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!