There's trouble in the Mile High City.
Apparently, Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler doesn't have much faith in his new organization—an attitude now justified by rumors that the team tried to trade him to the Tampa Bay Bucs or the Detroit Lions, in an effort for Coach Josh McDaniels to get former New England Patriot Matt Cassel.
"He's not the only person in the last few days we've received calls on," McDaniels said Saturday. "We've received trade calls on a number of players, which is not uncommon this time of the year. I also think the sensitivity of the other trade that was occurring, with my relationship with New England and the whole Cassel thing, I think that stirred the pot even more."
Probably not the right thing to say, Coach, with a disgruntled quarterback on your roster. But I digress.
It does seem very obvious that the former Patriots' offensive coordinator is targeting his former team, as reported by Bleacher Report's Matt Constant: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/131758-former-oc-mcdaniels-targeting-patriots-players
Adding even more drama to the situation is Cutler, who has been talking about how he "liked" playing in Denver and how he "liked playing with these guys but obviously they're not going to let me have that opportunity."
Both Broncos GM Brian Xanders and McDaniels have denied trading Cutler.
“We don't want to trade Jay. We never did. He's our quarterback. We're excited about this season. And excited about what we're doing here in free agency to improve our team," McDaniels said.
He should probably tell that to his quarterback, though, because the eleventh overall pick in the 2006 draft isn't buying it.
According to USA Today and ESPN, Cutler "asked the Broncos for an opportunity to work out a deal with a team on his own but was rebuffed."
“I could see why they want Cassel," the twenty five year old stated. "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.”
Whatever happens, the relationship between Cutler and McDaniels is awry, and could hurt the Broncos this season.
"Anything can be mended," Cutler said. "I'll always play with the guys we've got. I love playing for those guys. Obviously, Josh and I's relationship has taken a few steps backward. I don't play for the coaches anyway, I play for teammates. As long as we keep the guys we've got I'll go out there and play. I love those guys."
Thanks to the USA Today, NFLFanhouse.com, and the San Diego Union Tribune for the quotes and information used in this story.