OK. It's no surprise whatsoever. The Washington Redskins are putting a full-court press on Denver to land soon-to-be ex-Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler. After owner Daniel Snyder got the biggest prize in free agency in defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, he's looking to reel in an even bigger catch--a franchise quarterback.
That is what the Washington Post reports tonight. The Post also names Tampa Bay and the New York Jets as teams in hot pursuit. It's believed to be frenzied in Denver right now where the Broncos are getting unbelievable interest in the quarterback.
So, let's pose the question--what would the Bears have to offer to beat a slew of teams knocking on Denver's door for the Pro Bowl quarterback? ESPN.com did just that earlier today, polling some of the writers on what it would take for various clubs to get in the mix. Here is what Kevin Seifert wrote:
"Chicago Bears: The No. 18 and No. 84 overall picks, cornerback Nathan Vasher and quarterback Kyle Orton. The Bears could get this done without including a third team."
I think general manager Jerry Angelo would make that deal in a second without blinking. It might take more. Or a different package. The Broncos might not have interest in Orton and could view him as being only more experienced than a passer they already have under contract in Chris Simms. If Denver would take Orton, it would surely talk him down. While the Bears would love to deal Vasher in a situation like this, would the Broncos want him? He's making big money and hasn't played well since before his extension. Denver needs the most help in its front seven as it works to revamp its defense. A young tackle like Marcus Harrison or a proven linebacker like Lance Briggs or Brian Urlacher would be more attractive. Remember, the Bears are going to have to think big and in a different and more creative way than the Mike Ditka approach of trading every draft pick for him.
A first-round pick and Briggs? Two firsts and Harrison? A first, Harrison, Orton and a third-round pick?
Draw it up any way you like. Just know they're doing the exact same thing in a lot of other cities right now. We could do this all over again too. The Post reports the Redskins could be looking to move their quarterback Jason Campbell.