Broncos Say They'll Seek to Trade Cutler
The Denver Broncos have announced that they will attempt to trade disgruntled quarterback Jay Cutler.
Broncos owner Pat Bowlen said in a written statement released by the team that Cutler's agent, Bus Cook, indicated to club officials today that Cutler no longer wants to play in Denver. The Broncos will work to accommodate Cutler's request to be traded, Bowlen said.
"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 the written statement. "A conversation with his agent 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."
The New York Jets, Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are thought to be among the teams interested in possibly trading for Cutler.
Washington Redskins Coach Jim Zorn said at last week's league meeting that the Redskins were not among the clubs seeking a prospective trade for Cutler.
Cutler became upset when the Broncos considered trade offers earlier in the offseason for quarterback Matt Cassel. McDaniels, as the offensive coordinator in New England, had worked with Cassel last season when Cassel took over for the injured Tom Brady as the Patriots' starter. The proposed three-way trades would have put Cassel in Denver and Cutler in either Detroit or Tampa. But Cassel was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs instead.
A conference call and a meeting failed to ease the tensions between Cutler and Broncos officials. Cook said publicly at one point that Cutler had been told by Bowlen after former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan was fired that the team would keep its offensive coaching staff intact, and Bowlen instead hired an offensive-minded coach in McDaniels. Bowlen said publicly that he did not recall having such a conversation with Cutler.
McDaniels said last week at the league meeting that the Broncos would attempt to repair their relationship with Cutler. He did not rule out a trade even then, however, saying that the team would always do what's in its best interests.
The Broncos presumably will seek to trade Cutler before the NFL draft.
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