All those other prospective teams we expected to line up with picks for Cassel were affected by the possibility that the Broncos were willing to ship Jay Cutler for picks. By listening to offers for Cutler, Cutler trumped Cassel temporarily as the prized QB on the trade market. The attention that would have been going to New England for Cassel was instead directed to the Denver front office for a near-impossible 3-way trade scenario where Cutler would be traded out and Cassel would be their guy. Tampa and others wouldn't bid more for Cassel to hurt Denver's chances of landing Cassel. Also, Belichick/NE had to wait for Denver to decide while they had major time pressure (Vrabel's bonus due on 3/1 and without trading Cassel the Pats would currently be over the cap), which is a major bottleneck. Additionally, teams that wanted Cutler wouldn't want to outbid Denver for Cassel. By inhibiting other teams from making a strong or faster play for Cassel in the past few days, the Broncos cost us at least another 3rd rounder.