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Washington working hard to get Cutler
Posted Apr. 01 at 11:11 PM
Move Washington atop the list of teams trying to acquire Jay Cutler. According to the Washington Post, they're moving to complete a trade as quickly as possible. Denver would no doubt like to get a deal done quickly so they can move on.
According to this story, Washington has inquired with one team -- presumably other than the Broncos -- about the possibility of trading Jason Campbell. That could indicate that Denver isn't interested in Campbell, instead planning to replace Cutler with one of the consensus top 3 quarterbacks in the draft: Matthew Stafford, Mark Sanchez, or Josh Freeman. Washington's first round pick is No. 13, which may not be high enough to get Stafford or Sanchez, so maybe Denver hopes to move up even higher with the draft pick ammunition they obtain from Washington.
As noted yesterday, Washington would be a decent landing spot from Cutler's perspective. Their offensive line is fairly strong, albeit on the older side, and they have a legit franchise running back in Clinton Portis. Santana Moss, Chris Cooley and Antwaan Randle El form a respectable receiving corps, plus the team drafted three pass catchers in the second round a year ago (Devin Thomas, Malcolm Kelly and tight end Fred Davis).
It sounds as if a deal to some team (Washington, the Jets and Tampa Bay appear to be the current front runners) will happen sooner rather than later -- possibly as early as Friday. Ironically enough, should Washington be outbid for Cutler, they'll find themselves in the same situation with Campbell as the Broncos have found themselves in with Cutler. (Not that Campbell is nearly as highly regarded as Cutler.) That could lead to Washington using that No. 13 pick on a quarterback, and trading Campbell away.
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