Should the Washington Redskins Pursue Jay Cutler?

Brad SmithContributor IMarch 26, 2009

HONOLULU, HI - FEBRUARY 08: Quarterback Jay Cutler #6 of the AFC All-Stars Denver Broncos throws a pass against the NFC All-Stars in the 2009 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on February 8, 2009 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The NFC defeated the AFC 30-21. (Photo by Paul Spinelli/Getty Images)

Both the Washington Redskins head coach, Jim Zorn, and executive vice president of football operations, Vinny Cerrato, have stated publicly that they are not pursuing Jay Cutler.  While this may be true, if we have learned anything from the Cutler drama, it's not to alienate your starter while searching for a replacement.

The question is not IF the Redskins are pursuing Cuter, but rather should they be?  It is still unclear whether or not Jason Campbell has what it takes to be the long term solution in Washington, but he does currently still have some trade value as a starting quarterback in this league. 

With his contract expiring in 2009, the question must be asked, if both Jay Cutler and Jason Campbell were on the free agent market, who would you choose?

So the question remains, why would Washington choose a wait and see attitude until the end of the 2009 season?

Below are four reasons why they could be waiting until next season to make a long term quarterback decision:

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  • Do they believe Campbell or Colt Brennan will be a better long term solution than Cutler?
  • Do they believe Cutler is a risk, either on or off the field?
  • Is the price too high to pay to trade for Cutler?
  • Do they think there may be a better alternative on the free agent market next season?

If the answer is no to these four questions, the solution seems to be a simple one, acquire Jay Cutler!  It's been a long time since Washington has had a franchise quarterback and this is one of the most intriguing options, given that Cutler is just coming into his prime.

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