Trading for Jay Cutler: Is He Worth It?


Published: March 26, 2009


... and simple: If you can acquire a franchise quarterback, you do it.

The franchise quarterback is the most elusive of NFL commodities. Few teams have one, and those who do never, ever, let them go.

Apparently, the Denver Broncos didn't receive the memo.

After years of looking for the replacement for John Elway, the Broncos drafted Jay Cutler, and it seemed (at least last year) that head coach Mike Shanahan and quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates had developed the former Vanderbilt Commodore into a worthy successor.


Well, exit Shanahan and Bates, and enter Josh McDaniels.

Suddenly, the one-year wonder (he'll be as much until he proves otherwise) Matt Cassel is more valuable to the Broncos than Cutler? The kind of sense, if any, that that makes is far beyond me.

We all know how the rest of this story goes. Bill Belichick, in a complete "wink, wink, nod, nod" fashion, traded Cassel and Mike Vrabel to Kansas...

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