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Well, well, well. The saga surrounding Denver quarterback Jay Cutler continues to take turns towards the interesting. As we’ve mentioned once or twice Cutler’s agent, Bus Cook, is busy behind the curtains of the NFL stage trying to direct a show exactly how he wants it to go. The information, mis-information, lies, half-truths, and speculation is now flying around faster than anybody can keep up with. All of this has left newly acquired Denver head coach Josh McDaniels with little to say other than “I’ll take care of it.”

Right, McDaniels is practically Bruce Willis in Armageddon. All the Broncos brass are standing in a space ship, deciding who’s going to take the hit for this mess. At some point someone suggests they draw straws, but McDaniels mans up and says, “Nobody’s gonna draw straws. I’ll stay and take care of it.” And I’ll bet that McDaniels feels like he’s standing on an asteroid that’s about to blow up with him on it. The difference? Bruce Willis is a regarded as hero in that movie, and McDaniels is simply looking, well… foolish.

So, recent news points towards a divorce of Cutler and Denver being almost more likely than not. Which has gotten Vikings fans all giddy with excitement. As mentioned previously, the Vikings pulling off a trade for Cutler will not be easy. A lot of things will have to fall exactly into place in order for it to happen. In fact, I’d say that it is so unlikely that a trade for Cutler happens that it is far more likely for this whole thing to turn out poorly for the Vikes. Here are some scenarios where this whole mess could backfire on the Vikings:

1. The Lions and the Bears are perhaps two teams in more need of a QB than the Vikings. They both also happen to have better and more draft picks than the Vikings. If those teams are interested, they will doubtlessly be able to offer the Broncos more in return, and the Vikings could end up playing against him twice per year.

2. If he doesn’t end up going to a division foe of the Vikings, then how about a Conference team that we could meet in the playoffs. The Panthers could not have been impressed with DelHomme’s performance in the playoffs, not to mention they have a very large, angry, and expensive Julius Peppers on their hands just begging to be traded. Also, the Bucs were the original suitors known to have had interest in Cutler.

3. Denver owner, Pat Bowlen, could just decide that his star quarterback is more important to the club than their 32-year-old head coach and fire him for starting all this trouble. While this seems an unlikely scenario, so did the one that involved getting rid of Shanahan. Next in line for a head coaching job, seems to be Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier. At this point, that would be a huge loss for the Vikings.

4. Perhaps this thing drags out to the April draft or maybe beyond. Maybe this drama drags out into a giant mess in training camp and preseason. And THEN Cutler is traded to the Vikings for a king’s ransom. This would be a difficult position to be in, as Cutler would be asked to lead a team he’s never played with. That could be disastrous.

While it’s fun to think about the “what ifs” surrounding this whole thing, just remember, chances of it working out well are incredibly slim. And I don’t know about you, but as a Vikings fan, I’d rather see a young successful QB stay in Denver than any of the above scenarios.

Stay tuned, and I’ll keep you updated. And just for fun, why don’t you all leave a comment below as to what you think the Vikings would/should offer in return for Cutler.

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