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The Minnesota Vikings Won't Get Jay Cutler

DENVER - SEPTEMBER 21:  Quaterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Denver Broncos warms up prior to facing the New Orleans Saints during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on September 21, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Saints 34-32.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Eric RhodyCorrespondent IApril 2, 2009

Yes, it's time for yet another article on Jay Cutler, but this time with somewhat of a twist.

The Vikings won't get Jay Cutler.

Why? Well, the main reason is they already had their shot. Allegedly, the Vikings nearly had a three-team deal in place that would have sent Matt Cassel of the New England Patriots to the Broncos, Cutler to the Vikings, and Vikings' draft picks to the Patriots.

But we're also hearing Childress and other members of the Vikings' staff were not "sold" on some of Cutler's elements.

They're not sold on Cutler, but they're totally sold on Jackson and Rosenfels? Haha. Ok.

Even if the Vikings were to somehow get back in the Cutler sweepstakes, they'd find themselves stacked against at least seven other teams. At this point, I'd say that Cutler is most likely to end up with the Lions.

Another reason I can think of is, what exactly do the Vikings have to offer? The Broncos would no doubt want a quarterback in return, and trading Cutler for Jackson would be like trading John Elway for Ryan Leaf.

Not that I think that Cutler is as good as Elway, or that Jackson is as bad as Leaf mind you, but that it would be that lopsided.

The Vikings' draft picks wouldn't be too hot either. Unless they pulled a Mike Ditka and traded their entire draft away, and I think we all know they won't.

Teams like the Lions have more to offer, mainly in the way of draft picks. Jay Cutler for the 1st and 22nd overall picks? Sounds like a good deal to me. Cutler would even have a great target in Calvin Johnson if he went to Detroit.

But the most off-beat reason I can think of, Cutler is whiny. That's an undeniable fact. The Vikings have worked their rears off to clean up the team's image. At one point, the Vikings may have been worse than the Raiders when it came to behavior.

The team was entangled in an embarrassing "Love Boat" incident, head coach Mike Tice scalped Super Bowl tickets, and Daunte Culpepper and Randy Moss continued to make headlines with their seemingly endless antics.

For the first time in years, the Vikings have a fairly "clean" team, save for a few guys (*cough*BryantMckinnie*cough*). Adrian Peterson has become like Randy Moss, only without the attitude. So would having another whiner on the team really help matters?

That may not seem important to some, but if Zygi Wilf wants a new stadium, image is going to play a key role in getting it.

At the same time, however, winning a Super Bowl plays a far larger one. If the Vikings want a realistic shot at a Super Bowl, they should trade for Cutler.

But at this point, it won't happen. Cross your fingers fans. The Tarvaris Jackson Show looks like it's going to play one last time.

EDIT: It's just my luck that the moment I posted this article, NFL.com reported that Cutler had been traded to the Bears. Well, my reasoning still stands!

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