Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum is no fool. He knows the Jets need a quarterback and has already proven he is game to mortgage the future on a gun slinging QB. So if the Jay Cutler to Jets deal gets done, it should come as no surprise, especially after the events of last summer that kicked off Brett Favre's awkward stint in New York.
Cutler is pissed. This much is clear. After a lengthy conference call in Denver on Monday with Bronco brass, including owner Pat Bowlen, JC came away expecting a trade before Apr. 25's NFL Draft.
The Jets are the perfect trading partner. They have two young QBs from which the Broncos can select, and own the 17th pick in the Draft.
Possibly backup Kellen Clemens, who had bright moments in his short tenure as the Jets starter, including playing well in an OT win over the Steelers and the 17th pick would be enough to grab Cutler, who would be thrilled to get out of there.
So a first and a backup for Jay Cutler? Sounds too good to be true. But for Jet fans it may be a reality in a few weeks if this situation continues going south. Since the Shanahan firing in Denver, this situation has gone from bad to worse.
Cutler was unhappy about the firing, and the decision to hire new coach Josh McDaniels.
Neither Cutler's QB coach or offensive coordinator were retained. Then, when McDaniels first personnel move as head coach was to try to bring in Matt Cassel from New England, Cutler has finally had enough.
He would most likely want to go to a contender or around a big media center like New York for the numerous endorsement opportunities. The Jets offer both incentives.
If Jay Cutler does end up in a Jets uniform, it could catapult the team into contention in the AFC. Coach Rex Ryan has cemented an already-strong Jets defense with the three additions of Bart Scott, Lito Sheppard, and Jim Leonhard, joining a unit including Pro Bowlers Darelle Revis, Kris Jenkins, Kerry Rhodes, Calvin Pace, and Shaun Ellis.
If acquired, the young Pro Bowler would provide an ample jump start to the Jet offense, which has suffered the losses of Favre and wideout Laveranues Coles to the Bengals this offseason.
Perhaps Tannenbaum could catch lightning in a bottle and sign a proven target for Cutler, like a Torry Holt or Marvin Harrison, and the Jets could have something special in 2009.