by Adam Gretz
The New England Patriots didn't waste any time placing the non-exclusive franchise tag on free agent quarterback Matt Cassel, doing so they first day they were allowed. Cassel, it would seem, has also wasted no time in accepting the offer, according Chris (scoop!) Mortensen of ESPN.
Cassel is now guaranteed a salary of $14.65 million in 2009, which is the average salary of the top five quarterbacks in the NFL.
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