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Oh Thank God This Is Over

April 03, 2009 at 09:43am by Scott   •  6 Comments »

Jay Cutler: The NFL's only goth.
When I was getting texted about the Jay Cutler trade last night, I was working up in my head how I was going to skewer Pat Bowlen for letting his quarterback complain his way out of town and how Bowlen’s wife might as well consider herself a lesbian now.

But holy shit, did you see the package he got for Cutler? In exchange for Cutler and their own 2009 fifth rounder, Denver received Chicago’s 2009 first rounder (#18 overall) and third rounders (#84 overall), their 2010 first rounder and Kyle Orton. That’s a haul. Plus keep in mind that Denver gave St. Louis a third rounder in 2006 to move up four spaces to get Cutler in the first place. How many draft picks is this one diabetic worth?

There’s a lot of speculation now about what Denver will do about their quarterback position. Not many people consider Orton or Chris Simms as true starting-caliber quarterbacks, so the popular theory is that Denver will package together their two first rounders to get Mark Sanchez (Southern Cal) because he won’t make it to #12. And after seeing a lot of Sanchez’s pro day, I have to admit I’m liking him more than I did a month ago. Matthew Stafford (Georgia) should have gotten some advice from Sanchez on how to conduct a pro day before he had his. After Sanchez completed his script, he actually took requests for throws from observing NFL coaches who wanted to see him throw under duress (into the wind, rolling in different directions, etc.) Sanchez made every single throw.

The only reason this affects the Buccaneers is that there is one more quarterback-needy team that has a pick before the Bucs now, so if anyone out there was hoping for Sanchez, forget it. His value just shot up because of this Cutler thing and even a team that doesn’t need a quarterback could leverage their slot to scare someone like Denver or San Francisco into trading up to get him, maybe even as high as #2. That would put a premium on Josh Freeman (Kansas State) who is the only other quarterback to get a first round grade (which wouldn’t be the case in any other year) and very likely put Freeman out of reach for the Bucs as well. That would be great news because then all this bullshit talk about drafting a first round quarterback could end and we could concentrate on getting the defensive lineman we so desperately need.

6 Comments to “Oh Thank God This Is Over”

Mark S

Mark S (April 03, 2009 at 10:09am:

That was quick on Cutler. I thought there would more drama.
Like you, I hope that now we can focus on the DL.

Ryvers

Ryvers (April 03, 2009 at 10:27am:

Glad it’s over. If McCown is a serviceable starter, we’ll be glad we passed- especially with good drafts this year and next. On the other hand, if McCown crashes and burns, hindsight will make the deal not such a clear pass…

Mark S

Mark S (April 03, 2009 at 10:41am:

Chicago may be a graveyard for Cutler’s talent. In my mind that would be just desserts.

Mark S

Mark S (April 03, 2009 at 01:20pm:

Have been sampling mock drafts and the news does not look so good for us who want a DL pick in the first round. After Stafford and Sanchez none of the mock drafts I saw have a QB being picked except for Tampa. Even worse, Freeman is not on any list I have seen of the top 25 prospects. So, not only is picking a QB this year strategically unsound but if we pick Freeman we are reaching.

Mark S

Mark S (April 03, 2009 at 01:31pm:

Here is a quote from Raheem Morris that brings a smile. “We’ve got obvious needs,” Morris said. “We want some defensive tackles. We addressed a lot of our needs, obviously, in (free agency) on offense. We feel good about some of those positions. But in the draft, you’re thinking D-tackles, you want to add corners, you want to add some players at those positions.” As seen on the St. Pete Times Buc’s Beat Blog, reported by Stephen Holder.

mr.smith

mr.smith (April 03, 2009 at 01:39pm:

Please let the team’s new regime just focus on the DL early in the draft. Everything points to this being a wise choice, but then again wisdom rarely wins in the NFL.

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