As NFL Network’s Adam Schefter first reported, Broncos Pro Bowl QB Jay Cutler was none too pleased about being mentioned in trade talk regarding Patriots QB Matt Cassel, who ended up being dealt along with LB Mike Vrabel to the Chiefs for a second-round draft pick.
Cutler voiced his displeasure about the situation to the Denver Post:
- “I’m upset. I mean, I’m really shocked at this point,” Cutler said. “I could see why they want Cassel. I don’t know if they think I can’t run the system or I don’t have the skills for it. I just don’t get it. Or if they don’t think they can sign me with my next contract. I just don’t know what it is. I’ve heard I’m still on the trading block.
- “My understanding at this point is they’re trying to trade me,” Cutler said. “We’ll see where I end up at. I liked it here, I liked playing with these guys, but obviously they’re not going to let me have that opportunity.”
New Broncos coach Josh McDaniels tried to play damage control, telling the Post that it was never the team’s intention to deal Cutler:
- “We don’t want to trade Jay. We never did. He’s our QB. We’re excited about this season. And excited about what we’re doing here in free agency to improve our team.”
The trade talk was a surprise to Cutler’s agent, James “Bus” Cook, who talked to KDVR in Denver:
- “I heard the rumors like everybody else, and I placed a call to the Broncos. I just got a return call. They just told me that only inquiries were made.
- “They never definitely told me one way or the other whether Cutler would be traded or not. Nobody has talked to me, and no other teams have talked to me.”
Cutler earned his first Pro Bowl nod in 2008, his second year as the full-time starter in Denver. He threw for 4,526 yards with 25 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. The Broncos finished the season 8-8, missing the playoffs after losing their final three games.