games and the Eagles will probably be out of it entirely if they lose in week 4. Then they face the Giants in week 6 and Dallas again in week 9. It’s going to be a quick season for Kelly and the Eagles.

    • Danny says:

      Like you said, I think that if a team signs Tebow, they have to be in it for the long haul, not just 2-3 games. Tebow is better off where he’s at with ESPN/SEC nation if that’s the case.

      On an Eagles note, I think some of the “Checkdown Charlie” comments about Bradford are starting to hit a nerve with Bradford and Kelly. There’s been a lot written recently about Bradford having to checkdown because his receivers aren’t open and also talking about dropped balls downfield. I would bet you will see some balls thrown downfield Sunday, even if they’re forced just to shut people up. There’s a lot of things wrong with the Eagles and much of it points to EXECUTION and LEADERSHIP, neither one is present to any degree at this juncture. Play calling is not very good either, not able to adjust at all.

      Then Thad Lewis was brought in for ….. I’m not sure about this, maybe some of the other sharp minds out here can shed some light.

      If last week’s game against the Cowboys was a must win, this week certainly is a MUST MUST win if the Eagles are going to have any playoff aspirations. This is not going to be a easy game for the Eagles. The Jets coming off a Monday night game will probably make this a little closer than expected but I think the Jets at home takes this one. This will put the Eagles seriously behind the 8 ball going into Washington the following week. My guess by the time they get to Dallas on week 9 they will by 2-6 and totally out of it.

      This is starting to get into the time of season when Tebow started for Denver when they were 1-4 and started the incredible run we all talk about out here.

      Not saying this is the same, but does anyone remember the year when Detroit went 4-0 in the preseason and then promptly went 0-16?

      However, I’m sure that Kelly didn’t want to take the chance of having Tebow on the roster, then the team going south and Kelly gets fired. Well, as of now, it looks like that’s what’s going to happen anyway.

    • ck says:

      Thanks Danny and AGREED!

    • TheMascotArmy says:

      This line is good, and relevant to the incomprehensible cutting of Tebow.

      “The common denominator among many of the former Eagles Kelly coached is that they either challenged him in some way or had the potential and personality to do so.”

      Yup.

      • David says:

        Kelly and Elway have the same ego problem. They want it to be about them.

      • Danny says:

        EXACTLY! The thing is, is that Tebow is the type that draws people to him. He doesn’t seek any of that attention to himself. He went out of his way to keep a very low profile with the eagles and he STILL got released. Perhaps the culture that Kelly was referring to was to surround himself with a lot of yes men.

      • ck says:

        TheMascotArmy: Now that DOES make sense b/c there is only ONE TEBOW AND HE IS CERTAINLY NOT OF THAT ELITE CLASS IMO!!! TOO BAD HIS BIG EGO GOT THE BEST OF HIM JUST LIKE ELROT AND ROTTEN RYAN ETC.!!!

  2. David says:

    Another propaganda piece but the comments are good.
    http://www.foxsports.com/whatifsports/nfl/story/how-would-the-cowboys-fare-with-tim-tebow-at-quarterback-092215
    Michael Ortwein says:
    Michael Ortwein
    “A lot of effort is being made by the media and the NFL to convince people that Tebow can’t play anywhere in the NFL…however, the only unbiased evidence we have is in his actual starting performances….everything else is speculation and heresay with a dubious agenda. And that is how it will remain since I don’t think the bad guys want that reality to happen. They’ve worked really hard to smoke screen with the so-called tryouts with the Patriots and Eagles, covering for Rex Ryan’s blackballing of Tebow. I also note that some coaches in the NFL think Geno Smith is good enough to start and spent years trying to develop Christian Ponder, Brandon Weedon, Kyle Orton etc….Fascinating. They are wrong constantly. I simply don’t trust their judgment or integrity. After the Patriot scandals I place the NFL right below the WWF in terms of credibility.”

    • ck says:

      Don’t have to defend Tebow as he has won too many games and his record stands even on tape…like that Ortwein can see through it all too!
      David, ur right about the “propaganda”!

  3. Sage says:

    Looks like the entire NFL, as well as nearly all of Tebow’s detractors, delude themselves by believing Tim’s NFL work constutes a statistically “small sample” size.

    It would be quite interesting to know what sample sizes are relevant in the NFL. I suspect Tim’s existing record is a very good statistical predictor of future success.

    Meanwhile, if what I’ve read is accurate, Bradford’s NFL record is about 18-32, which is close to a 33 percent winning average. That’s a massive 3 year sample (not to mention many useless games lost to injury). Three years (not counting injuries) is nearly 1/3 of a long career. For people to expect Bradford to now move the needle in the winning direction appears not only naive, but inconsistent with the detractors’ beliefs about the importance of sample size.

