Despite the Broncos’ public intentions of keeping QB Jay Cutler, “more than 10″ teams have asked the team about the disgruntled quarterback, the Denver Post reported Friday, citing an NFL source.
Cutler asked to be traded Sunday after a meeting with new coach Josh McDaniels and GM Brian Xanders didn’t put the quarterback at ease. He missed McDaniels’ first team meeting on Monday and didn’t show for the first week of offseason conditioning.
Despite the interest in Cutler, the Broncos seem intent on keeping him and smoothing things out. Team owner Pat Bowlen told NFL.com’s Thomas George, “I would like to keep him here, obviously. But if you are going to be an unhappy camper, there is no real reason to be here.”
The Broncos are sure to receive more inquiries, the Post reported.
- A second NFL source said the Broncos remain optimistic about soothing the situation with their quarterback. Team officials do not want to give up on the tantalizing possibility of teaming Cutler’s enormous, if not fully developed, talent with a coach who coordinated a New England offense to an NFL-record 589 points in 2007.
- The Broncos would not be surprised if teams more aggressively pursue Cutler during the NFL owners meetings that begin Sunday in Dana Point, Calif.
With unsettled quarterback issues, the Bucs, Lions and Jets would appear the most logical landing spots for Cutler, if the Broncos decided to deal him.