Let the Cutler sweepstakes begin

The Denver Broncos have officially announced their intentions to trade quarterback Jay Cutler. (Doug Pensinger / Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos have officially announced their intentions to trade quarterback Jay Cutler. (Doug Pensinger / Getty Images)

It’s no April Fools Day joke. Now that the Broncos have announced their intentions to trade Jay Cutler, the disgruntled quarterback is available to the highest bidder. And despite Cutler’s standoffish approach to his current team, newspaper columnists around the country have made their opinions abundantly clear: Bring Cutler to (fill in team name here).

If Cutler hasn’t exactly covered himself in either glory or maturity during this slap-fight squabble with new Broncos coach Josh McDaniels, he is still a quarterback with three intangibles that are priceless in the NFL: talent, youth and experience.

A move as bold as acquiring Cutler potentially could alter the legacy of a general manager maligned for his inability to judge offensive talent and fix the quarterback position. Getting Cutler, a Pro Bowl quarterback at 25, would fix it.

  • Roy Cummings of The Tampa Tribune says the Buccaneers haven’t hidden their interest in Cutler, noting that they were a part of the original proposed three-team swap that started this mess and were the second team (behind Detroit) to try to work a deal for him when word first got out last month that the Broncos would consider a trade. But despite their interest, Cummings suggests the Bucs might be missing two key elements to make this work: 1) the pieces to offer in a trade, and 2) the overall desire to acquire Cutler, with so many other positions of need under coach Raheem Morris‘ new regime.

One has to wonder, though, if the Bucs have the ammunition to work such a deal. They have the 19th pick in the first round of the draft, which they will almost certainly have to surrender to someone in this deal.

Without a second-round pick, though, the Bucs may fall short of matching the package of players and picks teams such as Detroit, Washington or Chicago could offer the Broncos for Cutler.

  • Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press makes no bones about it. The Lions have no excuse not to go after Cutler.

This is a no-brainer, and I don’t use that term in the way we normally associate with the Lions.

Jay Cutler is exactly the kind of idea that the 49ers should be mesmerized by — if you can make sense of his career in Denver, which clearly has two distinct and opposite poles.

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