After a long interview with NFL Network's Scott Hansen, it appears as though the Denver Broncos are ready to move forward with Jay Cutler as their starting quarterback—Cutler just needs to agree to the same.
"He's our quarterback, we want him to be our quarterback," Josh McDaniels stated in the interview.
As much as the media like to hype up the situation, McDaniels insists that the Cutler trade talks were "talks", and nothing more.
"Was there something that occurred right at the beginning of free agency? Sure, there was. There were conversations and that's really where it kind of ends. There wasn't anything that came across (Pat) Bowlen's desk, there wasn't anything that we were trying to push hard to get through. It never even got to (Bowlen). Conversations were had and we've never denied that, but at the same time it's our job to look at every opportunity that we can to see if it's something that could improve our football team and that's what we were doing."
The Broncos then realized their best bet to win is with Jay Cutler, and they seem to have known that since the beginning.
Whoever is giving Jay Cutler advice, they do not seem to have his best interests at heart. Cutler's best option and best situation for 2009 and beyond is with the Denver Broncos.
McDaniels feels that the best thing for this current situation is to sit down one-on-one, face-to-face with Jay Cutler. If Cutler still does not want to be with the Broncos, and has no intention of helping this team win, then he needs to go.
What everyone is failing to realize is that Jay Cutler, despite the fact that he wants to be traded, is still under contract with the Broncos and has to respect that commitment he made to the team. No matter how much he dislikes McDaniels or distrusts him, he is still an employee of the Denver Broncos.
With Cutler at the helm, it appears as though the Broncos are going to be big time contenders in the AFC West this season.
Their offense does not lack playmakers by any means, the defense is vastly improved with new additions like Andre' Goodman and Brian Dawkins, and they currently hold nine picks in the upcoming draft.
Denver is in a great position to win now, provided they can bulk up their defensive line.
Cutler is not even in the prime of his career, and has already set nearly every single-season Broncos passing record, made a Pro Bowl, and most admirably has battled Type 1 diabetes through it all.
Despite his recent showing of poor character, Cutler is very active in the Denver community and is one of the more charitable players in the NFL, which forces one to wonder if his words are really the words of his agent, James "Bus" Cook.
In any case, life does go on.
Whether Cutler is throwing passes for the Denver Broncos in 2009 remains up in the air, it would appear that the best option for both parties is to work things out.
While it is intriguing to think of the prospects of the Broncos acquiring a new young gun like Brady Quinn or Jason Campbell and a slew of draft picks, anyone who knows the NFL knows that the best situation for Cutler is Denver, and Denver's best shot to win is with Cutler.
It is a terrible shame that the situation has got this far out of hand, but like McDaniels said, "Nothing is irreparable."
If Cutler can get on the same page, if he would just sit down with McDaniels, the Broncos can get back to the most important order of business: Winning.