Now that the Jay Cutler–Josh McDaniels drama has marinated for a few days, speculation has moved from whether or not the 25-year-old QB will be traded to where he might land if a deal goes down. A number of teams — including the Redskins, Jets, Bears, Browns, Lions and Buccaneers — have been labeled as potential trading partners.
- The Redskins have been rumored to have interest in Cutler, but The Washington Post‘s Jason Reid essentially put the kibosh on that one:
“Just got a text from Vinny Cerrato, Washington’s executive vice president of football operations, who wrote that there’s no truth to an Internet report that the team is actively pursuing a trade for disgruntled Denver quarterback Jay Cutler.”
Reid says that Redskins head coach Jim Zorn is excited about the potential of QB Jason Campbell, who is currently participating in the team’s offseason conditioning program.
- Count former Jets quarterback and CBS Sports analyst Boomer Esiason among those who believe a Cutler trade is inevitable. Esiason told the New York Post that the Jets should do everything possible to acquire Cutler:
“I’m telling you, if I could get this kid, I would go guns a-blazing and try to get him,” Esiason said.
“I know [Jet GM] Mike Tannenbaum, by virtue of the fact that he brought Brett Favre here, I guarantee you he is absolutely all over this, 100 percent.”
“If I’m a Jet fan, I want Jay Cutler. Do I want Kellen Clemens or Jay Cutler? I’ll take Jay Cutler over Kellen Clemens, believe me.”
- David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune expains why Cutler would be a good fit for the Bears, and not just because the team reportedly was the QB’s favorite as a kid:
“The Bears have missed the playoffs two straight years. They are a franchise that never has had a modern-day franchise quarterback. They have a general manager in Jerry Angelo on record this off-season saying he is “fixated,” on fixing the position. They have a defense respected around the league.”
- The Browns already have two starting QBs on their roster (Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson), so the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi says the team should avoid changing course at this stage:
“(The Browns) need to define their quarterback situation, not muck it up more with a whining, insecure flamethrower. Whatever additional RPMs on his fastball Cutler would bring, the overall total package is not going to significantly upgrade the team.”