Are the Denver Broncos Trying To Trade Jay Cutler?

Jen PrestonSenior Analyst IFebruary 28, 2009

You may not have heard—but Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler has.

"I've heard the rumors," Cutler told CBS4 in Denver. "I know what they're trying to do. Even though I love Denver and I'd love to remain a Bronco, I know how this business works. If they want me to play somewhere else, so be it."

According to several sources, including ESPN and Detroit News, both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Detroit Lions have attempted to acquire Cutler.

KFFL Hot Off the Wire is reporting that Tampa Bay tried to acquire now-Kansas City Chief Matt Cassel to trade him for Cutler. Of course, with Patriots trading Cassel to Kansas City, this didn't happen. is also reporting the Lions were also planning to use Cassel as "trade bait."

Broncos General Manager Brian Xanders told Denver's CBS4 that while there were trade offers for the 25-year-old Indiana native, the team didn't entertain them. He also said they don't plan on trading him.

Cutler was selected to the Pro Bowl this past season.

“The Broncos had a three-way deal in the works late last night with the Patriots and Buccaneers. The proposed trade would’ve sent Cutler to Tampa and Matt Cassel to Denver. That deal fell apart when Cassel was traded to the Chiefs earlier Sunday morning," said Vic Lambardi of CBS4.

Lambardi also says, despite Xanders' word, that the team is still looking to trade their quarterback.

According to ESPN's Chris Mortenson, Cutler "hasn't demanded a trade" and is "not sure he isn't still being shopped."

Thanks to Newsday, OTR,, and USA Today for also contributing to the facts in this article.