The Minnesota Vikings Need Jay Cutler in 2009
Last season, just before the 2008 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings made the biggest splash in the offseason by trading away a first round pick and two third round picks for Jared Allen, one of the best pass-rushing defensive ends in the NFL.
Now, it's that time of year again. But will Ziggy Wilf do the same this season?
The Vikings were, without a doubt, the most active team in free agency last offseason, signing Allen, Madieu Williams, and Bernard Berrian all to multi-year contracts.
They also signed Maurice Hicks, Benny Sapp, Thomas Tapeh, Michael Boulware, Derrick Pope, and Ellis Wyms.
They have been very quiet this season, however, making only a few headlines immediately after free agency started by acquiring veteran quarterback Sage Rosenfels. That was about it for a couple of weeks.
They failed to hold on to former Pro Bowl center Matt Birk, who signed with the Ravens, but did re-sign Jim Kleinsasser, arguably the best blocking tight end in the NFL.
They also re-signed Charles Gordon and Benny Sapp.
Their lone free agent signing worth noting is former Bronco cornerback Karl Paymah.
While the Vikings haven't been very active, it's time to start improving the team. The Vikings still need to address the quarterback situation.
Now that Broncos' QB Jay Cutler has demanded he be traded, should the Vikings consider bringing him into the fold?
Acquiring Cutler would be an immediate upgrade at the quarterback position for nearly every NFL team. Denver fans want to keep this guy, but it doesn't appear likely that he'll remain a Bronco.
Personally, I would love to see this guy in purple next season. With Adrian Peterson behind him and a relatively strong offensive line, this guy could do wonders.
Granted, the receiving corps is only about average, but it is still very young and can only improve under an excellent signal caller.
For his career, Culter has completed 62.5 percent of his passes, thrown for 9,024 yards, and 54 touchdowns, and be averages one interception over his 37 career starts since 2006.
These stats are better than anything the Vikings can offer at the quarterback position, by far. Plus, this guy is still only 25 years old, and would be with the Vikings for years to come.
The only way I see the Vikings acquiring Cutler is by again trading their first round pick, a third round pick, and maybe Chester Taylor, who would automatically be the starting running back in Denver ahead of third-year RB Selvin Young.
Although I wouldn't prefer to lose Taylor, he can be replaced. I don't want anymore question marks surrounding the quarterback position in Minnesota. Culter could be the missing piece to an already stellar football team.
While it seems unlikely the Vikings would acquire Culter after dealing more draft picks, it would be well worth it.
I'll bet he ends up in Detroit, where they could potentially offer the first pick in the draft and/or the 20th pick.
With draft day approaching, it's up in the air right now.
Please Ziggy, do the Vikings fans a favor and acquire this young star. He will help bring you a Super Bowl and be a big part of one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL.
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