A relevant question regarding the future of Cassel is how many teams might bid on him, whether as a free agent or through trade? The second part of that question is, of course, on how many teams would he be an upgrade? A quick look at the 31 other teams, in descending order of QB rating through 12 games: Dallas - Romo San Diego - Rivers Arizona - Warner New Orleans - Brees Miami - Pennington Tampa Bay - Garcia New York Giants - Manning Atlanta - Ryan Green Bay - Rodgers Houston - Schaub New York Jets - Favre Washington - Campbell Denver - Cutler (New England - Cassel) Indianapolis - Manning Buffalo - Edwards Philadelphia - McNabb Chicago - Orton Jacksonville - Garrard Baltimore - Flacco Tennessee - Collins/Young Carolina - Delhomme Pittsburgh - Roethlisberger Kansas City - Thigpen/Huard Minnesota - Frerotte/Jackson San Francisco - O'Sullivan/Smith/Hill Oakland - Russell Cincinnati - Fitzpatrick/Palmer St Louis - Bulger Cleveland - Anderson/Quinn Seattle - Hasselbeck Detroit - Culpepper/Kitna/Orlovsky Teams in bold = might bid on Cassel. Excluded: Oakland - while a clear upgrade, they probably financially cannot quit on Russell yet. Baltimore - Flacco looks like a good developing QB Cincinnati - obviously an injury issue to Palmer Questions: Philadelphia - too soon to move on? Buffalo - expensive for a limited upgrade over Edwards Miami - good season from Pennington, but aging and risky New York Jets - does Favre retire? would Mangini want ex-Pat Cassel? Tampa Bay - time to bring in the future? That yields 12-14 teams that might be interested, based on the numbers and the context.