Jay Cutler's Other Possible Suitors

Vincent JacksonCorrespondent IMarch 31, 2009

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

In my previous article entitled, "Gang Green Countdown: Why Jay Cutler Should Go to the the New York Jets," I analyzed why New York should (and possibly will) trade for the embattled former Broncos quarterback.

Then I got to thinking: What if the Jets miss the ball here and decide to stick with Kellen Clemens or Brett Ratliff?

Here's a list of other potential targets for Jay Cutler.


Detroit Lions

Cutler's arm makes Calvin Johnson that much more dangerous and makes the Lions' first choice in the draft a no brainer: a left tackle. 

He would be playing in an easier division with almost no pressure on his shoulders.


Cleveland Browns

What a way for Eric Mangini to stick it to the Jets.

He steals the quarterback that New York pleads for and brings him to Cleveland in a good offense with Braylon Edwards.

The downside is that he would be in the same division as the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers and defensive-minded Ravens who will be foaming at the mouth to knock his head off.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

While the Bucs are known more for their offense, Cutler under center would give them credibility in a mediocre division.


San Francisco 49ers

His cocky attitude may not fly with head coach Mike Singletary, but he can certainly take San Francisco to their first postseason since 2003 in arguably the weakest division in the NFL.


Chicago Bears

Cutler could also burn the Lions for a division rival and give them a true franchise quarterback with the opportunity to build a legitimate receiving corps around him.


Minnesota Vikings

Another division rival who is a quarterback away from being an NFC title contender for the next decade.

Armed with a suffocating defense, putting Cutler in the same offense as Adrian Peterson forces defensive coordinators to respect BOTH the run as well as the pass which could open things up for Bernard Berrian.

Sensing a possible NFC North theme here?

Whoever signs Jay Cutler immediately shifts the balance of power in that division.


If the Jets do not sign Cutler, look for one of these teams to pick him up.