No Cutler? Jets still might be looking for QB help

April, 2, 2009
4/02/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Kellen Clemens and Brett Ratliff can breathe a sigh of relief -- for now.

The New York Jets didn't make a strong enough play for Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler, who went to the Chicago Bears instead.

Clemens and Ratliff won't have to worry about another All-Pro trumping them on the depth chart, but what they do need to be wary of is the possibility their quarterback battle still will become more crowded.

The Jets still have the draft coming up, and they have either interviewed or plan to interview all of the top quarterbacks in this year's class.

If the Jets select a quarterback, especially if they trade up to do so, that will be trouble for Clemens and Ratliff.

Both of them joined the Jets under general manager Mike Tannenbaum and have worked with returning offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, but whoever the Jets draft will be the first selection of new head coach Rex Ryan's tenure.

Furthermore, Ryan has predicted Schottenheimer will be a head coach next year, meaning Ryan expects to have a new coordinator calling the plays in 2010.

Then there's the possibility of bringing in a veteran. Now that Cutler is spoken for, the Jets might be willing to consider other game-worn options. Jeff Garcia, Byron Leftwich and J.P. Losman are among the unemployed former starters.

The Cutler drama is over with the Jets, but the quarterback battle could evolve yet.

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