Ever since Josh McDaniels took over in Denver, he rubbed QB Jay Cutler the wrong way -- far more than Eric Mangini did to Shaun Rogers, apparently. Yesterday, McDaniels was scheduled to meet with Cutler to "patch things up". Instead, this was the result of it, according to Cutler (via ESPN)...
"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."
Sheesh. Let's pray Rogers doesn't end up feeling the same when he talks to Mangini.
After this meeting, John Clayton of ESPN speculated that the Browns could be the frontrunner in a possible trade for Denver. Why? Because Denver needs a starting quarterback in exchange for Cutler, and the Browns have two of them. Where does the problem lay in that situation? Well...we don't need a starting quarterback.
This could, however, hurt the market for Derek Anderson. If teams interested in Anderson -- such as the Jets or the Buccaneers -- dedicate their attention to Cutler instead, Anderson could end up being sold for lower value.
The ideal situation?
Cutler gets traded to a team for a first round pick, and then the Broncos turn around and ship that pick to us for Anderson; three-way trade style. Nothing but pure speculation on my part...don't go and start quoting me on RotoWorld or something.