The recently tagged Matt Cassell has accepted the Patriots "non-exclusive" franchise tag offer, guaranteeing Cassell, a 4 year veteran, $14.65 Million for next season.
As it is the "non-exclusive" franchise tag used by the Patriots, Matt Cassell is still free to negotiate with other teams for a better deal. If a better deal is found the Patriots have the right to match that offer and retain his rights or if they choose not to match it they will receive that teams next 2 first rounders as compensation.
Since the tag was instituted in 1993 no team has ever paid the 2 first round for a franchised player, but trades have been worked out for a lesser value.
Cassell started 15 games in 2008, replacing Tom Brady who suffered a season ending injury in the first quarter of the season opener in Kansas City.