ENGLEWOOD — Jay Cutler says he wants to break up. The Denver Broncos say they want to make up.
The Pro Bowl quarterback was a no-show on Monday for coach Josh McDaniels’ first team meeting and the start of the Broncos’ offseason workouts, and if he gets his way, he’ll never step foot in the team’s training facility again.
“The Denver Broncos confirm that Jay Cutler has requested a trade,” team spokesman Jim Saccomano told The Associated Press on Monday.
McDaniels declined interview requests after telling The Denver Post that he wanted to meet again with Cutler to try to resolve their differences before he considers a trade.
McDaniels briefly addressed his broiling quarterback controversy when he gathered his team as a group for the first time Monday morning.
“He just addressed it and said, ‘I’ll take care of it,'” recounted defensive lineman Kenny Peterson.
Cutler is upset that the Broncos tried to trade him for New England quarterback Matt Cassel last month and what he considers McDaniels’ misleading answers to his inquiries about those discussions.
So, he asked for a trade through his agent, Bus Cook, who engineered Brett Favre’s departure from Green Bay last summer.
The sides met face-to-face for the first time Saturday and Cutler came away convinced McDaniels wanted someone else under center while the Broncos were incredulous that the gathering didn’t result in a resolution to this nasty spat.
They told Cutler they expected him to attend Monday’s meeting and workout even though it’s voluntary.
Newly signed cornerback Andre’ Goodman said McDaniels asked the players not to talk about what he said in the meeting regarding Cutler.
Still, there was a major void in the room with Cutler missing, Goodman said.
“I think the quarterback is the face of the team,” Goodman said. “You take the coach out of it and he is the face of the team.”
Perhaps subconsciously, Royal slipped into the past tense when speaking about Cutler.
“As you know, he was a great competitor, you always saw in his eye that he wanted to win, came to practice prepared every day,” Royal said. “So, you knew what you were getting out of Jay.”
The question now is whether the Broncos will get anything more out of him on the football field or by way of compensation in a trade.