Depending on when you think the drama in Denver started (perhaps the better question is, who started it?), it’s unofficially Day 23 of the Jay Cutler-Josh McDaniels feud. The story that won’t go away is still making headlines around the league, including the effect it is (or is not) having on rumored trade bait Brady Quinn, Broncos backup QB Chris Simms, as well as what NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell thinks of the whole mess.
We’ll start with Goodell, who is coming up on the one-year anniversary of the Brett Favre saga, in which he got involved by reinstating Favre, which ultimately forced the Packers to trade the legendary QB to the New York Jets.
Speaking on the eve of the annual owners meetings in Dana Point, Calif., Goodell was brief and to the point in telling the Denver Post that he has no intention of getting involved in the league’s latest QB drama.
Back to the Broncos, who will likely be listening to offers for Cutler at this week’s owners meetings. What kind of compensation it would take for a team to land Cutler is up for debate. Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times expects the Broncos’ asking price to be somewhere in the range of a first- and second-round pick as well as a talented young QB. If that is the case, writes Stroud, then the Buccaneers are likely out of the running in the Cutler sweepstakes:
“Considering the Bucs pick 19th overall and used their second-round pick to get TE Kellen Winslow, Cutler wearing pewter is a long shot.”
Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press thinks a move for Cutler would be the wisest decision the Lions organization has ever made. Sharp suggests a collection of first-rounders over the next couple of years could be enough for the Lions, who possess the first and 20th overall picks in next month’s draft, to make a successful bid for Cutler.
“Should the Lions somehow pull off the unthinkable and land the 25-year-old Pro-Bowl quarterback for a collection of high draft choices over the next two years, general manager Martin Mayhew becomes the most successful Lions chief executive in William Clay Ford Sr.’s 45 years of sole ownership.”
Patrick McManamon of the Beacon Journal takes a long look at the proposed three-way trade that would send Cutler to the Jets, Quinn to the Broncos and a collection of draft picks to the rebuilding Browns. McManamon writes:
“… if a team calls and makes an offer for Quinn, the Browns have to listen. Just like the Broncos had to listen to teams calling about Cutler, even though Cutler got his drawers in a bunch about it.”
In the meantime, The Morning Journal caught up with Quinn at halftime of Saturday night’s Cavaliers-Hawks game at Quicken Loans Arena to get his take on the proposed rumors.
Then there are the Redskins, who continue to appear in trade rumors for Cutler, despite denying any interest in the QB last week. The Washington Examiner, the same paper that started those rumors, references a league source who says the team is still interested.
Last but not least is Simms, who serves to benefit the most from this whole thing, but continues to fly under the radar. At best, Simms, who spoke to the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram about the situation in Denver, ends up the Broncos’ starting QB, or gets a chance to compete for the spot. At worst, he gets some coveted extra practice reps while Cutler stays away from voluntary workouts until the situation is resolved.