Jay Cutler, This Is Just a Business: Herm Edwards States the Obvious

Steven FinchCorrespondent IMarch 17, 2009

As we all know, quarterback Jay Cutler wishes to be traded from the Denver Broncos.

Today on ESPN, Herm Edwards stated that Cutler needs to realize that this is just a business.

Players are traded all the time, and Cutler really hasn't proven to me that he is immune.

Cutler was drafted by the Broncos 11th overall in the 2006 NFL draft.

In three seasons with the team, he has put up good numbers, with 37 starts, 9,024 yards passing, and 54 touchdowns with 37 interceptions.

Not bad at all—that's an average of 3,008 yards passing each year.

Mike Shanahan decided to start Cutler in 2006, stating," He gives us a better chance of winning now."

Well, under Cutler the Broncos are 25-24, with none of those seasons resulting in a playoff berth.

So what leverage does Cutler have with the team?

If I had that kind of production as a quarterback, I would have been either traded or released by now.

Even if the Broncos did trade him away, who would they have left to lead their team?

The team has signed Chris Simms from the Titans this year, but Simms has yet to show anyone that he is a viable option at the position. Simms is also an injury concern.

Patrick Ramsey is still a free agent this year, and I don't know if he is even capable of being a second string quarterback.

Last but not least is Darrell Hackney. Who, you ask? Exactly—he is not a starter.

The best option the Broncos had was to trade for Matt Cassel, but he's already with the Chiefs, and they're not going to give him up anytime soon.

With the 12th pick in this year's draft, the team could pick a rookie if needs be.

The best option they have to pick is Mark Sanchez out of USC or Josh Freeman out of Kansas State.

I'm inclined to guess that the Broncos are not looking forward to teaching a rookie quarterback again just three seasons after doing that with Cutler.

What other options do they have? Trade Cutler to the Lions for their first overall pick and select Matthew Stafford.

I have a hard time believing that the Lions would part ways with their pick, considering their dismal 0-16 season last year. So you could probably cut that idea.

In the end, Cutler needs to realize that no one's job is safe in the NFL. Stop pouting about the possible trade and become a man.

Man up Cutler!


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