The Cost of Cutler

What would it take to get Jay Cutler in purple?  Sean Salisbury‘s special friend John Clayton thinks the price (link to podcast) would be at least a 1st, 2nd and 3rd round pick.  And no, John did not merely pull that out of his pasty white troll-butt:  He bases it on the last instance of a big-armed QB being traded in his prime.  That was Jeff George getting sent from the Colts to the Falcons back in the early ’90s…another example of a quarterback not being able to get along with his coach - Ted Marchibroda in that case – and having to be shipped away.  Clayton qualifies this projection by mentioning the Broncos‘ need for a serviceable QB to hold the fort until Josh McDaniels can develop someone new, and their likely desire to receive said QB as part of any Cutler trade.  He then mentions six teams as likely destinations, placing the Lions and Browns as front-runners, and the Vikings in the second tier with the Bears, Jets and Buccaneers.

Three draft picks, all 3rd round and higher, would obviously be a lot to give up.  What we don’t know yet of course is how hot the market for Cutler will actually be when and if the Broncos officially start shopping him.  Character questions could make teams reluctant to give up so much, forcing Denver to lower its price.  It all depends on how desperate they really are to get rid of him.  I’m assuming they haven’t given up trying to reconcile.  That would be a lot easier if Cutler would stop acting like such an over-sensitive punk.

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