2012's notable free agents
"We've talked with Kyle's people. We've talked with Kyle," Pioli said Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, where he was evaluating draft prospects.
"It sounds like Kyle would like to be with us. We told Kyle that we'd like to continue to work with him," Pioli said. "Now it's just a matter of seeing if things arrive at the right place. It's not always about whether we want a player or the players want to be here."
Pioli was criticized for not having enough depth at quarterback last season, and he's vowed that there will be competition for the starting job in training camp. But he also said that Cassel is expected to be the starter, assuming he's fully recovered.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.