Disclaimer: The references to religion and religious practices within this article have been employed for the sake of creating a comparison. No statement related to a player or the respective player's religious beliefs, practices, or accomplishments are factually based.
With Good Friday one short week away, there is no time more appropriate than now to consider the inaccuracy of claims which have surfaced in the last twenty-four hours which pit the Jay Cutler and Matt Cassel deal against one another.
Cutler, a seasoned and Confirmed parishioner with proven experience and a former No. 1 draft pick, spends time as a Eucharistic Minister and abstains from meat eating during this Lenten season. Cassel, having been baptised a few short months ago, is currently learning the first few lines of the Our Father prayer.
Having established this inequality of stature in the eyes of the Church, it is with the utmost surprise that media outlets and fans alike have overloaded the print media and airwaves with an influx of comparisons amongst these two transactions.
If church pew seating locale is indicative of stature, fans have placed Cassel and Cutler in the same Church pew, as unbelievable as that may seem.
To expect Bill Belichick to receive the trade value of a seasoned parishioner who has successfully completed most of the major sacraments, in return for a recently baptized baby, can be described as nothing but ludicrous.
Surrendering the No. 18 and No. 84 picks in the 2009 draft, their No. 1 selection in the 2010 draft, and Kyle Orton can be described as nothing other than idiotic. So to compare lunacy such as this behavior, and to use it as a measuring stick for determining if Belichick obtained "fair value" for Matt Cassel, simply lacks logic.
The Jay Cutler transaction is more comparable to the Ricky-Williams-in-exchange-for-Mike-Ditka's-entire-draft debacle, than it is comparable to a perceived slightly lopsided deal for Cassel.
Matt Cassel may progress to be a Pro Bowl, top ranked quarterback in the National Football League. Or on the contrary, he may progress to be a serviceable non-Pro Bowler.
Before Cassel makes it that far, in 2009 he'll have to set his sights on his First Communion. His success and his progression as a sacrament-seeking mass attending parishioner from that point forward remains to be seen.
In terms of Jay Cutler and Matt Cassel's respective value in April of 2009, when accounting for current contractual obligations and on field experience, conversation which places these two deals in parallel, is simply not worthy of time consumption. Jay Cutler is a Bishop as compared to the newly edified Cassel.