UPDATE: This entry was posted a couple hours before news broke that the Broncos traded Jay Cutler to the Bears. Obviously, the Bears were not one of the teams mentioned as a “leader” get to Cutler. The 49ers, apparently, never surfaced as a serious player.
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There are reportedly three top candidates to land Jay Cutler, the future former Broncos quarterback. And the 49ers are not among the teams mentioned.
The 49ers are quiet when it comes to their interest (or lack thereof) in Cutler. Perhaps they’re working behind the scenes to get some accomplished. But probably not. It is doubtful the 49ers will ever get into the picture because they probably don’t have what it takes to make a competitive offer to the Broncos.
The 49ers don’t have a quarterback the Broncos covet in a swap. And with the No. 10 overall draft pick, there is no guarantee the Broncos would get a chance to draft either Matthew Stafford or Mark Sanchez in that spot.
There is always a lot of speculation and debate this time of year about where different players will be drafted. Expect some surprises with the first nine picks in the draft. One league source told me he thought both quarterbacks and the top four offensive tackles might all get selected before the 49ers go on the clock.
Anyway, back to Cutler . . . I think the 49ers have a pretty good idea what it would take to make the deal. And I believe what the Broncos are seeking is either too steep for the 49ers – or the 49ers simply can’t compete with what Broncos might be able to get from another team. The 49ers would probably have to enlist the help of a third team to make a trade happen.
The Buccaneers, Redskins and Jets are among the teams reported as the front-runners to acquire Cutler, according to Pro Football Talk.
So in much the same way the 49ers never made an official contract offer to Kurt Warner, the 49ers probably never will get heavily involved in any of the Cutler trade talks.
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Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and the 49ers announced a four-year regional cable television agreement that includes 49ers Post Game Report, hosted by Gary Radnich and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, coverage of coach Mike Singletary’s weekly press conference, year-round magazine shows and specials featuring 49ers players, alumni, coaches and management.
This year, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area will air more than 200 hours of 49ers-related programming, highlighted by 49ers Postgame Report. The live one-hour show will feature interviews with players and coaches from the field and 49ers’ locker room, Singletary’s postgame press conference, expert analysis and discussion on the team’s performance and a preview of the 49ers’ upcoming opponent.
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