Ripple effects from Cutler deal will reach Redskins

Ripple effects from Cutler deal will reach Redskins
January 2, 2014, 12:15 pm
Share This Post

Would Art Briles be a good fit for the Redskins?

The Chicago Bears announced that they have signed quarterback Jay Cutler to a new seven-year contract. Cutler was slated to become an unrestricted free agent in March.

Details of the contract are not yet out but according to preliminary reports Culter will average $18 million per year. His previous deal paid him an average of about $14.6 million per year.

The deal takes Cutler out consideration for teams looking for a quarterback this offseason. And since the Redskins might have a quarterback on the market this year, anything that happens that has an effect on the supply of available quarterbacks has an effect on them.

[Related: Judgment still pending on Shanahan era]

It’s difficult to pinpoint how much Cutler being off the market influences Kirk Cousins’ value in a trade. There is a long way to go over three months left until free agency and the trading start on March 11 and over five months until the May draft.

But, in the big picture, a potential starting quarterback coming out of the pool of available players increases the value of those left in the pool due to the law of supply and demand.

So, in theory, the value of Cousins ticked up a bit with the Cutler deal. But we have a long way to go to figure out what that value is if, indeed, the Redskins are going to trade him.

[Related:What does the future hold for Mike Shanahan?]