Tom Brady will be quarterback this season, so Matt Cassel was traded to get a second round pick.
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Matthew Brennan Cassel (born May 17, 1982) is an American football quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Southern California (USC), and was drafted by the New England Patriots in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft.
He became the Patriots' starting quarterback after Week 1 of the 2008 season after then reigning NFL MVP Tom Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury. According to ESPN research, he is the only known quarterback in NFL history to start an NFL game at quarterback without ever starting at quarterback in college. In February 2009, the Patriots used their franchise tag on Cassel, extending him a one-year contract worth over $14 million, the largest one-year contract for an offensive player in NFL history. Later that offseason, the Patriots made a trade which sent Cassel to the Kansas City Chiefs, who signed him to a 6 year, $62.7 million contract in July 2009. In 2010, Cassel led the Chiefs to their first divisional championship in seven years, and earned a Pro Bowl berth in the process.
Michael George Vrabel (//; born August 14, 1975) is a former American college and professional football player and current assistant coach. Vrabel played at the linebacker position in the National Football League (NFL) for fourteen seasons, and at the defensive end position in college for the Ohio State Buckeyes, where he earned All-American honors. He has played professionally for the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, and the Kansas City Chiefs. A versatile player in the NFL, Vrabel regularly lined up at the tight end position as well as starting as a linebacker. He is currently the defensive line coach at Ohio State.
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Thomas Edward Patrick "Tom" Brady, Jr. (born August 3, 1977) is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). After playing college football for the University of Michigan, Brady was drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft.
In Brady's eleven seasons as a starter, the Patriots have earned five trips to the Super Bowl, winning three. He has also won two Super Bowl MVP awards, has been selected to eight Pro Bowls, and holds the NFL record for most touchdown passes in a single regular season. His career postseason record is 17–7; his playoff win total is the highest in NFL history. He also helped set the record for the longest consecutive win streak in NFL history with 21 straight wins over two seasons (2003–2004), and in 2007 he led the Patriots to the first undefeated regular season since the institution of the 16-game schedule. Brady has the third highest career passer rating of all time (96.6) among quarterbacks with at least 1,500 career passing attempts. In 2012, Brady became the first quarterback in NFL history to lead his team to 10 division titles.