Who will replace Cutler in Denver?


Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

We know the Denver Broncos are going to trade quarterback Jay Cutler. The question Broncos fans need to ask themselves is who is going to replace Cutler?

It has to be somebody. It can't be new backup quarterback Chris Simms, can it?

I wouldn't think so. The following is a list of potential replacements for Cutler, in alphabetical order:

Jason Campbell: Since the day the Cutler saga started, I have quietly heard that Washington could be involved in a deal to get Cutler, offering Campbell in a package. Campbell may not be the answer, but at least Denver could play with him now as it tries to regroup from the Cutler disaster.

Matt Cassel: He is, after all, the smoking gun in this whole deal. New Broncos coach Josh McDaniels would love him. But would Kansas City give McDaniels a chance to reunite with Cassel? Doubtful.

Jeff Garcia: He is the top veteran free agent available. He is a stopgap option, but Denver may not have another choice for this year.

Matt Leinart: He may be worth pursuing. He is stuck as a backup in Arizona. Leinart (drafted one pick higher than Cutler in 2006) could be a decent option who could fit in well with McDaniels.

Donovan McNabb: There is a belief he could use a change of scenery. This is a long shot, but Denver could do worse than McNabb for the next few years.

Brady Quinn: If Denver trades Cutler to the Browns, it could get Quinn in return. This could be one of the best options. Quinn played under Patriots disciple Charlie Weis at Notre Dame and knows McDaniels' system.

Mark Sanchez: If Denver gets another fairly early pick in a trade for Cutler, it may have to snag the USC quarterback. He would be a nice fit in McDaniels' offense even though it would be starting over with a rookie.

Matthew Stafford: If the Broncos get the No. 1 pick from Detroit, they would have to consider taking the Georgia quarterback even though, as with Sanchez, it would mean starting over.

Vince Young: There is a faction that wants Cutler in Tennessee. But Denver would have to get a lot more than Young (who was taken eight spots higher than Cutler) in a deal.