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3/22/2009

History says Cutler trade could happen this week

If the Lions are going to trade for Jay Cutler, there's a good chance it'll happen this week.

The NFL's annual meetings run today through Wednesday in Dana Point, Calif., and most of the league's important decision-makers will be in attendance. Lions general manager Martin Mayhew and team president Tom Lewand are there, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is expected as well, and no one would be surprised if Cutler's agent Bus Cook had urgent business matters to tend to on the west coast.

The Lions are one of a reported 10 teams that have contacted the Broncos about acquiring Cutler, a Pro Bowl quarterback whose incessant whining has made him persona non grata in Denver. Neither Mayhew nor head coach Jim Schwartz would acknowledge any interest in Cutler last week, but the Lions' most glaring need is at quarterback and chances don't come around every day to acquire a 25-year-old proven commodity.

“Nothing planned out there,” Mayhew said in a conference call when asked about his agenda for the meetings. “I'll just go and see where we are. CBA wise, that's important, obviously. Get an update on that. Hopefully meet the new union chief. But nothing planned, nothing major planned right now.”

ESPN reaffirmed Sunday morning that the Broncos would need a starting quarterback, a first-round pick and “maybe something else” to get any deal done. That limits the number of realistic suitors, but the Lions have enough draft-pick ammunition to be in the mix. (As a side note, I'm still not convinced Cutler's going anywhere, and if he does, Cleveland with Brady Quinn, Derek Anderson and possibly a renegotiated Shaun Rogers is the favorite. The Lions probably would need to involve a third team.)

Two years ago, Detroit talked trade with Kansas City for quarterback Trent Green at the league meetings. The same year, Philadelphia worked out a deal with Buffalo for linebacker Takeo Spikes. If the Broncos are serious about moving Cutler, history tells us something could happen soon.

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12 Comments:

Anonymous Bobbymack said...

I don't think Detroit is going to be able to pull off anything with Denver...The only way is to involve another team and it has to be incentive for that other team to be involved in the trade and if that is willing to involve themselves why wouldn't they want cutler???

So I'm really thinking Detroit is out of the running now that teams like Washinton, Philly, Ceveland has been metioned

2:01 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Broncos owner will be at the owners meetings, so will Mayhew and Lewand ... but as written one wonders is William Clay Ford Sr. is in attendance?

2:02 PM 
Anonymous Bobbymack said...

William Clay Ford hasn't been to any meeting in two decades, I think Ford Jr. usually attends the meetings but he's too busy with other things(Ford Motor Co.) but I think it's just Mayhew and Lewand

2:05 PM 
Anonymous Marty said...

Dave,

I can only hope that they are unable to land Cutler. I have a very bad feeling about that guy. I just get the feeling that he was a one year wonder, and looking at his stats, they don't look all that great. Watching him play, he looks very inconsistent as well. I would prefer to take a shot on Stafford or Sanchez than trade for Cutler. I also hope the Lions aren't dumb enough to take a flyer on Freeman in the second. We don't need any more wasted 2nd round picks, and Freeman will do nothing in the NFL (he is this years Drunkenmiller; great physical ability - poor football player.)

-Marty

2:40 PM 
Anonymous Mike said...

You seem to be forgetting that Cutler is 25 years old, Marty. The popular belief is that he's only going to be getting better.

1 year wonders are usually guys in their prime that find the perfect fit, kind of like our two year wonder in Jon Kitna and Martz's offense.

And even without improving he'd already be our best QB since Bobby Layne.

7:45 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cutler is what you hope your 1st round QB ends up being. I think we should absolutely make a run for him any way we can*. If we fail to land Cutler, however, I think we use our current QBs and draft an Oline this year and look at QB next year.

*any way we can does not include all out draft picks. I think 1 first and maybe some later picks is the top. Cutler is good, but he is not worth 2 1st round picks when we have so many other needs.

7:53 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

per KFFL:

Lions | To take J. Smith with first pick?
Sun, 22 Mar 2009 18:38:30 -0700

KFFL has learned the Detroit Lions will take Baylor OT Jason Smith with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.

No sources, just speculation.
I like the quote I read from Jason in USA TODAY, around combine time:
"When I'm on the field, I take a lot of pride in physically assaulting somebody," he said.

11:54 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the more i think about it, the more i'm convinced that our first pick will either be stafford or smith. unless stafford blows the private workout at the end of the month, i'm ok with either pick.

martin has already shown he knows how to wheel and deal so i have no doubt that he'll nab the players that'll help us the most either by trading up or down in the draft.

i've never been this excited and optimistic for a lions draft, and i can def tell that most of you haven't been either.

12:32 AM 
Anonymous Steve said...

I am not against drafting Stafford with the #1 pick. He wouldn't be my first choice but I would at least understand it. My only thing is that we cannot afford to spend two of our first 5 picks on offense and if we take stafford we would probably need a LT as well.

9:47 AM 
Blogger Dave Birkett said...

Steve raises an interesting point. Not that you want to be one-dimensional, but the best teams in the NFL have one superstar unit or phase of their team. The Ravens defense, Pittsburgh's defense, Indy and New England star on offense, and quarterback in particular. The Lions obviously have CJ, who might be the best receiver in the game, but he is a receiver. Do you go Stafford and try to build around that combo? And then do you go offensive line to make sure your investments are protected and can reach their potential?

The Lions have so many holes to fill this draft isn't going to fill them all. Mayhew, Schwartz and Lewand have all kind of talked about getting bigger and younger and building a rock-solid defense (remember that first press conference when they referenced Pitt, Baltimore and Chicago repeatedly?). I don't care the plan because you can win in the NFL any way. That's been proven. Just whatever it is, stick to it. Millen got in trouble because he was all over the board (and couldn't identify talent). For Mayhew, this year charts the course for the future.

10:34 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lions have scheduled a visit with sanchez:

http://ind.scout.com/a.z?s=113&p=2&c=849732

april 16-17

interesting that it's a week before the draft....

2:45 PM 
Blogger Dave Birkett said...

Made a few calls. Nothing to confirm on the Sanchez end yet. But you're right, the timing of that visit is interesting. To me it suggests the Lions aren't seriously considering him at No. 1 despite some other reports. I fully expect them to hone in on who they want here in the next two or three weeks. We may not know it until negotiations seriously heat up, but I can't imagine they'd draft a QB No. 1 without working more than a week to thoroughly digest him (and that says nothing about a private workout).

Sounds like Sanchez is more a possibility at 20, though I doubt he slides that far.

3:47 PM 

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