As the rumors swirl about the Washington Redskins pursuing Jay Cuter, lets take a look at how to make this situation productive if it happens. Below are the top five things that would allow Jay Cutler to thrive in Washington.
1. Bring in Mike Shanahan as a consultant to the Washington Redskins
Shanahan would not need a large role in the organization, but it would be a nice gesture of the commitment the Redskins have for Cutler. This would be similar to what the Dallas Cowboys were looking to do with Dan Reeves. Shanahan has proven to be a winner and would be an asset to the Redskin organization, regardless of his role.
2. Find a long term solution at wide receiver
The Redskins need a number one wide receiver to compliment Santana Moss and it looks as if no matter how hard they tried in last years draft, they still do not have a viable solution. At the current rate, Anquan Boldin will be a free agent next year and would team two star young players in their prime for years to come.
3. Find a short term solution at wide receiver
Looking back a month ago the prospect of bringing Marvin Harrison to the Redskins was not that intriguing, today is a different story.
If Washington can land Cutler and has their targets set on a long term receiver solution in 2010, then signing Harrison to a one year contract as a interim step, seems to make sense.
Sure the Redskins have a history of signing players past their prime to ridiculous contracts, but signing a short term deal with Harrison for what he is worth would be different... hopefully.
4. Solidify the Offensive Line
Protect the quarterback, protect the quarterback, protect the quarterback. It goes without saying that in the event Washington finally gets a franchise quarterback in his prime, he must be protected.
Looking at these four options, would not only go along way to making Cutler successful, but would make them relevant again for years to come.