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Why Patriots won't franchise Cassel

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05:51 AM ET 01.30 | If the Patriots decide to place the franchise tag on Matt Cassel, they must have $14.6 million of salary cap space available -- or at least have a plan in place to create that space once Cassel signs the franchise tender. Tom Brady is scheduled to have a $14.6 million salary cap charge in 2009. So in the event that the Patriots place the franchise tag on Cassel, and end up keeping him, they will have $29.2 million of the projected $123 million salary cap tied up in two players who play the same position. That is not an ideal scenario for the team, and runs counter to the philosophy of spreading the wealth to more players.

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