Hold off on the
That's a natural thing for the Broncos to say. They can't give Cutler or his agent,
I expect the usual suspects to line up for Cutler -- Detroit, Cleveland, San Francisco, Tennessee and perhaps Carolina, though the Panthers, without a first-round pick in the 2009 draft, will be at a severe disadvantage. But I don't think he'll end up in one of those spots unless Detroit offers the 20th and 33rd picks of the draft, and a player sweetener, straight up for him.
I expect the most fervent suitors to be Tampa Bay and the New York Jets.
The Broncos pick 12th in the first round, right in the wheelhouse for a draft expected to be full of very good first-round prospects because of the influx of so many good juniors; I'm told that this draft could produce as many as 20 junior-eligible players drafted in the first round. Tampa Bay picks 19th in the first round. The Jets pick 17th.
Those teams know that acquiring Cutler, if he's dealt, will require that first-round pick, plus more. I think both teams would pay more. For the record, Tampa Bay has traded its second-round pick in the deal for
The Bucs are veterans in the chase for Cutler, having pursued him the day before free-agency began, dangling their first-round pick plus something in a package for Cutler. They also have an offensive scheme under new coordinator
The Jets proved last year they'll stop at nothing to get what they want. What they wanted last year was
Would Denver be swayed by a package of first- and second-round picks, plus either of the young New York quarterbacks --
But first, you can bet McDaniels will do everything in his power to sit down alone with Cutler sometime in the next couple of weeks. If that happens, he might be able to save the relationship. But I don't think so.
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I don't have a great feeling. I'd feel a lot better if I knew they were formulating a plan to try to get Cutler. The Bears will need to fortify their offensive line with the retirement of
Absolutely, and I know GM
George had the best arm in the league and a me-first attitude, and he didn't fit with a few teams because of it. On the surface, I see where the comparison comes from. But I think it's way too early to call Cutler the second coming of George. Give the guy a chance to blow off the steam and then let's see what we think of Cutler.
The reason we can only guess now is because we don't yet know whether Stallworth was impaired at the time of the accident. If he were, that's the kind of crime that brings a jail sentence. In any case, if there's some guilt found, I would anticipate he wouldn't be around for the Browns this year. But again, we can't say because we don't know whether he'll be charged with anything.
Ever hear of the phrase "a cautionary tale?'' Ever hear of "getting scared straight?''
Devils all the way. I fear I'm going to be at a playoff game in Boston against the Devs and I'll not be able to contain myself, and that'll be the last you ever hear of me.
Have no fear. He is improving, and there will be some news about Paul in next week's Monday Morning Quarterback.
The reasons newspapers are dying has absolutely nothing to do with their political leanings. It has to do with the internet, the economy and financial losses that can't be stemmed. Don't tell me that 24 million conservatives -- all at once in the past year -- decided to cancel their newspaper subscriptions and to stop advertising in the newspapers. It's a silly premise.
Good points, but these things happened overnight. Just as auto workers doing the same thing for 30 years have trouble adapting to a new occupation late in life, so will journalists.
Look: My only point was that Ann Coulter reveled in the fact that journalists, editors, photographers and front-office types at newspapers are losing their jobs in mega-droves because, according to her, they work for liberal rags and the country is waking up to smite them. It is ridiculous and ignores the facts of the free-falling economy and the internet making newsgathering free. How can a thinking person dispute that?