Cutler would have been shipped to Detroit and Cassel traded to Denver to be reunited with Josh McDaniels, who was the New England Patriots offensive coordinator before becoming the Broncos head coach January 12.
Tampa Bay’s offer would have sent Cassel to the Broncos, Cutler to the Buccaneers and draft picks to the Patriots.
Matt Cassel was later traded from New England to the Kansas City Chiefs for the 34th pick in this year’s draft, but the damage was already done. Cutler is infuriated that his name has been floating around in trade talks.
"I'm upset. I mean I'm really shocked at this point," he 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."
McDaniels later emphasized that Cutler wasn’t the only player that they had received calls on and they had no intentions of trading him.
Now is the time for McDaniels to kiss and make up with the franchise quarterback and regain Cutler’s trust that this was nothing personal and he wants Cutler as his QB.