  4. KingSolomon says:

    I am saddened by all of this and am just giving up. tim does not deserve this. sick of the NFL

    • David says:

      Like Tim Tebow, our joy should be in the Lord, no matter what happens in life. This is how he deals with it.

    • ck says:

      KingSolomon: That is the easy thing to do when faced w/opposition…”GIVE UP” and think if u chose that then THEY WIN! Glad Tebow at least does the opposite of what they expect and that is why they will never defeat him b/c he answers to a higher power aka God!:D

  5. jp says:

    BAD NEWS.
    PHILLY RADIO NOT EVEV BASHING T
    THERE WERE SO MANY BIG PLAYS LEFT ON THE FIELD AGAINST DALLAS TO BE DONE BY T..PHILLY HAS DECIDED TO GO DOWN WITH KELLY A LA MANSON AND THERE IS NO CHANCE FOR T TO RETURN.. They are determined to run a predictable read option with two qbs who have no skills to run a read.. THEY RATIONALIZE THE GUARD PLAY FOR THEIR FAILURE.. WHAT GETS ME ARE THE IMPOTENT OWNERS WHO WANT T ALLOW THEMSELVES TO BE BULLIED BY UNDER ACHIEVING GM A LA JETS OAKLAND. JACK TAMPA BEARS PHILLY ET ALL

    • Sage says:

      In the judiciary, “bias” is known as an insidious thing because people in its sway cannot even recognize their condition, nor could they be trusted to overcome it if they did recognize it.

      With Tim, we have a bias. Leaving aside the question of his religious activism, there has long been bias by the likes of Mel Kiper or so-called draft experts against certain athletic college quarterbacks. This probably pre-dates Bill Walsh and the 49ers, but it was he who convinced the media once and for all that a carefully orchestrated scheme of short pocket-passing could lead to NFL dominance. Since then, most people have continued to assume that this represents the highest evolution of football, which can never be eclipsed.

      To me, that seems stupid. But some QBs look really sharp in the so-called pro-style offense, and it’s easy for weak-minded thinkers to assume that such looks are the sum and substance of QB analysis.

      I guess I’m saying that the type of bias holding Tim back is widespread, and owners are just as likely to be under its effect as GMs and HCs and media pundits. What bugs me is that their thinking is so small-minded. A more thoughtful analysis shows Tebow can accomplish extraordinary things that promote victories. Personally, I believe he had (and still has) the potential to be one of the all-time greatest players. But people who are under the sway of bias can’t overcome its grip. There’s no way to get rid of the biased judges of the NFL and media.

      It will take something like an act of God to put Tim on a team, and it seems unlikely God is very concerned about the issue. Too bad.

      • ck says:

        Sage: Eloquently stated and wouldn’t relegate “AN ACT OF GOD” to be totally out of the picture jmo! And, yes, will admit am slightly biased!:)

      • brandi says:

        I think what really did it was Tom Brady’s injury. Even though it happened in the Pocket, after that Teams began treating the Pocket like it’s some kind of bubble wrap that keeps Franchise Quarterbacks safe. Even Jon Gruden, a long-time Fan of both Tim Tebow AND the Spread and Option Offenses started changing his tune a year ago or so and saying these things won’t grow in the NFL because of the risks to the Quarterbacks.

        Thing is, like so much with the NFL when it comes to Safety issues…remember this is the league that threw half a century of handling of concussions on its head by saying their own “study” showed it was actually better to send a Player with a concussion right back into the Game…has no basis in anything other than their own agenda-driven opinion.

        • brandi says:

          I will say that a couple Teams are trying, putting together “Sports Science” Divisions focused on trying to find actual ways to make the Game Safer and finding what things help in Players’ health. (It only took them 90 years to decide maybe it’s kind of important.) 🙂

        • Sage says:

          But maybe the sanctified, bubble-wrapped passing pocket is an artifact of the success that Walsh and Montana had with their orchestrated offense. Instead of just a baller whose job was to move the ball, the QB became a unique maestro, different in kind from the other meatheads.

          Joe Theisman happened in the pocket too, didn’t it? It’s ironic that a player like Tebow probably escapes direct hits better than most.

          • ck says:

            Sage: You know, Sage, ur right and Tebow is in command when he is on the field…it is like watching a full complement of a “well-oiled” machine orchestrated right down to THE GOAL LINE W/A TD!!!

