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Matt Cassel-To-Bucs Rumor Is Out There

Posted Feb 27, 2009 by Anwar S. Richardson

Updated Feb 27, 2009 at 10:10 PM

By ANWAR S. RICHARDSON and ROY CUMMINGS

As you might expect, rumors run rampant during the free agency signing period. One involving the Bucs, in fact, is on the verge of running wildly rampant.

We’re not sure of the root of this rumor, but bloggers in new England are suggesting that the Bucs are in the process of working a trade for QB Matt Cassel that would involve the Bucs giving up their first-round draft pick in this year’s draft and some loose change to secure the Cassel’s services.

Keep in mind, we’re just doing our jobs here. This one seems like a little bit of s stretch, but there’s no question that Cassel would provide the Bucs with the kind of player who could push Luke McCown for the starter’s job.

Finding such a player is one of the Bucs’ top offseason objectives, and it’s possible they are unimpressed with the suspects that are available in free agency. We know for certain the Bucs have no interest in Kyle Boller; Kurt Warner is likely to return to Arizona or retire, and Kerry Collins is now off the market.

That leaves the likes of J.P. Losman, Patrick Ramsey and Rex Grossman. Even at the cost on a No. 1 draft pick Cassel might be a better option than any of those.

A league source with some knowledge of the Bucs’ plans told the Tribune Thursday that he was unsure of what the Bucs planned with regards to free agency, but knew for sure that general manager Mark Dominik was contemplating making some headline-grabbing trades. The Bucs obviously made one of those earlier today, giving a second-round pick in this year’s draft and a fifth-round pick in next year’s for Kellow Winslow. It could be that their plan includes giving up a first for Cassel.

Again, we’re just doing our due diligence here, letting you know what’s out there: Musket Fire, a Patriots blog, is reporting there is a possibility New England will trade quarterback Matt Cassel.

The Web site also speculates that Kansas City is in the running.

Here is the link:

Matt Cassel To Tampa Bay?

Once we find out more information, we’ll update you.