Oh Thank God This Is Over
April 03, 2009 at 09:43am by Scott • 6 Comments »
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.