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Why I don't think Cutler and the Lions are a match

For the Lions to land Jay Cutler, it's going to take a lot of draft picks. And that's why I don't think it's going to happen.

The Lions don't have the players to entice Denver to deal its franchise quarterback, even though the Broncos have backed themselves into a must-trade corner. They'll have to part with some combination of draft picks to get it done. One of their two first-rounders for sure (if Martin Mayhew can get rid of No. 1, more power to him), plus more early-round compensation and maybe a pick for next year. If Denver wants a quarterback in return, someone like Cleveland's Brady Quinn for instance, the Lions would have to send at least one of those picks another team's way.

They have eight picks overall, including three of the first 33 and five of the first 82, but spending several high choices on Cutler (plus giving him a restructured contract similar to what the No. 1 pick would make) doesn't jive with how the Lions want to build their team.

“We've said all along that we want to build this team through the draft,” Lions president Tom Lewand said Wednesday during a media event to promote the Final Four at Ford Field. “I think a lot of teams say that. The teams who are disciplined about that approach actually do it. So we have to be cognizant of that goal and that philosophy and have the discipline to stick to that. That doesn't mean you don't make trades, but it means you do so with the recognition that you're giving away the opportunity to add to your core through the draft and the recognition that that's the most important way to construct a foundation of a team.”

The Lions already are operating without fourth- and fifth-round picks this year, having included a fifth-rounder in the Julian Peterson trade last month. Asked how not having those picks might hamstring the Lions trade wise, Lewand said he wouldn't venture a guess.

“That's a purely hypothetical and theoretical question," he said.

He also declined comment on Georgia quarterback Matt Stafford's private workout Tuesday. When asked specifically about Cutler, he cited anti-tampering rules in dodging the question.

“It still falls under the purview of somebody who's under contract with another club that I can't comment on,” he said. “I would say, consistent with everything that Jim Schwartz has said and Martin has said, we'll look at every opportunity to improve our football team and do it in a way that's consistent with our philosophy and that allows us to do things in way that's going to maximize the potential to build this team in a way that is sound and that is consistent with the plan that we've set out.”

A couple more notes from Wednesday:

• Lewand said talks with the representatives for potential No. 1 overall picks are ongoing. “I wouldn't term them in-depth negotiations at this point,” he said. “We're having discussions on frameworks of contracts with several different representatives at this point.”

• Asked if he was "close" with Stafford's agent, Tom Condon, Lewand said, “Close? I've never had him over for Thanksgiving dinner.” No word on whether that will change this year.

• On whether the Lions intend to sign Caleb Campbell, the seventh-round pick who had to give up football to return to the Army last year, Lewand said no decision has been made. Campbell, who still has another year of military service to fulfill before he can play football, re-enters the draft pool if he doesn't sign with the Lions before this year's draft. Don't expect the Lions to make a big push to get a contract done.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really hope we stick to the "build through the draft" thinking....though Cutler is good QB, I don't think it's worth it to put the franchise in even more of a bad situation by giving away our draft picks....if DC or any other QB on our current roster doesn't pan out (assuming we don't take Stafford) there are PLENTY of QBs to take next the lines and the secondary.....

1:55 PM 
Anonymous Vandee said...

I second that comment from above. Cutler is good, but Detroit is bad....we need our draft picks to build the o-line and every position on the D.

2:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

way to avoid the question and give us the answer in the same breath, lewand.

'are you close with condon?'

'close? never had him over for turkey day.'

sounds like stafford will be the pick if a better offer doesn't come along.

if the lions can get jay w/o breaking the bank [slim to none chance that could happen], i'd be fine with the trade.

dave, where's tom?

2:16 PM 
Anonymous Steve said...

I really think that they should try to sign Caleb Campbell. It isn't going to take much and he was a really good safety in college. I would like to see what he has

2:53 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Caleb Campbell was a great story, but I highly doubt they'll be interested. I think this new "braintrust" wants to separate itself as much as possible from the drafts of the past.

5:04 PM 
Anonymous John S. said...

Building through the draft as an excuse not to trade for Cutler is short-sighted at best! We have almost the same personnel staff in place that has drafted the current roster and suddenly, since Millen is gone they turn into premier talent evaluators? Trading for Culter is EXACTLY what we need to be doing..getting rid of draft picks that will be wasted anyway for a known Pro-Bowler. While Cutler alone wont fix this team a franchise QB moves us at least three steps closer to building a winner. If it costs us 3-4 picks to get him it is still worth it considering our previous record of draftees that make the team for more than 2 years.

5:48 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...


they said from the get-go that they have a plan and they're NOT, for the most part, gonna deviate from that.

people can piss and moan about it all they want, the bottom line is they aren't running shit.

7:05 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Build through the draft? Yeah, that's working - HaHa

10:33 AM 

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