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Cutler's fantasy value will drop with trade

There isn't a spot where Jay Cutler will land that will be better than what he had in Denver.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - It all started when Denver's new head coach Josh McDaniels, a Bill Belichick "disciple," and GM Brian Xanders tried to get Matt Cassel to come to Colorado and in doing so angered their current quarterback.

The Denver Broncos dug themselves a deep hole, as far as their young star quarterback was concerned, one which on Tuesday they announced they couldn't solve, so they have decided to trade Jay Cutler.

For the Broncos, the announcement of their intention to trade Cutler, will probably mean getting less value than the third-year player out of Vanderbilt is worth.

But what of his fantasy value?

Obviously we won't know for sure, where he is going and what the situation will be, but I can't foresee a spot where he will land that will be better than what he had in Denver.

In Denver he had a great receiver in Brandon Marshall (104 catches,1,265 yards six touchdowns), a very capable No.2 wideout in rookie Eddie Royal (91-980-5) and solid tight end play from Tony Scheffler (40-365-3) and Daniel Graham (32-389-4).

With a running game that is up in the air, Cutler would likely continue to post numbers like he did in 2008 - 384-for-616 for 4,526 yards, 25 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.

Now let's look at who might be interested in obtaining Cutler's services and what they have to offer.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers - The Bucs have Antonio Bryant as their top receiver (83-1,248-7) and just picked up Kellen Winslow, but paid a barrel full of money for Derrick Ward to go along with Earnest Graham, so obviously will continue to emphasize the running game.

New York Jets - It's not likely that the Broncos would trade him within the conference, but the Jets could be a landing spot. He'd have Jerricho Cotchery (71-858-5) and TE Dustin Keller (48-535-3), but Laveranues Coles has headed west to Cincinnati.

Detroit Lions - Instead of drafting a quarterback, the Lions could opt to go after Cutler thereby saving them two to three years of growing pains with a rookie quarterback. He would have the talented Calvin Johnson (78-1,331-12) at one wideout spot, but little else and not much protection up front.

Minnesota Vikings - With Adrian Peterson running the ball, Cutler would never be as prolific a passer as he was in Denver, but the combination might be enough to get the team into the playoffs. It's a good fit for the real-life Vikings, but with only Bernard Berrian (48-964-7) as an established receiver, his fantasy numbers would go way down.

Chicago Bears - How good could the Bears running game and Matt Forte be with Jay Cutler behind center? Good enough to win the Central Division, but Cutler's fantasy value would drop similar to the Vikings situation. Can you even name the top Bears receiver?

Final Analysis - It doesn't matter where he goes, Cutler's fantasy value will drop precipitously - possibly all the way out of the top-10.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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