Profootballtalk.com and ESPN are both reporting that Denver Broncos QB Jay Cutler was oh so close to being traded to the Bucs in a potential 3 way deal with the Pats and Broncos. The trade would have sent Matt Cassell to Denver to reunite with new head coach Josh McDaniels, Cutler to Tampa, and compensation from the Bucs to New England. This was also rumored with the Vikings and Lions in place of the Bucs.
These plans eventually were scrapped and Cassell is now a member of the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a 2nd round pick.
I’ll repeat. A second round pick.
Unlike Sec119RayJay, the main blogger on this site, I was not that enamored with Cassell. I think he was the product of a great supporting case, great coach, and soft schedule. That being said, for a second round pick…I am all for it. There would not be a whole lot of risk attached to it. Even if he was not signed to a long term contract, his huge cap number would have been easily absorbed on a Prove It approach and see how it works out.
If that thought sounds appetizing, then the potential acquisition of Jay Cutler must have been like a bacon wrapped, stuffed Filet Mignon for one of those Somolian kids on commercials. Instantly, i would be for the first time in a long time…excited with the prospects of the Bucs future. Putting Cutler behind this O-Line with Bryant and now Winslow to throw to would have been a great move.
So my question becomes, were we not willing to improve upon the Chiefs offer of a 2nd round pick? I would have given our first round pick without even blinking. I would have given our first PLUS other picks. We could only hope that the player we draft in the 1st round is half the player of Cutler.
Is it because we dont have a 1st round pick this year? Did we give it up in the KWII trade? I know rotoworld was reporting it was a 2nd and 5th but it hasnt been confirmed anywhere else. As anyone else confirmed?
If we find out that for what we gave up to get a TE, we could have swapped the same for a Franchise QB, the fire Domenik chants will certainly be whispered…mostly from this direction.
The silver lining is that Cutler is pissed. He and his agent may try to finagle a trade. Is it possible that this worst off-season in Bucs history can be turned around with one magnificent addition?