The New England Patriots must feel certain Tom Brady's injured knee will be fine next season.
After putting the franchise tag on Matt Cassel as insurance for their two-time Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, the Patriots shipped Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel to the Kansas City Chiefs yesterday. The Chiefs gave up the 34th pick in the April draft for both players.
The Chiefs have the third overall selection after a franchise-worst 2-14 season. In yielding their second-round draft choice, they acquire a reliable 12-year veteran linebacker and a proven young quarterback.
Brady's rehabilitation of a severe knee injury was set back when an infection forced a second...