The Jay Cutler saga has reached new heights after Broncos owner Pat Bowlen‘s announcement that the team intends to trade their deeply disgruntled quarterback. Here is the official statement via the team’s website:
Numerous attempts to contact Jay Cutler in the last 10 days, both byand myself, have been unsuccessful.
A conversation with his agent earlier today clearly communicated and confirmed to us that Jay no longer has any desire to play for the Denver Broncos.
We will begin discussions with other teams in an effort to accommodate his request to be traded.
Cutler’s own version of operation shutdown has already resulted in $100,000 in fines for all the off-season activities he’s missed. I’d say, if a guy voluntarily forfeits 100 grand just to send a message to his team that he doesn’t want to play there, he must be pretty serious. It will be interesting to see what kind of deal Denver is able to get, given the position they’ve been put in. And it will be even more interesting to see if the Vikings jump back into the fray after those reports about an earlier potential deal being nixed by “some elements” in the coaching staff. I personally think there’s a better chance of a crazy Cutler-to-Jets, Favre-to-Vikings chain reaction than an actual Cutler-to-Vikings trade, but that could just be the sleep deprivation talking.