Jay Gutless: Cutler Claims He "Didn't Want It To Come to This"

TCorrespondent IIIApril 2, 2009

SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 28:  Quarterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Denver Broncos throws a pass against the San Diego Chargers during the NFL game at Qualcomm Stadium on December 28, 2008 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Broncos 52--21.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The entire Jay Cutler saga is enough to make my skin crawl.  First, it plays into the 24-hour vicious news cycle that is ESPN, the worldwide leader in controversy.  Seriously, the Bush administration were amateurs in their heyday compared to this lot. 

Second, and most recently, are the comments made by Denver Bronco quarterback Jay Cutler that he "didn't want it to come to this" in regards to the Broncos' caving in to his stubbornness by deciding to listen to offers for the disgruntled quarterback. 

If Cutler didn't want it to get this far, he should have kept his aggravation to himself instead of using the media as a tool to get what he wanted in the heat of the moment. Instead, management has now decided that they are fine with their team's future without the man who was supposed to become the next face of the franchise.

Cutler decided to clash with the new sheriff in town in new head coach, Josh McDaniels.  McDaniels is not absolved from this Favre-ian saga either.  McDaniels had yet to establish a presence in the Denver locker room and his first newsworthy act was one of betrayal.  To lie about attempt to trade your franchise quarterback is not a real confidence booster for a rookie head coach.

Many teams are reportedly interested in Cutler. The best fit remains to be seen.  Detroit would be the most desperate of those interested, a franchise longing for an identity other than the poster franchise for mediocrity. The Lions could deal both of their first round picks which include the top pick for a chance at finding that elusive franchise quarterback. Detroit just might be crazy enough to pull it off.

Speaking of crazy, let's talk Washington and wheeling and dealing owner Daniel Snyder. The Redskins appear to be in hot pursuit of Cutler, but require a third team to take current quarterback Jason Campbell off of their hands to make the hypothetical deal work. 

Washington needs to be weary of not making the same mistake Denver made in floating Campbell's name out there in trade talks.  Campbell would not be as coveted, but it could be rough waters for the Skins if head coach Jim Zorn goes to the Josh McDaniels school of quarterback relations.

The New York Jets could go down the same road of acquiring a quarterback as they did last year.  With Favre now retired, the Jets could conceivably make a play for Cutler.  The draft pick considerations could make it impossible, however via the draft they are in strong position to draft USC quarterback Mark Sanchez to compete with a capable signal caller in Kellen Clemens.

Whereever Cutler lands it could be a circus.  A quarterback who throws a tantrum after his name was floating around in trade talks, but once it could come to fruition, he recoils.  A quarterback who isn't ready to take a hit in media surely raises questions about his mental stability on the field.  Gutless.