Jay Cutler is mad and he should be. Anyone would be. Last weekend he basically experienced the equivalent of walking in on his girlfriend getting ready to cheat on him and apparently here's supposed act as if nothing happened.
The fact that she didn't go through with the deed and is pulling the whole "it wasn't what it looked like" card doesn't change the facts. He's simply not wanted anymore. She may want to sit down with him now and patch things up but the reality is that Cutler right now is in a relationship he doesn't want to be in anymore.
Time may heal his wounds but in all likelihood he'll never forget what happened and his days in Denver are certainly numbered.
It isn't just that the Broncos were prepared to ship Cutler to Detroit or Tampa Bay, were angling to get Matt Cassel to replace him or that they kept Cutler in the dark all the while, it was all of the above.
Not only did they want to get rid of Cutler after a career year when he made the Pro Bowl but they were prepared to ship him off to Detroit, the NFL's version of The Bermuda Triangle these days, if it would have netted them Cassel.
That is probably the most stinging part of the whole situation for Cutler. It would be one thing if he was part of a deal that would have brought over an experienced veteran that would have given the Broncos something he couldn't, but he was being shopped around for Cassel, a player who before last season hadn't started a game since high school.
Cutler may not come out and say it out of respect for a fellow quarterback, but the fact that new Broncos coach and former New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels made it known that he would rather have Cassel over Cutler is the biggest slap in the face.
Here's the thing about Cassel that the Chiefs will learn and the Broncos almost found out: it's a lot easier to drive an offense that was running on all cylinders when you took it over than trying to jumpstart one from scratch. Cassel had the luxury of throwing to Randy Moss and Wes Welker in an offense that didn't force him to carry the load, whereas in Kansas City (or wherever he would have ended up), he is being viewed as a franchise quarterback.
Who knows, maybe he will be, but considering his sudden rise to fame, he looks more likely to be the second coming of Scott Mitchell or Elvis Grbac rather than Tom Brady or Steve Young.
That might not be the Broncos' problem anymore, but the fact that they were willing and hoping to roll the dice with Cassel at the expense of Cutler gives them a far bigger problem -- a disgruntled franchise quarterback looking to get out and no backup plan.