Mortensen on Cutler Trade That Never Happened

Interesting remarks from Chris Mortensen on Denver‘s efforts to land Matt Cassel via a three-way trade involving Jay Cutler.  Mort never mentions the Vikings in the report – so far, only Michael Smith has connected Minnesota to the story – but he does confirm that Tampa Bay was approached.  Here’s the interesting thing:  According to Mortensen, the Bucs were willing to offer a first and a third to New England, with the Broncos getting Cassel and Tampa landing Cutler, but New England wouldn’t go for it.  Bill Belichick, who by that time had already sent Mike Vrabel to the Chiefs as part of the trade and certainly had a verbal commitment with Scott Pioli for the rest, could’ve gotten a better pick than the second-rounder he ended up receiving, and a third-rounder to boot, but turned it down.  Mortensen wonders aloud whether Belichick’s refusal to deal with Denver has something to do with bad feelings toward former assistant Josh McDaniels who is now the Broncos’ head coach.  If this is the case, then that trade never had a chance of happening, with the Vikings or Tampa or Detroit (the other team Denver reportedly approached) or anyone else.

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  • Mike

    Insider trading.

  • Dave

    If this is true Bilichick is as big of a dumb-ass as a dick-head!

  • Luft Krigare

    I was watching ESPN when they reported on television that the Broncos were trying to swing a three way trade that would have had them acquiring Matt Cassell and sending Jay Cutler to the Vikings. You heard me right. Cutler to the Vikings.

    I want to know what moron at Winter Park said no. Brad!?!

  • Mike

    Of course, it was Chilly that said no to Cutler.  He wants no QB that can replace his beloved T-Jack experiment.

  • scot cab

    i would love cutler to give the ball to B.B.  Cutler, A.P, B.B   the three headed monster.

  • eef

    Cutler to the vikes woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  • http://Pennsylvania bernie jelinek

    Scot cab,  If we get Cutler in Viking Purple, this offense could explode into something  awesome, especially if we add another WR to compliment Berrian, utilize the TE further down field in the middle, then A.P. would have huge holes to run through, thanks to a real passing game. We could even run those old screens to either RB, like we use to do back when Robert Smith burned defenses, remember how great our offense was then?