The New England Patriots have traded quarterback
The trade is expected to be announced this weekend.
The Patriots originally dealt Cassel to the Chiefs -- now run by former New England vice president of player personnel
It's a stunning acquisition for Kansas City. Cassel, who never started a game at quarterback in his career at USC, was drafted in the seventh round of the 2005 draft when Pioli ran the New England personnel department. He relieved the injured
The move leaves the Patriots with three second-round picks in the 2009 draft and, as usual, puts New England in position to be a power-broker on draft day. No team has more than New England's four first-day draft choices; the Pats also have their own pick in the first round.
And the move also leaves the Chiefs' top of the draft intact. They hold the third pick overall.
The compensation is surprising, because two years ago, the Atlanta Falcons got two second-round picks from Houston for a far less experienced quarterback,