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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Jets show they are Mile High about Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler

The last time the Jets surrendered a first-round draft pick in a straight-up move for a veteran player was 1998, when they gave the Patriots a first and a third-rounder to sign restricted free agent Curtis Martin. He was 25.

Jay Cutler is the same age and, from all indications, they're willing to pay a similar price for the disgruntled Broncos quarterback - and, perhaps, then some. Just how high they are willing to go remains unclear, but the organization spent Wednesday - Cutler's first full day on the trading block - formulating its strategy.

The Broncos appear to be taking a methodical approach to what could develop into one of the most memorable player auctions in recent league history. Wednesday, they received calls from teams - it's believed the Jets were one of them - but the Broncos didn't set a price, didn't set a deadline and made no mention of wanting a quarterback in return, according to a person with knowledge of the process.

"I'm sure anybody that is serious has gotten in touch with the Broncos by now," the person said. "They're fielding the calls to find out what interest there is....If you're serious about it, you're probably going to be in an auction - and you know how auctions go. Are you in or are you out?"

The Jets want in, but would they be willing to surrender two first-round picks for the strong-armed and strong-willed quarterback? People close to the situation believe the price could get that high. For the Jets, that would be the 17th pick in the upcoming draft and their 2010 first-rounder.

That would be a steep tag for a team that has an aging defensive line and needs another offensive playmaker, but the hierarchy sees this as a rare opportunity to acquire a franchise-caliber quarterback who still hasn't reached his prime.

How rare? You'd have to go back to 1994, when the Falcons paid the Colts a fortune for quarterback Jeff George, only 27 at the time. They traded first- and third-round picks in 1994 and a first-rounder in 1995 for the talented, but enigmatic George, who wound up imploding after only two productive seasons.

Officially, Cutler hit the market Tuesday night, when Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, citing irreconcilable differences, announced Denver's plans to trade Cutler, who is feuding with coach Josh McDaniels.

GM Mike Tannenbaum, who orchestrated last summer's Brett Favre blockbuster, is prepared to engage in a bidding war. After spending more than $200 million the last two offseasons on veteran acquisitions, with no proven quarterback to show for it, Tannenbaum sees this as an unexpected, but welcomed opportunity.

from BY Rich Cimini

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