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Cutler To Lions: We’ll Live.

March 14, 2009
Jay Cutler

Jay Cutler

As the story goes, Jay Cutler has said he will attend the Denver Broncos team meeting monday but that does not mean he will not be traded. Especially if he does not follow through on that and/or he pushes even harder to be traded. I have been thinking a lot about this, and trading Cutler to the Lions would not be a bad trade.

Let me elucidate why though. Cutler is a young, Pro Bowl QB. That makes his cost about the exact same as the 1st overall pick in the draft. His young age, makes him even more valuable more to the extent of a 1st overall pick and a late 1st round pick. Guess what, the Lions have both of those. 

Why would we not at least entertain those ideas?If they were to in fact offer up the 1st overall pick and the 21st overall pick in the draft, we need to accept that offer quickly and without another thought. Yes, I just suggested that we should trade him without another thought to the Lions. Let me explain why, first off Cutler has destroyed his reputation. Fans are not as crazy about him as they used to be.

There is something about a Quarterbacks reputation that will influence his standing with the fans and the front office. Their play can be completely forgotten if people don’t think they are a fit team leader. That is why it only makes sense that Cutler has lost a lot of my esteem, the front office’s, and most fans. He has lost a sufficient amount that we wouldn’t mind him leaving the team.

Take Brett Favre for example. Both him and Cutler had the same agent, Bus Cook, and the same situation. Brett Favre whined enough that he had most fans turned against him. Now think about this for a moment: This is Brett Favre, the most treasured player in Packers history and he had fans wanting him leaving. If Packers fans can turn against Brett Favre, Broncos fans can turn against Jay Cutler easily. 

Also think about this: We would have the 1st, 12th, and 21st overall picks in the NFL Draft. That would allow us to get players such as Aaron Curry, B.J Raji and possibly Tyson Jackson in that order. Put them with D.J Williams, Brian Dawkins, and Champ Bailey and we have gone from one of the worst defenses in history to one of the top 10.

Aaron Curry Would Be a Potential First Overall Pick If We Traded For The Lions First Pick

Aaron Curry Would Be a Potential First Overall Pick If We Traded w/ The Lions

Then spend a second round draft pick on either Josh Freeman or Rhett Bomar and you have a guy who we might eventually train and work into the system. Let’s face it, Josh McDaniels is a system over talent kind of coach. So according to his logic, we can put Chris Simms in the system and have a similar impact to what Matt Cassel would have had.

And when you think about it, how bad could Chris Simms be with the second best Offensive Line in the league, the best young offensive minded coach in the NFL, and the top Wide Receiver core in the AFC? Simms might have the ability to throw for 20 Touchdowns with that kind of help. 

Or if we don’t want to squander our second round pick on a QB we can wait until next year and get Sam Bradford. Maybe we trade our second and third round picks this year and a second for next year for Marc Bulger or Matt Hasselbeck. I wouldn’t have a problem with that and you shouldn’t either. This may be one of the best possible deals I could think of.

Some arguments against this might be that Jay Cutler could succeed in Detroit and become a star. Then how would we look? I can’t help but laugh at this. I surmise that Peyton Manning couldn’t turn the Lions around at this point even with Calvin Johnson. This is the Lions  folks. Let’s not forget who we are dealing with here.

I have lost a lot of respect for him and I wouldn’t mind throwing him into the death spiral we call being a Detroit Lion. There is no chance that he would be able to achieve what he could have as a Bronco. At absolute best, he might become an average NFL QB like Jake Delhomme or David Garrard but that is still doubtful. 

The Broncos are at an interval where if they could work out a good trade like this one, we might not suffer the consequences. While some might say we might not have this kind of first-rate trade it could occur. If we do want something similar to this to happen, we need to act now because as the off-season winds on this trade or one like it will be less likely.

We are all Jay Cutler fans here, but if we have to choose between him or the Broncos I hope we all choose the Broncos. I really do. If we do trade him, let’s hope Brian Xanders knows exactly what he is doing so we can have a trade as acceptable as this take place. I have said this a million times and will say it once more: This is the most pivotal off-season in Denver Broncos history and if we are going to trade Cutler it needs to be good or else we are cursing ourselves to a grim future ahead.

  1. Jon Krause permalink
    March 14, 2009 4:41 PM

    oh come on! the fans LOVED brett! u know why many people would have killed to keep him in green bay you have you facts wrong, PLUS we LOVE U JAY! the denver bronco fans love Jay! and we don’t want anybody else!

    • March 14, 2009 4:45 PM

      Jon, yes most fans did love Brett and wanted to keep him. But a good amount of them also turned on him because he didn’t respect the franchise anymore. I love Jay too and would not mind keeping him but at the same time every single player has his price and if the Lions offer up a respectable award, I would accept in a heartbeat.

  2. Josh Vitale permalink
    March 15, 2009 5:18 AM

    Forget the Lions. Lets ship him off to Cleveland. The Broncos can not afford three first round picks. The would be over the cap, which would not be bad. I’ve seen this potential trade rumor surface a few times, and I like it so much better: Jay Cutler and a third round pick for Brady Quinn, Shaun Rogers, and a fourth round pick. Thats about 10 times better than 2 unaffordable first rounders, dont you think?

    • March 15, 2009 7:48 AM

      hmm… maybe. But the only reason I say this is that I am a Notre Dame fan and would love to see Brady Quinn in orange and blue. I would like to see the stakes raise a bit higher to a 2nd or 3rd round pick but with Shaun Rogers I would not mind it at all.

  3. March 24, 2009 6:06 AM

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