Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
If Dan Snyder's unable to pull off a trade for Jay Cutler, then the Redskins will be where the Broncos were at the outset of free agency. Washington would enter the season with a franchise quarterback who has absolutely zero job security and an utter lack of trust in his employer.
Jason Campbell was already heading into the final year of his contract, but at least there was hope of playing himself into a lucrative extension. Now, the Redskins are reportedly trying to shop him for a second-round pick -- and not having much success. When the Washington Post report hit the Internet last night, Snyder lost the element of surprise. Now, his quarterback is being bombarded with questions about his future.
Campbell's already handling his situation much better than Cutler handled his, but it still won't make for a pleasant '09 season if he remains in Washington. That's why Snyder truly needs to close the deal for Cutler. It's fair to call the Redskins the frontrunner in this competition because they have so much experience coveting other teams' players. They are in organization constantly in search of a trophy wife -- and it's obvious that Campbell will eventually be the Ex.
I may be in the minority, but I still think Campbell can be a Pro Bowl quarterback. But the Redskins are the ultimate "grass is always greener" team -- and Cutler's standing on the other side of the fence with those 4,500 yards and 23 touchdowns from last season. The Redskins have invested a lot of time in Campbell since drafting him in the first round in 2005, but Cutler's cannon arm and mobility serve as a huge temptation. Something tells me it wouldn't take long for the Redskins to have buyer's remorse.
They'd be replacing a stand-up guy with someone who said this to FOX's Jay Glazer at a (where else?) UFC event last night:
"I was surprised they decided to trade me this soon," Cutler told Glazer. "I didn't want to get traded. This wasn't me. [The Broncos] had been going back and forth saying things, wanting me to be their quarterback and then they didn't. I really didn't want this. I love Denver. I really like my teammates. I didn't want it to get this far."
If there are any developments, we'll meet back here to talk about it.
I think the Redskins need a team like Cleveland to get involved to make this happen. Don't be surprised if Brady Quinn ends up in Denver. In the end, I think the Redskins will have to accept a third-round pick for Campbell. They won't like it, but they're the ones who decided to go down this road.