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    Broncos will try to trade unhappy QB Cutler

    By ARNIE STAPLETON

    AP Sports Writer


    Mark Duncan, File
    In this Aug. 7, 2008 file photo, New York Jets quarterback Kellen Clemens (11) passes during the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland. Clemens is focused on trying to win the job as the Jets' starting quarterback, rather than all the Jay Cutler trade rumors and critics who insist New York can't enter the season with Clemens, Brett Ratliff and Erik Ainge on the roster and expect to win.



    The Denver Broncos said Tuesday they will grant Jay Cutler his request and try to trade the disgruntled Pro Bowl quarterback.
    There is no shortage of teams interested in the 25-year-old rocket-armed quarterback whose unhappy offseason began with Mike Shanahan's firing and has haunted new coach Josh McDaniels' budding regime.
    Broncos owner Pat Bowlen released a statement saying both he and McDaniels had been unable to get Cutler to call them back over the last 10 days. Bowlen said he spoke with Cutler's agent, Bus Cook, on Tuesday and came away convinced "that Jay no longer has any desire to play for the Denver Broncos."
    Therefore, Bowlen said, "We will begin discussions with other teams in an effort to accommodate his request to be traded."
    Cook didn't immediately return messages left by The Associated Press, and McDaniels, through a team spokesman, declined to comment.
    Cutler's been unhappy ever since learning that McDaniels failed to inform him about trade talks in which the Broncos showed interest in Matt Cassel. Cassel wound up being traded by New England to Kansas City, and then Cutler asked to be traded.
    Still, McDaniels had faith he could repair the strained relationship with his temperamental quarterback - if only he could get him to call him back. On Tuesday, he became convinced that just wasn't going to happen.
    When told the owner was going to try to trade his franchise quarterback, linebacker Spencer Larsen said, "It's shocking. It didn't seem like he was going anywhere. This is the worst-case scenario."
    Cutler skipped McDaniels' first team meeting in mid-March and the first 2 1/2 weeks of the Broncos' offseason conditioning program, forfeiting a $100,000 workout bonus.
    Cutler is halfway through the six-year, $48 million contract he signed as the 11th overall pick out of Vanderbilt in the 2006 draft. He's 17-20 as Broncos starter, although that's misleading because of Denver's dismal defense.
    In games that the Broncos have allowed 21 points or fewer, Cutler is an impressive 13-1, and that only loss was to Green Bay in 2007 when the Packers won the coin toss and Brett Favre threw an 82-yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime.
    Cutler was upset when Shanahan was fired as coach, and even requested that members of Shanahan's offensive staff be retained, which didn't happen.
    He had started to come around, meeting several times with McDaniels and expressing an eagerness to learn his intricate Patriots-style attack that will replace the West Coast system he's been running since he was a rookie.
    That all changed when word leaked that McDaniels had spoken with the Patriots about Cassel.
    At the NFL owners meetings in Southern California last week, McDaniels said the team was committed to Cutler, although he said no options, including trades, were being ruled out.
    "I've always been optimistic," McDaniels said at the NFL meetings. "He's on our team, he's under contract, and I understand there's things we have to work toward in our relationship."
    The 32-year-old McDaniels is in his first head coaching job after serving as offensive coordinator for New England, where he developed the untested Cassel into a top quarterback in 2008. He's never denied that "conversations took place" this month about acquiring Cassel, nor does he apologize for them.
    "You take into consideration what anybody is trying to offer up," he said. "If the quality of the trade you feel, in the long run, improves your team, you analyze it.
    "It's been made very clear to me it's my job to listen to a number of scenarios that would improve the team."
    McDaniels even had fun with the feud, smiling as he posed for pictures at the NFL meetings with Cutler's No. 6 jersey when the AFC teams showed off throwback uniforms they'll use at some point next season.
    The Broncos haven't been to the playoffs since reaching the AFC title game in 2005, but the main reason was a lousy defense. McDaniels and new general manager Brian Xanders have gone about retooling the defense with a bevy of waivers and free agent signings led by that of Brian Dawkins.
    With Cutler on the trading block, the Broncos are down to Chris Simms and Darrell Hackney at quarterback.
    Simms, who signed a two-year, $6 million free agent deal ostensibly to serve as Cutler's backup, has thrown just two passes since undergoing emergency surgery to remove his spleen after a game in 2006. Hackney's next NFL pass will be his first.
    AP Sports Writer Pat Graham in Denver contributed to this story.

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    I'll be glad to see the Broncos start from scratch with another QB. Puts them on a level playing field with the Chiefs.

    The Chargers are the team to beat in this division.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Coach View Post
    I'll be glad to see the Broncos start from scratch with another QB. Puts them on a level playing field with the Chiefs.

    The Chargers are the team to beat in this division.
    Now we'll need to make up a nickname for them!

    How about "drainers"? You know opposite to chargers.

    Not that good, but it's just a suggestion. I think it's alright.

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    Way to piss away two outstanding recievers in Marshall and Royal because you feel sorry for yourself Cutler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AussieChiefsFan View Post
    Now we'll need to make up a nickname for them!

    How about "drainers"? You know opposite to chargers.

    Not that good, but it's just a suggestion. I think it's alright.
    C'mon what do you guys think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sn@keIze View Post
    Way to piss away two outstanding recievers in Marshall and Royal because you feel sorry for yourself Cutler.
    Cutler got exactly what he wanted. He got away from a coach he hated and a rebuilding process he didn't want to go through. Whatever team he goes to he knows that he's going to be wanted, that he'll be the guy. He'll know that he won't have McDaniels looking to replace him whenever his back is turned. As long as he doesn't get traded to detroit or something he'll be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xeticus View Post
    Cutler got exactly what he wanted. He got away from a coach he hated and a rebuilding process he didn't want to go through. Whatever team he goes to he knows that he's going to be wanted, that he'll be the guy. He'll know that he won't have McDaniels looking to replace him whenever his back is turned. As long as he doesn't get traded to detroit or something he'll be fine.
    Cutler doesnt have the luxury to say where he goes. If he goes to Detroit then hes getting exactly what he wanted.

    I dont care who you are....you are tradable. Cutler doesnt realize that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AussieChiefsFan View Post
    C'mon what do you guys think?

    How about the San Diego Super Fizzle lol I DK They always are hot then fizzle out in the playoffs

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    if you are a chiefs fan you have to be have to be happy about this. In just a couple of months the broncos have completely self destructed. Complete rebuilding mode. And if you are a broncos vet are you going to buy into McDaniel's system now? How many guys are just going to play the bare minimum to get by and wait for him to get fired. It's probably going to take them a couple of years to recover from this offseason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xeticus View Post
    if you are a chiefs fan you have to be have to be happy about this. In just a couple of months the broncos have completely self destructed. Complete rebuilding mode. And if you are a broncos vet are you going to buy into McDaniel's system now? How many guys are just going to play the bare minimum to get by and wait for him to get fired. It's probably going to take them a couple of years to recover from this offseason.
    oh as a chiefs fan Im estatic!

    If I was a Donk fan I would stick by McDaniels. As a coach you cant give off the impression that your the one in submission to the players. McDaniels did everything he could, he addressed the public and said that he and Cutler communicaition should always be open. Cutlers the one being stuck up and to himself.

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