This just in from The Denver Post:
"Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, frustrated at Cutler's unwillingness to communicate, has announced the team will begin the process of working out a trade for the Pro Bowl quarterback.
'Numerous attempts to contact Jay Cutler in the last 10 days, both by head coach Josh McDaniels and myself, have been unsuccessful,' Bowlen said in a statement released late Tuesday. 'A conversation with his agent (Bus Cook) earlier today clearly communicated and confirmed to us that Jay no longer has any desire to play for the Denver Broncos. We will begin discussions with other teams in an effort to accommodate his request to be traded.'"
I know I'm just a newbee to the Denver sports scene, but as an objective outsider, I have to say I like the Broncos' stand on this one. My only credibility to comment on the subject comes from living through a similar soap opera between T.O. and the Eagles a few years ago.
I know a lot of Broncos fans love Cutler and are struggling with this, but I really do think this will be better for the team in the long run.
The thing that killed the Eagles with the Owens situation was that it happened to an established team with an established coach and an established quarterback. If Denver did have to start over, why not do it now with head coach Josh McDaniels bringing in a new regime.
Think about it: they have cut most of their defensive starters from last year, they have a brand new backfield, Brandon Marshall is most likely going to be suspended for half the season, and they have the toughest schedule by far next year (Steelers, Pats, Cowboys, Giants, and Browns at home and Colts, Ravens, Redskins, Eagles, and Bengals on the road PLUS their division games - Yikes).
So WHY NOT start over by getting a young guy that McDaniels likes and let Chris Simms take the brunt of that schedule while the new kid learns on the sidelines and then takes over in December when they're already out of the playoff chase?
I know it sucks for this year, but it really seems like this could be more beneficial for the franchise heading into the future.
Now, to Cutler's credit, he did throw for 4,526 yards and was selected to his first Pro Bowl in 2008 and I can't name five other young quarterbacks that I would take to start a team with over him (Definitely Matt Ryan, maybe Joe Flacco, and maaaaybe Aaron Rodgers).
But there is a glaring negative side to Cutler
He is only 17-20 as a starter in his first three years, even though he has 54 career touchdowns, he has thrown an alarmingly high 37 interceptions (including a career high 18 last year), and he has yet to make a playoff appearance - and that includes this past season where the team lost three straight games to end the year and they only needed to win ONE to clinch a playoff spot (Cutler threw 2 TDs and 4 INTs over those three games).
And, maybe most importantly, he is creating an image for himself as something of a drama queen.
If he was 30-7 or even 25-12 as a starter with one or two playoff games under his belt, I would be a little more sympathetic to his hurt feelings over being involved in a potential trade talk, but when you are 17-20 with no playoff appearances and 37 career INTs, it makes it a little tough to get on board.
Hell, Donovan McNabb is mentioned in a trade every other Wednesday and even got benched in the middle of a 10-7 game and STILL was able to get over it and lead his team to the NFC Championship.
I guess I just can't exactly see Cutler's side on this one.
Now the question becomes where does Cutler go and what can the Broncos get for him? A couple of weeks ago, one NFL source said that they could probably swing a veteran QB, a number one this year, AND a number one next year.
That sounds like a lot, but again, when you think of him as a potential franchise quarterback, then it really isn't too bad. But now that the Broncos have come out saying they want to trade him, does that decrease his value?
I've heard that the Jets, Buccs, Vikings, Lions, and Bears among others have contacted Denver over the past few weeks and you have to think the Broncs will try to get the best value (i.e. highest draft pick) available.
If one of those NFC North teams lands Cutler, they obviously have to be considered a legit contender in what was somewhat of a weak division last year.
Regardless, this will be fun to track over the past few days or weeks or months.
What are your thoughts? Are you Pro-Broncos or Pro-Cutler on this one and where do you think he will land?