On January 12th he was quoted as Cassel was worth at least a high 1st rounder and then some. "Michael Lombardi, who last week was the first to report the Patriots would put the franchise tag on Cassel, said the starting price should be the draft choices the San Diego Chargers received for Eli Manning. At the 2004 draft, the New York Giants acquired Manning's rights for Philip Rivers' rights along with a third-round pick that year and their first- and fifth-round picks in 2005. "Whatever the Giants gave up for Eli has to be the market," Lombardi said. "It's got to be a first-rounder, and not the 22nd or 24th pick in the draft. It has to be a substantial one and one that keeps on giving." Cassel trade talk opens with high 1st-rounder - AFC East - ESPN On February 4th he posted on his website that The National Football Post | Notes From Lombardi: Top Free Agent QBs that Cassel's "value is a first round pick above 15 along with a second rounder." How does he then go on NFL Network yesterday and not mentioned that his prior valuations of Cassel were wrong?? From now on, when Lombardi evaluates a Patriot player, I am going to really take it with a grain of salt.