How the Jets Can Get Jay Cutler

Bill GalluccioContributor IMarch 25, 2009

SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 28:  Quarterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Denver Broncos throws a pass against the San Diego Chargers during the NFL game at Qualcomm Stadium on December 28, 2008 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Broncos 52--21.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Despite what anybody in the Denver Broncos organization says, Jay Cutler's relationship with the new GM and coach can't be repaired. 

In the end, they will have to trade him.

Many teams have expressed interest in him, but the team that needs him the most is the New York Jets.

They do not have the resources to make a trade for him, so they will need to get a third team involved.

A possible third team would be the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals just re-signed Kurt Warner to a two-year contract, which means they have Matt Leinart on the bench.

Warner said he plans to retire after his two-year contract is complete.

This means the Cardinals are paying about $6.75 million a year for a bench player. Why not shed that salary and get a young quarterback who can spend two years learning under Warner?

They could send Leinart to the Broncos, giving him a chance to start his career.

The Broncos would send Cutler to the Jets, and the Cardinals would get either Kellen Clemens, or Brett Ratliff along with two draft picks. This could be either a first and second, or a second and third-round pick, depending on which quarterback they get.

This trade would be good for all of the teams involved:

  • The Jets would get a solid QB who has proved he can play.
  • The Broncos would get a young QB who is from the same draft class as Cutler. They would get rid of a problem and be able to focus on football.
  • The Cardinals would shed salary and get draft picks to help them replace Leinart and possibly fill other needs.