      • jp says:

        We have the best writers on this board… clear and succinct … One point T is anatomized while some people will at least look at RG3 Kappernick et al

  6. David says:

    Bears coach John Fox wouldn’t rule out Jay Cutler (hamstring) for Week 3 following Wednesday’s practice.
    The Bears have been playing nonsensical, time-wasting injury games since Fox and GM Ryan Pace replaced Marc Trestman and Phil Emery. Through two weeks, the new regime has zero wins to show for it while losing by a combined 33 points. “If [Jay]’s healthy, he starts,” said Fox. “If not, Jimmy (Clausen) will start.” ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported Cutler will miss “at least” two weeks.
    http://www.rotoworld.com

  7. Danny says:

    From ESP, the quote of the day from SB:

    Bradford: “obviously I haven’t played up to my capabilities. I was playing better a few years ago”

    My question…when???? 18-32-1 really isn’t indicative of any success!

    In unrelated news, Kelly rewards Bradford with his 18-32-1 record with ANOTHER start against the Jets on Sunday.

    The hilarity continues!

    • David says:

      They had 3 QBs in training camp with playing experience. Kelly cut the QB with the best win/loss record and went with the one with the worst win/loss record and adopted his offensive scheme.

    • ck says:

      Danny: Lots of chatter for being NONPRODUCTIVE AND AGREE IT IS HILARIOUS…BRING ON THE EXCUSES B/C THEY WILL NEED IT AFTER THE JETS GAME!

  8. Danny says:

    Also retwweeted form ESP:

    To support @LRiddickESPN point on ##Eagles, in Chip Kelly first 2 years they had 236 MORE zone-read runs than any other team. Now have 2!

    Yep, like David said in another thread, the zone read and deep ball left town with Tebow.

  9. Bubbaelvis says:

    I will never understand why Chip cut Tebow. I know he said not good enough but his stats and on field play says otherwise. Bradford and Sanchez are as good as they will ever be. Tim has shown that he gets better and better with time in a system. People dismiss his preseason game against the jets as an outlier. He had 2 TD’s and should of had 3. Remember he drove down to inside the 5 yard line and for some strange reason Chip chose to run the back into the gut of the defense 3 times in a row. My point is that game was not an outlier. It was a showcase for how far Tim had come and how great he is under pressure. Bradford and Sanchez have talent but no courage. The statement Chip made was so out of left field compared to what he had been saying. Something had to have happened for things to shift like they did.

    • brandi says:

      There’s no excuse for Kelly’s comments about Tim. I don’t like his being cut. But I said after the Thursday Night Game where everyone got a fresh taste of TebowTime that Chip had a problem because that gave him a full-on Quarterback Controversy and he’s somewhat stuck with Bradford having given so much to get him. I think he should have traded him but it takes two.

      But to throw Tim under the bus to save some face is inexcusable. And it looks like it may have been the start of a pattern as in the last few days he’s defended his Scheme and Play Calling and threw his entire Offense under the bus as not performing.

      We may be seeing Chip Kelly’s true character.

    • ck says:

      Well, eventually he is going to have a “Freudian Slip”!

  10. lex says:

    so, are the odds favoring the jets for sunday? i hope so.

    any rumblings about tim returning to a team this season?

    • Bigfan says:

      The possibilities he had after Monday have been filled. Now we are a weekend away from round two. Teams are settling in on their and their opponents weaknesses through all of which QBs become more vulnerable in many instances. Having said that this weeks games bring a new set of possibilities!

  11. lex says:

    thanks, Bigfan for the explanation.

  12. bubbaelvis says:

    I just read in another forum that Tim was spotted in L.A. I was wondering if that means he is going to continue working with Tom House. Has anyone heard anything? I am hoping he is and that would mean he has a plan. Tim made tremendous improvement throwing the ball with House. He was able to do both SEC nation and work out with House before so why not. I really hope he is not giving up.

  13. Todd says:

    Tmz caught up with tebow at lax about his future and he didn’t say no to ? You done with football?
    http://m.tmz.com/#article/2015/09/24/tim-tebow-on-nfl-future-figuring-out-the-next-step-video/

  14. Todd says:

    I spent some time watching tebow talk on twitter last night while people were watching skins and giants. I think America is starting to see what we all have been saying after all this bad QB play. How is Tebow at home and they are on the field of play?? I think chip Kelly saying he is not good enough has woke up a alot people’s minds. When they see the mess aka bad QB’s that teams are putting on the field for them to watch. They are realizing something is up and other reasons are play keeping tebow off the field. Tebow worked for two years on his own money to improve and he showed the American people that he got better and still couldn’t get a job. Even after fixing most of the issues nfl people said were the reason he couldn’t find a job.

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