Jay Cutler is very unhappy in Denver with new coach Josh McDaniels. A month ago, the Broncos tried to trade Cutler to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a three team deal with the New England Patriots that would have sent Matt Cassel to Denver. The trade never happened; Cassel was instead sent to Kansas City.
Cutler feels unwanted and betrayed by the Broncos and its new coaching staff for even considering trading him away for a one time backup quarterback in Cassel.
Cutler and McDaniels have been trying to patch things up ever since, and it appears that sides still can't make peace.
Cutler has told ESPN Sunday night that he will not report to the team's mandatory off-season meeting Monday morning and has asked to be traded.
"I went in there with every intention of solving the issue, being a Bronco, moving forward as a Bronco," Cutler said. "We weren't in there but about 20 minutes, [McDaniels] did most of the talking and as far as I'm concerned, he made it clear he wants his own guy. He admitted he wanted Matt Cassel because he said he has raised him up from the ground as a quarterback. He said he wasn't sorry about it. He made it clear that he could still entertain trading me because, as he put it, he'll do whatever he feels is in the best interest of the organization."
As a result of the continuing rift, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen told the Denver Post that he was "disappointed" with Cutler's handling of the situation. READ ARTICLE!
By the way, Cutler's agent is Bus Cook. If that name sounds familiar, Cook is the same agent for Brett Favre. Think Cook doesn't have some friends in Florham Park N.J.?
The Jets should jump at the chance to swing a deal for Cutler before the April draft. They need a quarterback to lead what is now a staggering offense with Favre now retired. Kellen Clemens was unimpressive in eight starts in 2007, and Brett Ratliff is a virtual unknown.
Bringing in Cutler would give the Jets a legitimate quarterback who has the potential to throw for over 4,000 yards in a season. The only concern would be Cutler's temperament. If this guy gets offended in Denver Colorado, how will he react when 1,000 New York/New Jersey media members are pouncing on him after a loss to New England?
The Jets will likely have to part with their first round pick in this year's draft, Kellen Clemens, and probably more draft picks in future drafts if they want to acquire Cutler.
Remember, in 2006 the Jets were very high on Cutler, so much so that many thought they would draft him out of Vanderbilt, but the team instead settled for current left tackle D'Brickshaw Fergeson.
The Jets should keep a look out for any trade possiblities; they need it, especially if the new Jets regime expects to win and win big next season.