Cutler Requests Trade; Lions Want Him


Jay Cutler has taken the on-going unpleasantness to a new level by formally asking the Broncos to trade him.  The move comes in the wake of a meeting between Cutler and coach Josh McDaniels that, instead of smoothing out the hard feelings between the two as intended, actually inflamed the situation more.  Here is what Cutler had to say about it all:

I went in there with every intention of solving the issue, being a Bronco, moving forward as a Bronco. We weren’t in there but about 20 minutes, [McDaniels] did most of the talking and as far as I’m concerned, he made it clear he wants his own guy. He admitted he wanted Matt Cassel because he said he has raised him up from the ground as a quarterback. He said he wasn’t sorry about it. He made it clear that he could still entertain trading me because, as he put it, he’ll do whatever he feels is in the best interest of the organization.

At the end of the meeting, he wasn’t like, “Jay, I want you as our quarterback, you’re our guy.” It felt like the opposite. He basically said that I needed to tell him if we can’t work this out, to let him know. I thought he 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 [Saturday] 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, his agent] it’s not something they want to fix.

Actually Jay, I’m sure they do want to fix it…and you’ve sort of guaranteed that the only way to do so is by trading you.  I’m actually starting to sour a little bit on the idea of the Vikings pursuing this guy – he seems like more of a bitch than what you would want your starting quarterback to be, and frankly, offensive leadership is what our team needs more than anything.  Is a big arm enough?  Does Cutler have it between the ears to take a team deep into the playoffs?

If the Vikings do go after Cutler, they will have plenty of competition, including – probably – two other teams in their own division.  So far, Mlive.com’s Tom Kowalski has confirmed that the Lions will discuss a trade…and you have to believe the Bears would be in on him too, unless they’d prefer to keep their streak of mediocre signal callers intact.  The question is, what do these teams have to offer in return?  The Lions have the clear advantage in quality and quantity of draft picks, but it’s likely the Broncos would ask for an NFL-ready quarterback as part of any package.  And that’s where it gets sticky for all three teams.  On the surface, it wouldn’t appear that any of them have anything the Broncos would want.  Then again, it’s not like Denver is in the best bargaining position right now.  If no team comes across with the kind of deal Denver wants, they may have to settle for something less, and hope they can snap up a decent starter somewhere (Jeff Garcia’s still out there).

Here’s what I’d like to know:  Does Pat Bowlen now regret hiring Josh McDaniels?  I’m glad that guy’s a coach and not a diplomat, cause if he were, we’d just end up in another war.

Next Vikings Game View full schedule »
Thursday, Aug 2828 Aug7:00at Tennessee TitansBuy Tickets

Tags: Bus Cook Denver Broncos Jay Cutler Jeff Garcia Josh Mcdaniels Matt Cassel Minnesota Vikings Pat Bowlen

  • Mike

    I’ve heard so many conflicting stories about this I don’t know what or who to believe.  But if Cutler is as sensitive as he appears there would be no match with Chilly.

  • scott

    does any body think we can get cutler and if we dont make a move for him i think we should get chilly out of minnesota

  • Ryan

    Oh definately, not getting Cutler when he is actually available would be the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard, how long has it been since we had a franchise QB (not counting Cullpepper)?  Joe Capp?  Fran Tarkenton?  Great teams have great QB’s and Jay hasn’t even hit his prime yet.  I would be pissed off too if I throw for 4500 yards and make the probowl and all of the sudden they want to trade me for some young overachiever? F THAT!! GET IT DONE BRAD AND ROB!!!

  • http://Pennsylvania bernie jelinek

    I think we as Vikings fans all can agree that missing an opportunity to land a franchise QB like Cutler would be another setback in the history of  the Vikings. How could Ziggy stand by and watch the Bears or the Lions, or even the Browns steal Cutler from Denver, and watch another dissapointing season with Childress, and his protege T-JAC ?  Like Ryan said, How long do we have to wait for a good QB to lead us to the Super Bowl?  He’s also  exactly right on, about great teams having great QB’s. Sure, Cutler is one snotty son of a gun, but to Childress’s credit, he could tone his attitude down quickly, and get down to business, that is taking us past the playoffs and into the Bowl. We can’t afford to let this chance go, being a Vikes fan 39 years I THINK  ALL US FANS DESERVE A WINNER, LET’S GET TO IT , GET CUTLER IN PURPLE!

