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Thursday, March 19: So, About This Jay Cutler Thing

Posted by Matt Terl on March 19, 2009 – 9:29 am

I got a lot of email yesterday about those rumors of the Redskins making a trade for disgruntled Broncos QB Jay Cutler, and I feel fairly confident that there’s absolutely no fire to the smoke. People can parse Vinny Cerrato’s denial in as much minute detail as they’d like, but everything I’m hearing here is that what he meant is pretty much what he said: Jason Campbell is the quarterback next year, and we’re not trading for Cutler.

It’s also useful to remember that the Redskins fans aren’t the only team in the league where such rumors get going when a big-ticket guy is available. Over at SI.com, Don Banks takes a look at the Cutler coverage around the league:

• The Dallas Morning News shooting down a notion that has taken on a life of its own on Cowboys blogs: Trading Tony Romo for Cutler straight up. No word on whether Jessica Simpson goes too.

• Various outlets pooh-poohing the idea that a Cutler for Donovan McNabb trade makes sense in Philadelphia. It has been correctly noted that the thin-skinned Cutler might just get his feelings roughed up a bit in a town of Philly’s ilk.

• Redskins personnel executive Vinny Cerrato re-affirming that Jason Campbell is the team’s starting quarterback and that Washington has no interest in trading for Cutler.

• The Bears starter Kyle Orton saying he’s unfazed by rumors that Chicago might be interested in trading for Cutler.

• Lions general manager Martin Mayhew refusing to address the issue of whether Detroit will attempt to trade for you-know-who for the second time this offseason.

• Former NFL quarterback and ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer responding to questions from the Minneapolis Star Tribune about whether Cutler would represent an upgrade at the position for the Vikings. His take? Not really.

And that’s less than half of what he comes up with. (Although, really, Trent Dilfer? You really don’t think that a 4,000-yard Pro Bowl quarterback is an upgrade from the Tavaris Jackson/ Sage Rosenfels combo meal? And I loved Sage Rosenfels when he was here, if for no other reason than to listen to my friends chanting “Let Sage out of the cage!” when our other quarterbacks were struggling, but … really?)

So it’s not just here, and it’s not just us.

Those wacky cats over at Hogs Haven created an amusing flowchart poking fun at the Redskins’ perceived strategy of pursuing big name free agents, but we fans tend to be guilty of that kind of thinking as well. Which is how we’ve wound up with an NFL offseason culture where ProFootballTalk can create something like the Anti-T.O. List (of teams who had publicly denied any interest in Owens), and it serves as a valuable resource.

And, even after the time it’s taken me to write all of that, I’m still feeling certain that Jay Cutler will not be a Washington Redskin this year.

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