Guys like Cassel, Hoyer, etc cost nowhere near $8-10 million. That's what Cutler is making now. It's the difference between "vet manager" money and "possible franchise QB" money. If Emery decides Cutler isn't worth a long term deal and isn't the guy going forward, it would be a total waste to spend $15 million FTing him as a placeholder while a rookie gets up to speed. I'd just let him walk, draft a 2nd rounder, and sign some vet to fill out the depth chart. That wold be way way more economical that FTing an expensive player you have already decided isn't the right guy for your coach to groom going forward.