Jay Cutler Wants To Leave Mile High, According To NFL Reports

Carmine CarusoCorrespondent IMarch 16, 2009

Reports are coming out of the NFL that Denver Broncos QB Jay Cutler has formally requested that the team trade him.

There were rumors that Kansas City Chiefs and former New England Patriots QB Matt Cassel would be traded to Denver from New England in a potential three-way trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before Cassel was shipped to Kansas City. Apparently, Cutler did not like the idea of being potentially traded in that deal that never happened, and now wants out of Denver.

Cutler was drafted by the Broncos in the first round out of Vanderbilt. He was picked 11th overall with a draft pick acquired from St. Louis, taken one selection after Arizona Cardinals QB Matt Leinart. After being drafted, Cutler signed a six-year deal worth $48 million, with $11 million in bonuses.

In his rookie season, Cutler replaced Jake Plummer, who had led the Broncos to the AFC Championship the season before as the starting QB. Cutler started the last five games of the season in 2006. Though he went 2-3 in that stretch, he had a 59.1 completion percentage, 1,001 yards passing, a touchdown-interception ratio of 9-5, and a passer rating of 88.5.

Since starting his first NFL game at home against the Seattle Seahawks, Cutler has never missed an NFL start. He threw for 3,497 yards, a 20-14 touchdown-interception ratio, a 63.6 completion percentage, and an 88.1 passer rating in his first full season as a starter in 2007. In 2008, where he was elected to his first Pro Bowl, Cutler threw for 4,526 yards, a 25-18 touchdown-interception ratio, a 62.3 completion percentage, and an 86.0 passer rating.

The significant increase in touchdowns and passing yards, despite the rise in interceptions and decrease of completion percentage and passer rating in the last two years, is thanks mostly to more time throwing. Cutler attempted 616 passes in 2008, 149 more than the 467 he attempted the previous season.

In fact, only Drew Brees threw more passes than Cutler in 2008. Not to say that he is overrated, but proportionally, Cutler did not have a better 2008 season than his '07 campaign. Neither of those seasons did Cutler lead the Broncos to the playoffs, and he has a career record of 17-20.

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It is unknown whether Denver plans to give into Cutler's demands and trade him, or if they will keep their rising-star QB. Cutler has great chemistry with the team, especially Brandon Marshall, and is a team leader. And, he will be 26 in a month.

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