I've seen lots of debate in this board (which is a good thing) about whether or not the Pats should franchise Cassel because if he becomes an unrestricted free agent, we may lose him and get nothing in return. (let's even assume we get no compensatory picks even though it's likely that we will). I understand where that reasoning comes from because of his success this year. Food for thought however is that his four year rookie contract is worth a total of $1.44 million. That's not his salary this year but his salary for the entire four years. So let's think about this for a second. He's been doing a real good job this season and in my opinion, better than most starting QB's in this league. How many starting QB's in this league (or at least QB's who are starting for their teams right now) are making more than $1.44 million this year alone? My point is, just the fact that he is playing for the Pats this year at such a high level is already a great "return on investment" even if he did leave next year and the pats are "not able to get anything in return".