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Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Kansas City and New England finalized a major trade on Saturday, a deal that will send quarterback Matt Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel to the Chiefs in exchange for a second-round draft pick.
The deal is contingent on both players passing physicals, but it will also reunite both with new Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli, who left his position as the Patriots vice president of player personnel to take the vacancy in Kansas City last month.
"I have a long history with both players," said Pioli in a statement. "Mike and Matt are men that I respect both personally and professionally. I look forward to having them as new members of the Chiefs family."
The Chiefs will likely negotiate a new long-term deal with Cassel, who was slapped with the franchise tag by the Patriots. He accepted the tender earlier this month and would earn $14.651 million for the 2009 season, an average of the top five salaries at quarterback.
Cassel made a name for himself in 2008 after taking over for an injured Tom Brady in the season-opener. He helped the Patriots to a record of 11-5, including 10-5 in his 15 starts, but New England did not qualify for the playoffs.
A seventh-round pick of the Patriots in 2005, the 26-year-old Cassel threw for 3,693 yards with 21 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions in 16 games. He had thrown a total of 39 passes in his first three seasons as Brady's backup.
In addition to his backup status with New England, Cassel was also the backup to a pair of Heisman Trophy winners -- Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart -- at Southern California.
Vrabel has played in 176 games, including 110 starts, in a 12-year career with New England and Pittsburgh. He played the first four years of his career with the Steelers before spending the past eight with the Pats.
The former third-round draft choice out of Ohio State managed just four sacks with New England in 2008, one season after posting a career-high 12 1/2 sacks and being named to his first career Pro Bowl.
Vrabel, who will turn 34 prior to the start of the 2009 season, will help one of the NFL's worst pass rushes of all-time. The 2-14 Chiefs posted a league- low 10 sacks in 2008, the worst such figure since the statistic was first recorded.
The Akron, Ohio native has accumulated 681 tackles (453 solo), 51 sacks, 11 interceptions, 16 forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries. He is also a threat on offense, having served as an occasional tight end in goal line situations, scoring eight touchdowns on the same number of receptions from 2002 through 2007. He also has two scores in the playoffs during his career, with both of those coming in Super Bowl wins.
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