As reported by our New England SBNation Brethren over at Pats' Pulpit, the Pats announced today they'd be placing their franchise tag on Cassel. Also, the sun set today. Wow. Really startling news (insert sarcasm). Although some folks mused over whether the Pats would franchise a backup QB where most doctors were predicting Brady would return for training camp, the Pats really didn't have anybody else they needed to slap the tag on. This takes probably the best free agent QB essentially off the market.
Even though I knew this would happen, I'm kind of disappointed. Cassel is a young, talented player with a tremendously positive attitude who is involved in the community and seems liked by everyone.