NFL Nation: Jay Glazer
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're 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."
I'm told there's no truth to the rumor that Glazer taught Cutler a choke hold to use on Josh McDaniels if the two ever meet in a cage match. OK, go about your day in peace. 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.
One NFC North alumnus (guard Randall McDaniel) got into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday while another (receiver Cris Carter) absorbed a significant snub. Here's another disappointment that didn't get quite as much attention on Sunday: Defensive end Richard Dent, who was turned away for the fifth consecutive year.
Dent finished his career with 137.5 sacks, which at the time ranked third in NFL history. He made it past the first round of cuts Saturday, an advance that Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times considers an important milestone. But Dent, in an interview with David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune, seemed to take the news pretty hard.
"I don't feel much at all," Dent said. "I'm just numb to the situation. I really don't have much to say."
Dent has lost out to four other pass-rushers in the past two years: Fred Dean, Andre Tippett, Bruce Smith and Derrick Thomas.
Continuing around the NFC North on Super Bowl Sunday:
- Minnesota has approached Fox Sports reporter Jay Glazer for help in getting quarterback Tarvaris Jackson involved in a mixed martial arts program. But Jackson doesn't seem too interested. Asked by Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Jackson said: "Nah. I'm not planning on it."
- Detroit was focusing its personnel search on former Jacksonville executive James "Shack" Harris late last week, and now it seems likely that Harris is the Lions' choice. Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press confirms the hire.
- Former Lions offensive lineman Mike Utley, paralyzed during a 1991 game, was a guest of Pittsburgh executive Kevin Colbert at the Steelers' practice Saturday. Colbert worked for the Lions front office earlier in his career.
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