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Cutler the wild card of 2009 draft

Posted on: March 31, 2009 11:48 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2009 11:55 pm
 

 

 On the day the young quarterback I've often compared to Jay Cutler did his best to earn the first selection of the 2009 draft, Jay Cutler, himself, threw his own hat into the fray.

Denver Bronco team owner Pat Bowlen released a statement to the media today indicating that conversations with Cutler's agent, James "Bus" Cook has left the Broncos' brass with the understanding "that Jay no longer has any desire to play for the Denver Broncos."

Rather than continue to try and appease the angry quarterback, however, Bowlen went on to state, "We will begin discussions with other teams in an effort to accommodate his request to be traded."

Each of the teams rumored to be interested in drafting a quarterback in the first round -- namely the Lions, Rams, Seahawks, Browns, Jaguars, 49ers, Redskins, Jets, Bears, and Bucs -- are thought to be potentially interested. Of this group, St. Louis, Seattle, Jacksonville, Washington and Chicago have all made the playoffs under their current starting quarterback, and thus, while potentially interested in a young passer to groom, won't necessarily be as interested in adding a veteran -- even one as talented as Cutler -- therefore, leaving the Lions, Browns, 49ers, Jets, and Bucs as the most obvious candidates for the Pro Bowl quarterback.

The going rate for a quarterback of Cutler's age and skills would be at least a first round pick; likely with extra compensation to be had based on Cutler or his new team's performance in 2009.

The Bucs, with only one first day pick -- the 19th overall -- would appear to be in the worst position to bargain of these four teams, as each of the others have their 1st and 2nd round picks in which to barter...

 

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Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: April 1, 2009 2:08 am
 

Cutler the wild card of 2009 draft

The going rate for a quarterback of Cutler's age and skills would be at least a first round pick; likely with extra compensation to be had based on Cutler or his new team's performance in 2009.

 

It will take a lot for Denver to get anywhere close to fair value for Cutler, who holds all the cards in this situation.  Teams aren't going to give up first-rounders in return because Denver HAS to trade him at this point.  Bowlen and company allowed the media and public to run rampant questioning Cutler's maturity and integrity, calling him a cry-baby and a malcontent.  If they wanted him to return their calls, they would have been more public about their repsect for the man that they (McDaniels and Bowlen) wholly deceived.

I've written this countless times on the boards tonight, and I repeat:

Bottom line: If you had told Pat Bowlen---right after firing Shanahan and hiring McDaniels---that Jay Cutler would not on the Broncos team in 2009, he would have called for security.

The situation is starting to resemble the one that sent future Hall-of-Famer and team icon Jerome Bettis to the from the before the '96 NFL Draft.  As a Ram, Bettis was ultimately ripped for just about everything he did or didn't do by Rich Brooks---we were told he was lazy and unable to carry the load as a #1 RB.  Of course, the genius Brooks had Lawrence Phillips set in his sights.  Rich would be fired a year after trading Bettis for a second-rounder and a fourth-rounder.  If McDaniels doesn't get the Broncos to an AFC West crown in the next two seasons, he'll be out of a job as well.



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