Who Will Win the Jay Cutler Sweepstakes?
With the Jay Cutler drama in full soap opera mode, there is definitely no shortage of teams that should be interested in the Broncos' 25-year-old pivot.
Pat Bowlen, owner of the Broncos, made the official announcement Tuesday night that they will try and honor Cutler's request to be traded, and since then, the rumors of potential landing spots have come fast and furious.
The strongest such rumor involves none other than the Washington Redskins, who, according to various sources, have been shopping their current starting QB Jason Campbell.
Other teams reportedly showing interest in Cutler include the Jets, Browns, Bucs, Bears, Lions, and the 49ers.
According to ESPN, via the Tampa Tribune, the asking price for Cutler is two first-round draft picks.
Whether this high asking price will be a deterrent to some teams remains to be seen. What is known is that the marriage between Jay Cutler and the Broncos is beyond repair.
So let's have a look at the teams which may or may not be interested in the talented, but slightly immature Cutler, and whether or not they have what it takes to pull off a deal.
New York Jets
With Kellen Clemens not as far along as most Jets fans would like, and team owner Woody Johnson looking to fill seats in the new stadium, watch for the Jets to make a strong run at Cutler, especially since the Broncos have made it clear that they don't require a quarterback to come their way in a deal.
Head coach Jim Schwartz inherits a mess of a football team but is trying his hardest to get the team pointed in the right direction.
The first order of business is ending the Lions quarterback nightmare. Dante Culpepper is not the answer; Jay Cutler could be.
The Lions have the No. 1, No. 20 and No. 33 overall picks to use as trade bait. The only holdup might be that the Broncos wouldn't want the No. 1 overall pick, and the hefty price tag that comes with it.
Although the Browns have two starters in Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn, new coach Eric Mangini is not enamored with either of them.
Since Mangini has final say over personnel decisions, and with Brady Quinn playing far below expectations, look for the Browns to be major players in the Jay Cutler sweepstakes.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs wanted Cutler a month ago, when news of a potential three-way trade with Denver opened the flood gates to this melodrama.
The Bucs have Luke McCown penciled in as the projected starter. While McCown is a decent quarterback, he's not in the same league as Cutler.
Add to the fact that Tampa Bay has plenty of cash under the cap and has never had a problem trading away high draft picks, and it'd be no surprise to see Cutler in a Buccaneers uniform next season.
San Francisco 49ers
When a player of the calibre of Jay Cutler suddenly becomes available and your top two quarterbacks on the roster are Shaun Hill and Alex Smith, well, you don't have to be Bill Walsh to know you might want to orchestrate a trade.
The 49ers demonstrated that they were looking to upgrade at the quarterback position after bringing in Kurt Warner for a visit, and many experts have them drafting USC's Mark Sanchez with the 10th overall pick.
However, word has it that Mike Singletary likes to run a more conservative-type of offense, and a gunslinger like Cutler might not make a good fit in San Fran.
The idea of the Bears actually making a move for a big name quarterback sounds a bit strange, especially since they never upgraded in the past, instead going with Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton.
However, a guy like Cutler, with that vaunted Bears' defense, may be the missing piece of the Super Bowl puzzle.
The Bears would have to be stupid not too at least entertain the idea of acquiring Cutler, even if it means giving up their No. 18 overall pick.
As I said before, rumors are rampant that the Redskins are actively shopping Jason Campbell, whose contract is set to expire at the end of the season.
Owner Daniel Snyder is always looking to make a big-splash in the offseason as well and trading for Jay Cutler would definitely qualify.
Of course the 'Skins have gone on record that Jason Campbell is the team's starting quarterback—they just didn't say until when.
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