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3/10/2009

Cutler watch is on

Circle Monday on your calendars, Lions fans. That's the day the Denver Broncos begin their offseason program, a program quarterback Jay Cutler is considering no-showing after a contentious conference call with coach Josh McDaniels, ESPN reported.

If Cutler stays home, it might not be long before he demands a trade. And if he demands a trade, the Lions are one of the few teams that have the ammunition to land him.

I wrote two weeks ago that I didn't think the Lions had a chance to land Cutler because the Broncos would require a quarterback in return. That was before the Broncos signed free-agent Chris Simms - a move that looks more telling by the day (though it doesn't solve their problems entirely) - and before Cutler forced Denver's hand (assuming he does).

If draft picks come into play, the Lions are in better shape pull off a trade than Tampa Bay, the other team reportedly involved in late-to-the-party three-way talks with Cutler and Matt Cassel two weeks ago. They have picks 20, 33 and two in the third round; the Buccaneers have No. 19, but no second-rounder and presumably less-desirable 2010 choices if those enter the mix.

If agents get involved (as they often do), the Lions might have an edge there, too. Cutler's agent is Bus Cook, who also happens to represent Calvin Johnson. Surely, Cook wants the best for clients, and that may mean pairing two of the game's brightest young stars together.

There's a long way to go before a Cutler trade materializes and the Lions surely won't be the only interested suitor. But it's a storyline that bears close watching six weeks before the draft.

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13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i was just coming here to post a link to this story, dave. way to beat me to it. here's the link anyway though:

http://www.kffl.com/fantasy-sports-blog/2009/03/10/broncos-qb-jay-cutler-believes-he-will-be-traded/

the cutler watch is most def on now....

11:42 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow if we get Cutler and still have the #1 pick we can get his blindside protector at #1 Jason Smith or Eugene Monroe

12:00 AM 
Blogger Bret said...

Anon #2 consider this: If you're the Lions and can swing a trade for Cutler, keeping the #1 pick, would you take an OT or Curry? Common sense says OT. Financial cents says Curry. The reasons are that if you land Cutler AND Curry, jersey sales go through the roof, you now have 2 faces for the franchise and no more blacked out games.

The reason I put this spin on it is because walter football.com has Stafford #1 to Detroit because he will put people in the stands.

That said I like your idea a whole lot better.

Dave - Is there any way for you to link an audio of your Huge Show apperance?

12:13 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do it! Do it!

8:31 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how much do you think we would have to give to get Cutler?

8:45 AM 
Anonymous freebird22 said...

Give the Broncos Ernie Sims (the guy the Lions took instead of Cutler) and No. 33 overall.

The Lions then draft Curry or an OT No. 1 overall, then draft whatever position isn't drafted at No. 1.

12:02 PM 
Anonymous Steve said...

Did any of you see the statistical formula that ESPN did yesterday to try to predict if Stafford would be a bust. He came in the "bust" category with a -4.55. Cutler was in the "hit or miss" category with a 2.39. I calculated Drew Stantons and it came in at 29.6665. This puts him in the "strong likelihood of success" category. Maybe we shoul give him a shot, the results of this thing were suprisingly accurate in predicting a QB's success. Check it out at

http://myespn.go.com/blogs/nfcnorth/0-9-44/Finding-context-in-the-Stafford-debate.html

12:03 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if I was Denver I would ship him to Detroit over Tampa just to try to piss him off

12:10 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

using that formula colt brennan would be one of the best in the league.i doubt its accuracy.stanton didnt look good in his limited snaps.

12:29 PM 
Anonymous Steve said...

anon.....idk, Stanton makes all the big throws in Madden as well. Am I sounding convincing yet?? lol.

1:07 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just like i thought, a smith's initial numbers from his PD are NOT good:

http://blogs.nfl.com/2009/03/11/early-signs-for-alabamas-smith-not-promising/

avoid this guy like the plague.

2:52 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gotta say i LOVE that there have been lions coaches at most, if not all, of the pro days thus far. these guys are really doing their research and i think this has a really good chance to be the most successful draft we've had in quite some time.

3:18 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

angelo crowell is visiting the lions today per nfl network.

i got a feeling he'll be our next signing....dunno why.

3:50 PM 

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