New York Jets Need To Try For Jay Cutler

Nick Condit@@NConditCorrespondent IMarch 11, 2009

According to an ESPN source, Jay Cutler and the Broncos are still at odds. Denver obviously denies the claims.

But ESPN.com writer Bill Williamson reported that a Monday conference call heard Cutler and new head coach Josh McDaniels continue their beef. According to the source, McDaniels would not admit to attempting a Cutler trade and acted as if Cutler had asked to be traded.

This of course did not please Cutler, who expressed that he would rather be traded sooner than later if the Broncos were not interested in him long-term. 

This is the time for the New York Jets to strike.

The Jets front office have made great moves in the past two offseasons save Brett Favre, who still brought publicity and excitement to the Jets last season.

The additions of Bart Scott, Lito Sheppard, and Jim Leonhard have sured up the Jets defense but the offense—specifically the passing game—has taken a couple steps back from last season.

Even though Brett Favre tanked it in the last five games of the season last year, he was still a proven quarterback, something the Jets currently lack. And with the loss of veteran Laveranues Coles, the passing game could be poor to non-existent. 

The reason Thomas Jones was able to run free last season was partially due to an improved offensive line but also to the respect defenses had to give to Favre, Coles, Cotchery, and Keller. 

With half of those names gone, the Jets need to either pick up a quarterback or a wide receiver. And with Cutler aggravated at his current team, now's the time to make an offer to the Broncos.

I don't care what it takes—a first rounder; a first and second rounder; a first, second, and fourth rounder—I want Jay Cutler. 

Cutler was a Pro Bowler last year and threw for over 4,500 yards (a Broncos single-season record) with 25 touchdowns. With a great defense, which is what the Jets are looking to put into place, a solid quarterback could make the team a contender even without another option at wide receiver.

He might be difficult to acquire and they might have to reach, but the Jets need to make an offer the Broncos can't refuse before the situation is mended. If they have to give up a pick that could've been used on a wideout or another position, I think the Jets are deep enough right now to survive that sacrifice.

With their position in the draft and the free agent quarterbacks that are available, New York isn't going to be able to acquire any other player of Cutler's caliber to lead its offense. 

This is an opportunity the Jets need to at least take a shot at.


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