Like trying to calm an inconsolable child, Josh McDaniels met with his franchise QB to discuss this rift that has grown between the two since Cutlers name popped up in trade talks. The meeting could not have gone any worse, and now Cutler has made it absolutely clear, he wants out of Denver, period, end of story.
Cutler said McDaniels stood firm, admitting he did want his own hand crafted product, Matt Cassel, who went 11-5 in 2008 in place of the injured Tom Brady, to ascend to the helm of his offense.
He said that McDaniels stated he was not sorry for attempting to land Cassel, and would do it again in fact, if he had to.
McDaniels made it clear that he would entertain offers for the Pro Bowl QB because he will do whatever he deems best for the organization.
Cutler left the meeting with the exact opposite result he expected, stating:
"I thought he (McDaniels) was antagonizing me and that was disappointing because I was ready to move on, committed as a Bronco. Really, I figured we'd hash things out, shake hands, laugh a little and move forward.
"What happened was the last thing I expected. If I didn't think it could be fixed, I never would have come back to Denver. It was painfully obvious to me and Bus Cook (agent) it's not something they want to fix."
Soon after the meeting team spokesman Jim Saccomano said that Jay Cutler had formally requested a trade
McDaniels was disappointed that it could not have been just a simple man to man conversation, and that Cutler insisted his agent be present, So McDaniels had GM Brian Xanders sit in as well.
All McDaniels said to his team on Monday at an non-mandatory workout, (which Cutler was not present for) regarding the embattled QB, was:
"I'll take care of it," according to DL Kenny Peterson
There are some logical destinations for Cutler to end up, that have the right mix of need, and possibly the assets needed to acquire a young Pro Bowl QB. Teams mentioned have been Detroit, Chicago, Tampa Bay, Cleveland, and Minnesota, thus far
After the interview, McDaniels said:
"Other teams have called but we're not interested in getting draft picks for Jay."
That would seemingly eliminate most of the rumored teams interested, because they don't have quality QB's that Denver could win with tommorow, in addition to the draft picks it would cost.
One team makes sense though, and that is the Cleveland Browns
They have a former Pro Bowler Derek Anderson, and a developing Brady Quinn. Quinn is familiar with the Patriots Esq offense McDaniels will run, from being coached by Charlie Weiss in Notre Dame. Either could be deemed expendable in the right deal, both are young, and are very similar in style to Cutler.
The Browns hold the No's. 5, 37 49 and 69th picks in the draft, to sweeten any deal.
The Browns could also dangle star DT Shaun Rogers, who has made it known he wants out of Cleveland, and would be a logical fit in Denver because of the release of starting DT Dewayne Robertson
And to add to the intrigue, Tony Sheffler was a no show to mondays first practice, one could speculate that means he is also unhappy with his current situation.
Funny how that works because Cleveland just traded starting TE Kellen Winslow to the Bucaneers
No other team linked to the Cutler saga has the attractive assets the Browns bring to the table, and it would seem to benefit both sides in more ways then a QB swap
The Browns get a younger, better version of Derek Anderson, Cutler would upgrade an underachieving Cleveland team, who have an effective runner in Jamal Lewis, and a young talented receiver in Braylon Edwards, the three would form an effective trio on offense.
The Browns could also get a quality starting TE that could fill the void left by Winslow and allow 2nd year player Martin Rucker to develop
Denver would receive a competent, young QB in either Quinn or Anderson, that could still keep the W's rolling and defensive coordinaters at least mildly worried, in 2009 and beyond,
They could also potentially pick up DT Shaun Rogers, who would make an immediate impact on a defense that stumbled down the stretch last season. as well as pick up some draft picks to shore up the DL, and LB corps.
If a trade is the only solution, then Denver needs to make the smartest move possible, Cleveland, don't be blind, go get the sure fire franchise QB that can turn your 4-12's into playoffs.