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Cutler Wants Out. McDaniels Screws Up.

February 28, 2009
Jay Cutler

Jay Cutler

I was starting to forget about this but I am having a bit of trouble doing so with this news update from ESPN’s Bill Williamson. Apparently teams didn’t approach us for Matt Cassel, we approached them.

A source close to the situation confirmed that the Broncos were trying to acquire quarterback Matt Cassel from the New England Patriots by dangling Cutler, their Pro Bowl quarterback. The trade talk infuriated Cutler, who now wants to leave the Broncos.

The source said it was a three-way deal that would have sent Cassel to Denver to reunite with former Patriots offensive coordinator and new Denver head coach Josh McDaniels, Cutler to Tampa Bay and compensation from Tampa Bay to New England. The trade possibility became moot when Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel were traded Saturday to Denver’s AFC West rival Kansas City for a second-round pick.

So we need this to smooth out now and if McDaniels does anything else this stupid he is gone. Or at least I want him gone.

So let me explain this: McDaniels has screwed up and I am about to start demanding for his resignation. He doesn’t deserve a second chance after this but I am giving it to him. But if he tries to trade him away and gives into Cutler’s demands I will. Thank god for Brian Xanders who has so far not let him do so despite what McDaniels wants.

It may be difficult for Denver to trade Cutler now because there are no other quality quarterbacks available. It would be silly to trade him to the Lions for the No. 1 overall pick and try to draft Georgia’s Matt Stafford or USC’s Mark Sanchez. Neither of those players is a known commodity, while Cutler has blossomed into one of the NFL’s better quarterbacks.

So don’t expect him to be traded for at least a year and for McDaniels to do everything he can to repair his relationship before our season is lost. Denver has to regain Cutler’s trust immediately or this could turn into one of the NFL’s uglier situations. The source said that while Denver will hope to smooth the situation over time, Cutler probably will seek to depart Denver as a restricted free agent in two years. Cutler signed a six-year deal with the Broncos after he was drafted with the No. 11 overall pick in 2006.

This source claimed that the relationship was beyond repair and that we probably won’t have Cutler as a Bronco for much longer. Cutler expressed displeasure when Denver fired coach Mike Shanahan in December. However, he has been publicly supportive of McDaniels and had several good meetings with the coach in the weeks since McDaniels took over. The source said Cutler was confused by the trade talk.

From ESPN…

  1. Jon Krause permalink
    February 28, 2009 4:21 PM


  2. Jon Krause permalink
    February 28, 2009 4:22 PM

    the chiefs will be a hard team next year!

  3. Josh Vitale permalink
    February 28, 2009 4:26 PM

    Garrett, I would cite this somehow. I think Bill Williamson wrote half this post, so you should probably cite him on it.

    • February 28, 2009 4:29 PM

      I was just about to do it when you told me this hehe. The news is coming in so hard that i can barely write it myself all in time. =P

  4. February 28, 2009 4:30 PM

    okay but breathe a sigh of relief. jay cutler just commented on this another time. and it is a bit more positive.

    “If Cutler is not traded, and he stays with the Broncos, can his situation be mended? Cutler took a long pause before answering.

    “Anything can be mended,” he said. “I’ll always play with the guys we’ve got. I love playing for those guys. Obviously, Josh and I’s relationship has taken a few steps backward. I don’t play for the coaches anyway, I play for teammates. As long as we keep the guys we’ve got I’ll go out there and play. I love those guys.”

    -From Denver Post

  5. Josh Vitale permalink
    February 28, 2009 5:51 PM

    dude. if cutler goes, i’m catching flight to denver and hurting josh mcdaniels. that is a threat. i don’t care how large your man crush is on matt cassel; if your team has the second ranked offense in the NFL and your QB is only in his third year, you do not trade him. ever. he’ll be run out of denver if cutler is traded. and i hope he knows it.

    • February 28, 2009 6:08 PM

      Josh, I don’t think you will need to. After reading some comments by Broncos fans across the web if Jay Cutler is traded Dove Valley will be burned down, they will take Josh McDaniels family, and put Pat Bowlen in a hypnotic trance and fire him. Those are just a few of the other things that you can expect if he is traded.

  6. Jon Krause permalink
    February 28, 2009 6:13 PM

    Where’s your faith in Bronco Nation? Why do you think the fans would be so nice about it??

    • February 28, 2009 6:43 PM

      ahahahahaha. jon that made me laugh so hard it almost took away the pain of cutler asking for a trade.

  7. shawn balch permalink
    April 2, 2009 10:16 AM

    i have been a die hard Bronco fan since i was 3, i have the orange crush one piece pj’s to prove it, lol! went to two full home seasons, the ’77 Superbowl, when i was 7. Saw the drive 1&2, and worshiped Elway and his 40+ 4th quarter comebacks! i have been a season ticket holder for 16 years, until this year.Also until this year thought we had the best management in the business, But i guess Alzheimer’s has finally struck Bowlen, i mean are you kidding me? first off i can’t stand this guy McDaniel’s, don’t like his demeanor, attitude, or do i feel he is Bronco material. To have fired Shanny, a decision that leaves a bad taste in my mouth, after the patchwork job that he did with all the injuries that he had to contend with, is already inexcusable. To bring in another Patriots asst coach, all other Belichick’s asst have been busts, who then fires the offensive coordinator of the 2nd best offense, is poor judgement and all about the coaches pride, he’s go0nna have his guys, so if successful the credit lands on his shoulders. And now this…. possibly the best quarterback, in his future career, to ever play the position, first dangled like an apple, and now officially being traded? I gave up my season tickets today, to a friend who has wanted them for 5 years, he’s stoked, but i feel bad for him, as i feel the future as a broncos fan isn’t going to be the same, or even close to it. This isn’t the team i grew up watching and have die hardly supported for 35+ years. I think it started when they took the team out of the magic of the rodeo arena at Mile high and named the new stadium after a corporation. The broncos have always been a team that you don’t count out, a team that stood by it’s players, a team that listened to it’s fans. Obviously if this was still true the broncos would still have Shannahan, and this Cutler biz never would have come up. If they gave a dam anymore about what the fans thought they’d never have even stepped in this direction. I would love to think that maybe the fans will show some solidarity and skip the home opener and every game after that until Bowlen either steps down, sells the team, reacquires Mike, and Jay, and runs this jacko McDaniels out of town for coming to Denver and trying to destroy the franchise. Which won’t happen, so i guess i will just have to look at my 2500 strong Broncos trading card collection including six complete mint sets of every card printed of Elway, lol, and remember what was, because i’m finished unless they change alot of things, and everyone in the broncos staff and head office swallow their foolish pride! Go Cutler! Sincerely, can no longer handle this BS

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