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Snyder Likes Roller Coasters


"One man's trash is another man's treasure."

"The grass is always greener on the other side."

Should i continue? With news of Jay Culter's availability came a swarm of suspicion as to where he'd end up. Fact: Jay Cutler will be traded. Finally. It's just a matter of where he'll land.

Enter Dan Snyder. Ever the roster-tinkerer, Snyder isn't happy with his situation at quarterback and is looking for an upgrade. Is Jay Cutler a better quarterback than Jason Campbell? Certainly. Pundits have said that Cutler is a 'top five' quarterback in the league. Of course, nobody ever asks those pundits to name the other four. The list of top-five quarterbacks in the league is probably 12 deep.

But that doesn't dismiss the fact that Cutler has more skills at the position than Campbell. But is it worth making the trade? According to today's Post report, Campbell likes being here.

If the Redskins fail to acquire Cutler, they risk alienating Campbell, who has been the starter the past two seasons. Campbell said earlier yesterday that he wants to stay in Washington.

"I want to be here. I feel like there's a lot I want to accomplish and that's what I've been working to do, but you know it's not in your control," Campbell said. "All I can do is just keep doing what I'm doing, working hard and waiting to see what happens."

Now, maybe that's just politically correct speak for a quarterback these days. After all, Cutler is still publicly claiming that he's just an innocent bystander in this mess.

"I was surprised they decided to trade me this soon," Cutler told "I didn't want to get traded. This wasn't me. They [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."

What I don't understand is how teams let this information get public? Why would the Redskins let this get out so easily, when there are two other teams seriously in the mix for Cutler who need a quarterback far more than Washington? Perhaps one of those teams did the leaking in a effort of sabotage. But now the Redskins better get Cutler, or they lose out on the of the five-best (ahem) signal callers in the game, and have seriously alienated the guy on their roster, who wants to be on their roster.

Again, if the Redskins get Cutler, is he an upgrade on the field? Yes. Is that everything? Certainly not.

We still haven't addressed the fact that Cutler is a baby. And by all accounts (yes, bloggers have sources too), Cutler is aloof, a bad locker room guy and not widely liked by his teammates. And he may have a drinking problem (not a good problem to have when you are diabetic).

It seems like a splashy move for Washington to make. But is it prudent? Well, Snyder has an affinity for roller coaster rides.

By Dan Levy  |  April 2, 2009; 10:31 AM ET  | Category:  Denver Broncos , Quarterbacks , Washington Redskins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Actually, I still think that Dan Snyder is treating his NFL franchise like a Fantasy Football team.

Love or Hate Jack Kent Cooke, he pretty much knew how to let the front office do its job.

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | April 2, 2009 6:15 PM

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