Rumor has it you're not too happy with the Denver Broncos, Jay. I can't blame you.
The team fired Mike Shanahan after nearly a decade and a half with the organization before hiring a rookie coach, Josh McDaniels, whom you have reportedly clashed with.
They also put you on the trading block and felt that the inexperienced Matt Cassel was a better option at quarterback than yourself. I mean, who wouldn't have amazing stats if they had Randy Moss and Wes Welker to throw to, right?
Anyways, I know you've said that you're "shocked" and "upset" that the Broncos would treat you like that, but instead of dreading a trade, I say you welcome it. In that three-way deal involving Cassel, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were ready to do anything necessary, including giving up a first and fourth round pick, in order to make you their franchise quarterback. They were the first team to contact Denver about acquiring you, so you're definitely the team's first option.
"I don’t know if they think I can’t run the system or I don’t have the skills for it. I just don’t get it. Or if they don’t think they can sign me with my next contract. I just don’t know what it is," you told The Denver Post.
If it's a show of confidence that you want, it's about time you demanded a trade to Tampa Bay.
You'd easily beat out Luke McCown for the starting job, and would have players like Antonio Bryant, Kellen Winslow, and Michael Clayton to throw to. Not to mention that the Buccaneers have a ton of cap space and could add some more weapons to your arsenal.
In fact, minutes after publication, the Buccaneers signed former Giants' running back Derrick Ward, who will split carries with Earnest Graham. That means we're deep at the running back position with Cadillac Williams healthy again, so you won't have to deal with any sixth stringers like you did last season in Denver.
While Raheem Morris may not have a lengthy resume like Shanahan, he's a player's coach, so there won't be any problems between the two of you. He's extremely friendly and knows that his forte is defense, so there will be no clashing. Not to mention we just hired Jeff Jagodzinski as our offensive coordinator. He is known for his high-flying, deep pass attack, which would perfectly compliment your cannon of an arm.
And trust me, I have an aunt who lives in Denver, and the weather is much nicer here in the Sunshine State. We have beaches and it never gets cold, which is great for you since you play better when it's warm (judging by your late season collapse).
Not to mention, there's no state income tax in Florida. That means you get to keep more of your $48 million contract than you would in Denver!
Sure, the Lions have Calvin Johnson, but the team is coming off the worst season in the history of the NFL. Not to mention that city has more problems than Brandon Marshall, and will likely be rebuilding for the rest of your contract.
Chicago doesn't have the offensive weapons the Bucs do, and like we said before, you're not a big fan of the colder weather.
Minnesota has Adrian Peterson, but they also have Brad Childress. The two pretty much cancel one another out. Not to mention, the team just traded for Sage Rosenfels and it's no secret that Childress likes quarterback controversies, so that's not exactly the show of confidence you're looking for.
Tampa Bay, on the other hand, gives you a clear starting job, a system you can have a huge role in developing, offensive weapons, and a perennial top defense. And did I mention the amazing weather and more cash in your wallet?
So, Jay, I know by now you're drooling at the thought of being a Buccaneer. Go ahead and call Brian Xanders and let him know that you're demanding a trade to the pewter and red. They denied you when you asked permission to speak with other teams but they can't do anything if you threaten to hold out until your demands are met!
I speak for all Buccaneers fans when I say we'd love to have you leading this team and have full faith in your abilities.
Also, this weekend the high here is 81° compared to 56° in Denver. Just saying.
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