Chances Chicago will deal Jay Cutler

Jay Cutler did not play well in the NFC Championship Game last year. Jeff Hanisch/US Presswire

Adam Schefter often answers reader questions in his blog. Got a query of your own? Submit it here.

Q: Given the whole public reaction after Jay Cutler's injury in the NFC title game do you think there is any chance they consider trading him? How much respect do you think he lost in the locker room despite Brian Urlacher's public defense of him?

-- Jose (Maine)

A: Jose: For starters, teams can't trade players until there's a new CBA. But say there's a new CBA tomorrow -- it's still extraordinarily difficult to imagine the Bears trading Cutler. Just won't happen, not this offseason at least. For starters, who is Chicago going to get as a replacement? Now, if the Bears wanted to trade Cutler for Chicago-born-and-bred Donovan McNabb, I'm sure the Redskins would be more than happy to do it ... but that's not going to happen. It doesn't change the fact that Cutler is going to have to work to build up some of the trust he has lost with players and fans. But Chicago has invested a lot in Cutler. And remember that he did lead the Bears to the NFC Championship Game last season.

Q: The Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl XLV with an inordinate number of injuries, but now they will get all their starters back for next season (assuming there is one). Do you think they'll keep the second-string guys in that got them to the Big Game or reinsert the original starters at the start of next season?

-- Alex (Lombard, Ill.)

A: Each case is different, Alex. A player such as running back Ryan Grant will find his way back into the lineup, if not the starting rotation. Tight end Jermichael Finley is a budding star and will start right away. But at linebacker, the Packers now have some options to go along with Nick Barnett. They have to figure out where to allocate their money, and based off that, we'll have a better idea of who will play and who won't. The bottom line is that this is a great issue to have and the players that can most help a team win will play. Period.

Q: Being from the Bay Area, it is nice that we finally have two football teams that seem ready to make that jump to the next level. Who has a better chance of making the playoffs next season, the Oakland Raiders or the San Francisco 49ers?

-- Steven (Calif.)

A: Steven: Don't mean to be harsh, but I don't know that either Bay Area team is ready to jump to that next level just yet. Although both are making progress, do you really get the sense that the Raiders are near the level of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets or New England Patriots? Tough to say that with some of the players they have -- Nnamdi Asomugha, Michael Huff, Robert Gallery -- headed to free agency. Plus, is Jason Campbell the answer at quarterback? Do you trust him to compete with the big boys in a big game?

And it's a similar story in San Francisco. I love what president Jed York did, convincing Jim Harbaugh to take the 49ers head coaching job. They've added the right coaches and made the right moves. But who's playing quarterback? Until we know the answer there, it's hard to say the 49ers are ready to make the jump to the next level.

The bottom line is that both teams are better off than they've been, but both still face lingering questions.

Q: Cam Newton seems like the Tim Tebow of this year's NFL draft. He comes from a system that isn't pro-friendly, has some issues (Tebow mechanics, Newton off-the-field) and no one can agree on where he ends up, although most people think Newton will be in the first round. Where do think he'll land? Any chance the Minnesota Vikings get him at No. 12?

-- Jeff (Ala.)

A: Here's my question and issue with that scenario, Jeff. If Newton is as good as you and some others think, do you really think that Buffalo at No. 3, Arizona at No. 5, San Francisco at 7, Tennessee at No. 8 and Washington at No. 10 all would pass on a quarterback that good? If Newton's off-the-field issues check out, it's hard to think so many teams with so many quarterback needs will bypass him, especially when those teams might not be able to trade for a quarterback or sign one in free agency before the draft. If Newton is there for the Vikings, that could be a nice selection.

Q: With the Demaryius Thomas injury (along with Eddie Royal's) and even after resigning Champ Bailey, it seems like Denver Broncos have a lot of holes to fill this offseason. Where do you think they should look in the draft?

-- Diane (Colo.)

A: To the longest-standing holes, Diane -- on defense, and specifically their defensive line. The Broncos have been so devoid of talent there for so long, it's hard to think this team will go for a wide receiver -- as good as A.J. Green is -- or a cornerback -- as good as Patrick Peterson is -- when the Broncos have the holes along their front seven that they do. This team is dying to add defensive help. John Fox is a defensive-minded head coach, which should tell you something about where this team is going to go.