Here's a message, Jay Cutler: Last time I checked, you were a member of a team. That's right, a team comprised of 52 other professionals besides yourself, as well as a coaching staff who knows more about the game than you do and a front office whose employees spend their daily lives figuring out the best combination of 53 year-round. This means kicking the tires on bringing in Matt Cassel, this means reserving the right to change their minds on offensive coordinators and yes, this even means deciding whether to trade you or sit you in street clothes for a season, until you get the message.
For the record, Cutler is a very good quarterback, maybe even among the league's Top 10. But just because you throw for 4,500 yards doesn't mean you are untouchable, especially if your record as a starter is only 17-20. Besides, no one really knows the full parameters of the proposed three-way that would have brought Cassel to Denver and sent Cutler to Tampa Bay. It may have involved a linebacker or defensive tackle coming over as well. It may have been about upgrading the roster, which is what any team regime should be concerned with. Further, a new coach needs all the help he can get. If he has a chance to get the quarterback he's worked with the past couple years, then he should do it. Now, I personally think Cassel will sink faster than the Titanic in Kansas City, but that's just me. If Josh McDaniels wanted him, he should have gone after him, no apologies to the little whiner with the poopy-filled diaper.
So hurt is "Baby Jay", as he will be henceforth known in this article, that he has refused to call the Broncos back in the past ten days. Now listen, I'm a high school teacher, making a fraction of Baby Jay's salary. If my principal calls me and I don't call back within a reasonable time, I won't be a teacher very long. In fact, if I don't report for work three days straight without calling, I'm automatically out of a job. But I guess that's life in our little topsy-turvy world.
With that in mind, here is what I would do with Baby Jay:
1. Trade him to Detroit. At least let it be known that while Baby Jay can sulk his way out of Denver, he doesn't get to decide where he ultimately ends up. In fact, if you really want to insult his fragile ego (and I would relish the opportunity), trade him to the Lions for the 33rd pick, one of their two 3rd rounders, a late-round pick and a second or third rounder next year.
Besides, shipping him to Detroit would send Baby Jay and agent Bus Cook a strong message: It can always be worse.
2. Only do the Cleveland trade if you get back Brady Quinn and Shaun Rogers. Quinn actually seems coachable, and Denver needs a big fat tackle clogging the middle.
3. Sit him and fine him for conduct detrimental to the team. Do it as much as you can. Tell him he can either shut up and play or sit the season out. The only reason this isn't my favorite is that Denver isn't getting anything out of him.