Hey, did you hear that Jay Cutler has been upset lately with the way New Broncos Head Coach Josh McDaniels has handled his franchise quarterback?
Oh, you did? Just checking.
Many think the New York Jets, who have jumped in this Jay Cutler pool most recently, have the most to give up in an attempt to land the Pro Bowl quarterback. From those who do think this is the case, where exactly do the Broncos go with the quarterback position?
Sure, they will definitely get a 2009 first-round draft pick, as well as maybe a future first-round pick to spend on a young quarterback. But let's be honest, should the Broncos feel good coming into the 2009 NFL season led by a rookie quarterback?
Many could also say that the Broncos could acquire one of the Jets quarterbacks in a trade. Again, I do not see Erik Ainge, Brett Ratliff, or Kellen Clemens as the quarterback Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen and McDaniels envision for the future of the franchise.
I have also heard the Washington Redskins in this push for Cutler. Again, I do not think Denver would get the best out of a trade, even if that trade does include Quarterback Jason Campbell.
Campbell, although young and still progressing, doesn't seem to be the type of quarterback McDaniels wants in his system. To me, Campbell has always seemed to be a passer that would not fit the style of what the New England Patriots offense has been the past couple of seasons.
With that being said, if the Broncos do in fact trade Cutler in the end, I would think the Cleveland Browns would be the ideal trade partner in this situation. What do they have? They have a young quarterback in Brady Quinn who does have some experience, and probably the most talent of any young quarterback that could become available.
Quinn was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the 22nd-overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. Many draft experts thought he was at least a top-five pick that year, but after the Miami Dolphins selected Wide Receiver Ted Ginn Jr. with the ninth-overall pick, Brady's hope of being a top pick seemed to be crushed.
The Browns traded up with the Dallas Cowboys at 22 to select Quinn and make him their quarterback of the future.
Quinn has played in only four games for the Browns the past two season, passing for 563 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions.
Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini has recently said it would be an open competition between Quinn and Derek Anderson for the starting quarterback job. Obviously, Cleveland feels like Anderson still has a future with the team, despite his injury-plagued 2008 season.
This is the time when the Denver Broncos should make their run at Quinn. Nothing that is put on the table by another NFL team can match what the Browns can right now.
Maybe the Broncos will work out the wrinkles with Cutler and all will be well in Denver. But if Cutler still wants to be on the trade block, Bowlen should look towards a different kind of orange.