If 49ers wanted Warner, why wouldn’t they be interested in Cutler?

Now that it appears as if the relationship between the Broncos and quarterback Jay Cutler is irreparably damaged and Cutler has reportedly asked for a trade, does it make sense for the 49ers to get involved?

Absolutely. The 49ers showed recently that they were still looking to upgrade the quarterback position. And if they were willing to pay in the neighborhood of $14 million a year to sign veteran Kurt Warner, why wouldn’t they be interested in Cutler, who turns 26 next month?


Cutler completed 62.3 percent of his passes with a 7.35-yards-per-attempt average with 25 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.


This is where it gets tricky: What is the right amount of compensation? The 49ers would be reluctant to part with draft picks. However, if they like Cutler (and there’s no indication what exact feelings they have about him), they a draft pick or two is a small price to pay for finding a franchise quarterback.


And despite the friction, we still don’t know if the Broncos are willing to part ways with him when they don’t have a real viable option to step into that position.


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The 49ers’ three quarterbacks all began “voluntary” classroom work today with new coordinator Jimmy Raye. Alex Smith, Shaun Hill and Damon Huard were at the 49ers’ facility in Santa Clara to begin learning the new system. (Cutler is skipping a similar get together with his new coaches today in Denver.)


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The 49ers today brought back two players that originally entered the world of NFL training camp as undrafted free agents.


The club announced it has signed safety Lewis Baker and linebacker Mark Washington to contracts.


Washington (6-3, 245) was originally signed as a free agent following the 2007 supplemental draft out of Texas State-San Marcos. He spent 12 weeks on San Francisco‘s practice squad that year before being signed to the active roster by the Miami Dolphins. Washington went on to play in three games in 2007 for the Dolphins.


Baker (6-2, 202) rejoins the 49ers after being signed as an undrafted rookie free agent from Oklahoma last year. He was released prior to the season.


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