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Cassel deal will be jumping off point for Edwards

Posted by Chris Brown on July 15, 2009 – 3:04 pm

Matt Cassel’s new deal (6-$63M-$28M guaranteed) with the Chiefs naturally impacts the quarterback contract market in the NFL, but his breakout year last season could be used as a parallel for Trent Edwards.

Edwards is entering the third year of a four-year rookie deal. He’s the unquestioned starter, but outside the organization fans still hope, more than know, he’s the long term answer for the Bills.

If Edwards puts up a monster year in 2009, it’s not unrealistic to assume that he could command Matt Cassel money. Cassel had no NFL resume until 2008. To his credit he took advantage of it. Provided Edwards does the same this season it would be difficult to deny him similar money.

And that’s big time cash. Cassel is going to pocket $40.5M over the first three years in the deal.

Some might think it’s better to sign Edwards to an extension right now, knowing the cost would only be higher after a big statistical year and presumably after Jay Cutler is signed to an extension by the Bears, which will only drive QB cost up further.

But the Bills are in a tough spot. In an ideal world, even though the organization believes strongly in Edwards’ ability, you’d think they’d still like to see him put up the big year before rewarding him with a long term contract.

Where do you stand? Extension now or after a big year when costs are only going to be higher?


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