Denver Broncos To Trade Jay Cutler: Is Anyone in Detroit Listening?

Kevin StewartContributor IApril 1, 2009

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 14:  Jay Cutler #6 of the Denver Broncos walks off the field after the Carolina Panthers defeated them 30-10 during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 14, 2008 in Charlotte, North Carolina  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

There looks to be a light at the end of the tunnel that is Jay Cutler and his offseason saga with the Denver Broncos.

After a month of bickering back-and-forth between Cutler and new Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels, the Broncos said Tuesday they are going to trade Cutler.

In late February, Cutler caught word that McDaniels was trying to get Denver to trade for then New England Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel. McDaniels was the offensive coordinator for the Patriots in 2007 and thoroughly worked with Cassel throughout his remarkable season replacing the injured Tom Brady.

The Broncos could not pull the trigger in a trade for Cassel, who was instead traded to their AFC West rival, the Kansas City Chiefs.

Here's where the Detroit Lions should come into the picture. The Lions, coming off an NFL-worst 0-16 record, have the first overall selection in the upcoming NFL Draft and many experts have them drafting Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford with that pick.

Lions general manager Martin Mayhew has an important decision to make here. Should he take Stafford? Should he trade the No. 1 overall pick for a cluster of picks? Or should he trade that pick, along with later picks, in a package for Cutler?

If Mayhew decides to make a move for Cutler, in which he should, he would have to somehow get a third party involved, because Denver is going to want a quarterback in return.

It's highly doubtful the Broncos would be comfortable entering the 2009 season with Chris Simms as their starting quarterback.

That most obvious team that could be that third party is the Cleveland Browns, who have a former Pro Bowl quarterback, Derek Anderson, and a young, former first-round draft pick, Brady Quinn

After the Browns benched Anderson in favor of Quinn last year, it'd seem the Browns would be more willing to part ways with Anderson.

This is a move the Lions should jump at. He's had a few years of experience in the NFL under his belt and is ready to become the face of a franchise (or at least a different one).

No one really knows what you're going to get out of a pick like Stafford, but you know what you're going to get out of Cutler. A kid with a cannon of an arm and a boatload of talent.

With the attitude he's showing to get out of Denver, he'll likely show that much effort in trying to get his next team in the win column. Plus, with an unbelievable wide receiver in Calvin Johnson, he'd be bound to succeed.

Cutler will someday rank among the elite quarterbacks in the league. Detroit would be foolish to not take a shot at him.