FOXBOROUGH, Mass. The New England Patriots have placed the franchise tag on Matt Cassel.
Thursdays move means the quarterback remains a free agent, but the Patriots can match any offer made by another team or allow him to sign with that team in exchange for two first-round draft picks.
If and when he signs the one-year franchise tag designation, worth $14.65 million for 2009, he will be under contract to the Patriots, who could keep him or trade him.
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