He’ll Be Pouting In A Different Uniform This Year
April 01, 2009 at 10:43am by Scott • 7 Comments »
Christ, this again? Anytime you think that the Buccaneers are in bad shape because of the regime change, just take a look at Denver and feel better instantly. The first thing their new doughfaced coach does is try to trade the franchise quarterback — the one stable piece of that team. And then when the trade doesn’t go through and said quarterback is pissed, Josh McDaniels didn’t force Jay Cutler‘s hand by telling him to play ball or stay home. He pussyfooted around the whole situation, letting Cutler’s sulking and trade demands become national news. And now, when the team needed for its owner to be the balls of the franchise and force both men into a room to work this shit out, he caves.
Broncos owner Pat Bowlen released a statement saying both he and McDaniels had been unable to get Cutler to call them back over the last 10 days. Bowlen said he spoke with Cutler’s agent, Bus Cook, on Tuesday and came away convinced “that Jay no longer has any desire to play for the Denver Broncos.”
Therefore, Bowlen said, “We will begin discussions with other teams in an effort to accommodate his request to be traded.”
And with those words, Pat Bowlen grew a vagina.
This concerns us because the talk will immediately start back up about the Buccaneers being one of the potential landing places for Cutler. It’s already started on TBO where Roy Cummings tells us in the headline to expect the Bucs to be involved, but then hedges his bet at the end and says it will be hard to do.
The Bucs are sure to look at all the possibilities this news creates in the coming days, and it’s likely they’ll make another play for Cutler. Their chances of getting him this time, though, seem slimmer than before.
The only reason it was even possible before was because no one else knew Cutler was on the block and the Bucs still had a second round pick to work with. Neither of those things are true now and there are teams with more desperate needs at quarterback who have more capital to work with.
Yahoo! Sports is citing a “league source” that says that the Glazers are the ones who are pushing to get Cutler.
The source said ownership is fixated on the fact that quarterback has developed into a long-term problem for the franchise, particularly after the juggling of former coach Jon Gruden. Knowing that the pursuit is backed by ownership should make the Buccaneers a formidable team to bid against.
But that doesn’t change the fact that they don’t have the picks or quarterback to get him. A three-way trade is possible with a team like Cleveland who has two quarterbacks, but what to do the Bucs have that Cleveland wants for one of them? Denver isn’t giving up Cutler for less than a first rounder plus a starter or an equivalent pick. Is Cleveland going to deal Derek Anderson for a third round pick? Would the Bucs’ first rounder plus Anderson even be enough to get Cutler with Detroit and Philadelphia both having two first rounders this year? It just can’t happen unless the Bucs are willing to deal a superstar — Antonio Bryant, Gaines Adams, Barrett Ruud… one of those guys would get Denver’s attention. And I would completely lose my shit if it even became legitimate speculation.
I can’t even deal with this anymore right now. I need to calm down. Here’s something to help you do the same. Maybe there’s even a surprise underneath it.