Honestly, I am not in either panic or doom-and-gloom mode. The time has never been better to get top value for Cutler, and while it is likely that we will have to put off our search for a replacement franchise QB until at least next year, there is always rational room for hope: look at what the Patriot Way did for Matt Casell.
I am, however, in what-if mode. Like, what if we stuck with Simms for a year, got two first-day picks in return, and a serviceable backup or a high first-rounder next year? Or, what if we get a package of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th rounders and then trade up? It would take Matt Millen to fumble that ball. But all that's being talked to death. Let's try a different approach:
I love Fantasy Football. Some of you are purists and hate it; I won't try to convince you. Those of you who DO love playing it, however, try this poll on for size. I'm only using the top five teams currently (4/1/09) on the front-page poll asking where Cutler will end up, plus one or two scenarios of my own. For simplicity's sake, I have left out obvious three-way trades (i.e., Leinart and the Cards). I will leave it up for a week, after which point I will discuss my take on the results and possibly any reality in the situation which has surfaced in the interim. Have fun!
Under which circumstances would you draft Jay Cutler for your Fantasy Football team in 2009?
Detroit Lions: Cutler to Calvin Johnson, oh yeah! (6 votes)
Cleveland Browns: Braylon is playing for pay as well. (1 vote)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Finally, no more excuses about the D (2 votes)
Chicago Bears: In that division? No brainer. (0 votes)
New York Jets: Never underestimate a good O-line (0 votes)
Some other team: comment on preferred reason (0 votes)
Denver Broncos: Think Anquan Boldin from 2008 (4 votes)
None whatsoever: He's broken my heart and/or lost my trust (16 votes)
29 total votes