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Cutler trade increase value of Bills’ pick?

Posted by Chris Brown on April 3, 2009 – 2:19 pm

With Jay Cutler now traded to the Chicago Bears, could the trade value of Buffalo’s 11th pick now increase knowing the Broncos, who pick 12th, will be looking to add a quarterback?

If Mark Sanchez gets by San Francisco at 10, the Bills could be fielding a bunch of calls from teams that might be interested in trading up to 11 to leapfrog Denver to make sure they get Sanchez.

Getting a potential franchise quarterback is monumental stuff so NFL clubs are usually willing to pay a little more. Here is a list of teams, and where they pick, who might consider moving up to beat Denver to Sanchez.

NY Jets – 17th pick
Likelihood of Jets trading up is minimal especially with a division rival. With only six picks in the draft this year they don’t have much to offer either.

Tampa Bay – 19th pick
There’s no secret that the Bucs need a signal caller big time. But will defensive-minded head coach Raheem Morris make a bold move? Tampa has 8 picks, but no second rounder.

Detroit – 20th pick
In all likelihood the Lions will take Matt Stafford number one, making the need to move up to 11 moot to land Sanchez. But if they take an OT first like Baylor’s Jason Smith, this could be a possibility.

Minnesota – 22nd pick
Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels are the only answers you need here, but the Vikings don’t have a ton to work with either with just six picks, two of which are in the 7th.

Carolina – 59th pick
The Panthers could use a replacment for Jake Delhomme, but they just don’t have the ammo with no first round pick and only 5 picks total. They’d have to throw in picks from 2010 or include players.

Denver could also be included in this conversation. If Sanchez is on the board with the Bills on the clock, they might get so spooked that another team is trying to leapfrog them for the QB (the media backlash on the heels of Cutler debacle would be terrible) they might do a deal with Buffalo just to move up one spot to 11.

I’ll admit I’d be surprised if such a move happens, but it only takes one team to be enamored with a quarterback for it to take place, so if Sanchez doesn’t go in the top 10, Buffalo could make an advantageous trade come draft weekend.

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