Would the Pats be able to sign Cassell to a 5 yr 40 million $ contract with 24 mill guaranteed before he becomes an official free agent? If TB takes longer to rehab then MC plays part of next season, if TB is on time, they trade MC. The Pats leverage is they could threaten to franchise and trade him. Granted he would make 13-14 million guaranteed for one year but he would expose himself to the threat of injury or not playing as well in another system and being a one year wonder. If I were him, I would have to seriously consider taking the guaranteed cash. I just can't see the Pats letting him walk and getting nothing in return.