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Trade with the Broncos, just not for Jay Cutler


Trade with the Broncos, just not for Jay Cutler
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Trading for disgruntled Jay Cutler would be a sucker move for the Browns.

They need to define their quarterback situation, not muck it up more with a whining, insecure flamethrower. Whatever additional RPMs on his fastball Cutler would bring, the overall total package is not going to significantly upgrade the team.

But Denver's need to trade Cutler is beneficial to the Browns for this reason: It creates a new market for Brady Quinn.

Denver can't trade Cutler without getting a replacement in return. Of the two Browns quarterbacks, Quinn has to appeal more to Denver coach Josh McDaniels because of Quinn's exposure to Charlie Weis at Notre Dame. McDaniels adores Weis, Weis adores Quinn. Hence, McDaniels should adore Quinn.

To facilitate a trade, though, a third team must be involved. The most likely candidates are the Jets, Tampa Bay and Detroit.

The Jets have to be champing at the bit to acquire Cutler. He would fit their offense perfectly and amp up the buzz that new fan-friendly coach Rex Ryan has created through some high-profile additions in free agency.

With Cutler at the throttle of coordinator Brian Schottenheimer's vertical-strike offense, the Jets are formidable AFC contenders.

They're ready to win. They have the No. 17 pick in the first round.

Tampa Bay might be able to contend in the NFC with Cutler. But the Bucs already gave up their second-round draft pick for Kellen Winslow. A deal of this magnitude would have to include their No. 1, and they likely wouldn't want to part with it.

Detroit has three high picks - Nos. 1, 20 and 33. Certainly the Lions would be agreeable to dealing either of the latter two in a trade netting them Cutler.

How would a three-way trade improve the Browns?

First, it would unlock the logjam at quarterback and establish the offensive leader once and for all. The Browns say they're happy with bringing both passers back, but league sources insist the team is shopping either quarterback. They say the Browns can't decide which one they really want, so they would just keep the one they can't trade and move forward.

What does it matter, anyway? The decimation of the Browns' receiving corps (goodbye, Winslow, Joe Jurevicius and probably Dont? Stallworth) leaves the offense in ball-control mode for 2009.

Second, a trade of Quinn would - must - net the Browns an additional high-round pick, which would help rebuild the team.

And if that high-round pick happens to come from the Jets, now, wouldn't that make it a sweet deal for coach Eric Mangini?

To reach this Plain Dealer reporter: tgrossi@plaind.com, 216-999-4670



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: March 19, 2009

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