NFC Notes: Cassel, 49ers, Davis, Bears

Quarterback Brandon Weeden has been informed by Cowboys coaches that the team will start Matt Cassel in Week 7, following the bye, reports Ed Werder of (via Twitter). Of course, with Tony Romo still on track to return this season, it’s not as if either Weeden or Cassel will become a long-term starter in Dallas, but if he plays well, Cassel could become the favorite to return as Romo’s backup next year.

Here’s more from the NFC..

  • Having lost more than a dozen veterans who started games last season, the 49ers needed to make their free agent signings count this offseason. However, as Matt Maiocco of details, GM Trent Baalke‘s free agent class has mostly been a bust so far.
  • The 49ers would be open to trading tight end Vernon Davis, but he’ll be a tough sell given his contact, play, and age, Maiocco tweets.
  • The Bears brought in linebackers Lawrence Sidbury and Trevardo Williams for a tryout today along with defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi, according to an NFL source who spoke with Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune (via Twitter).
  • The Packers worked out safety Tim Scott today, Rob Demovsky of tweets. Green Bay might need a safety when Sean Richardson is placed on IR.

Luke Adams contributed to this post.

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  1. Luke Adams

    The Cowboys’ QB change isn’t surprising, and I do think I’d rather have Matt Cassel running my team than Brandon Weeden, even if Weeden’s a little more familiar with the offense.

    One thing that could potentially be huge for Cassel: Dez Bryant is still aiming to return for the Cowboys’ next game. I’m a little skeptical that Dez will get the green light, but if he plays, that’s a big weapon for Cassel, and one that Weeden didn’t have at his disposal.

  2. Sam Robinson

    While neither is a preferred starter, Cassel’s experience should represent a bit of a boost for Dallas’ foundering pass offense. The fact that the NFC East doesn’t feature a team that will run away from the pack will help the Cowboys, but Romo’s injury could turn into a doomsday scenario.


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