|ESPN.com: NFC North||[Print without images]|
After reading the Black and Blue post below, make sure you check out the AFC West blog of our colleague Bill Williamson. (Thanks to Alex of Minneapolis for the suggestion for top-to-bottom readers.)
According to Williamson, the four most serious teams in the Jay Cutler sweepstakes are Washington, Tampa Bay, Tennessee and -- yes -- the Black and Blue's own Chicago Bears. The Redskins are getting most of the public attention right now because they could include quarterback Jason Campbell and possibly cornerback Carlos Rogers in the deal, but the Bears do have a better complement of draft picks to offer if it comes to that.
Also, as we discussed Wednesday, the Bears could send Kyle Orton to the Broncos as at least a short-term solution. Campbell has probably performed better than Orton during their short careers, but not by a dramatic margin. (Campbell's career passer rating is 80.1. Orton's is 71.1.)
So I think it's fair to say the Bears are seriously considering this opportunity. Will they ultimately pull off the deal? If they do, they'll have to overcome the most aggressive owner in the NFL. Washington's Dan Snyder doesn't usually get outbid when he wants to make a deal.