  • All Day 28

    I really dont care if it take’s giving up this rounds 1rst and a 3rd or even sending Chester Taylor along with the 1rst round pick to get Cutler. He is a franchise QB and at 25 is an elite QB in the NFL. I wanted us to draft him but Denver jumped up and got him before we did. This guy can run the West Coast Offense and im sure he wouldnt mind handing the ball off to # 28, they said another big trade of draft picks would set the team back for years. Well how many YEARS has it been since we have had a franchise QB ??? Culpepper and Cunningham arent franchise QB’s. Cutler is and he is young with a rifle for an arm. Alot of ppl say he hasnt won anything in Denver. Well when you play musical running backs and have a Horrible Defense that couldnt stop my great grandma from scoring on them, its kinda hard to be relavent. I do know Denver had the 2nd best Offense last year. So we know that Cutler can put up the numbers. All I know is we better do everything in our power and throw the house at Denver to land Cutler. If they dont then I will be one very very upset fan, im sure I wont be the only one

  • Dave

    To be honest, I would love a great QB (or a better than average QB for that matter) but unless we have better coaching and play calling then it doesn’t really matter who we have under center.  Until we get rid of Childress nothing will change!

  • Ryan

    I really don’t think Childress is the problem…. he had great success with the Eagles back in the day taking them to the Super Bowl and a bunch of NFC Championships, in Philly he had a QB he could trust and the second he puts trust in our QB’s they throw 3 interceptions that cost us the game, so don’t tell me it’s all Childress because I guarantee if we had a great QB like he had with McNabb we would see a totally different offense on the field. 

  • Ryan

    I am not gonna take any credit for this, but someone I know came up with an ineresting trade idea between the Vikings, Broncos, and the Browns….

    Vikings get: Jay Cutler, Browns 5th, Tatum Bell
    Broncos get: Derek Anderson, Shaun Rogers, Vikings 1st
    Browns get: Chester Taylor, Tony Scheffler, Vikings 3rd,
    Go.

  • Mike

    Vikings would essentially get Cutler, nothing else of consequence, for a 1st, 3rd and Chester.  This would be a lot for Wilf and Chilly to give up, especially after the Allen trade last year, but let’s assume they agree.  The biggest problem would be the Broncos are demanding a QB solution and I don’t think Derek Anderson would qualify, whereas Brady Quinn might, but then the Browns would be left without a QB they want.  Either the Broncos or Browns will probably bolt from this trade simply because there are only 2 decent QBs among the 3 teams.

  • Those We Don’t Speak Of

    To say that Childress had great success with the Eagles is kind of joke. He wasn’t even allowed to call plays in Philly, Andy Reid did that. Thats why the Eagles haven’t missed a beat since Chilly left. They’re still going to the playoffs on a regular basis, making it to the divisional round a few years back and then the NFC Championship last year. And Chilly essentially took 3 years to get the Vikings back to where Mike Tice had the team when he left.

  • http://Pennsylvania bernie jelinek

    We need Brian Billick to help revive our offensive playbook, that is ,after we get Cutler to Minnesota. Remember those days when we averaged 35 points a game, and scored the most points ever in one season- that was Brian Billick. Childress should stay, just to keep the players out of trouble, but we need an offensive coordinator, like right now. If this Cutler chance falls through, and the Vikings miss the playoffs this season, say goodbye to Chilly.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    i think you should say goodbye to chilly anyway

  • Mike

    Ryan’s 3-way trade could happen but not the same way.  I was right Denver wants Brady Quinn but wrong that Cleveland wouldn’t be happy with Derek Anderson.  The problem is NFL experts are saying only the Jets, Bucs and Lions (and not the Vikings) are willing to pay the price with Denver and Cleveland.  Hopefully, the Jets get Cutler and the Vikes get Favre.