Vinny Cerrato, the Redskins‘ offseason point man, isn’t providing any answers on the two hot topics involving his team.
Through spokesman Zack Bolno, Cerrato declined comment on Tennessee’s filing of tampering charges with the NFL regarding the Redskins’ signing of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.
And Cerrato remains incommunicado regarding the Redskins’ interest in acquiring Jay Cutler from the Broncos for fellow quarterback Jason Campbell.
Perhaps Washington remains committed to Campbell as its starter this season as Cerrato told me last month. The trouble is, that unlike such conservative franchises as the Bears and the Packers whose silence would be interpreted as a lack of interest, the Redskins have been so splashy during Dan Snyder’s decade as owner that people believe that where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
My gut tells me the Redskins want to make this trade, leaving the ball in the hands of the Broncos, who might be looking for more than Campbell and the 13th pick in the draft. Would the Redskins up the ante with their first-rounder in 2010 or a proven starter such as cornerback Carlos Rogers, safety LaRon Landry or even tight end Chris Cooley?
Who knows, but the Redskins have the cap space to accomodate Cutler’s contract, the willingness to make a blockbuster deal (especially with the Broncos: Champ Bailey for Clinton Portis, for example) and have not made any overtures to Campbell about extending his contract which expires after this season.
So while the Lions, Jets, Bucs, 49ers and Bears are all in more need of a quarterback than the Redskins, no one is ruling out Washington in the Cutler sweepstakes.
- David Elfin