Champ Bailey Picks Off Jay Cutler

April 2, 2009 – 7:52 am by Lance Zimmerman

That could be the reality if Jay Cutler winds up with Cleveland, Washington or any other of the 10 teams the Broncos face in the 2009 season.

Cutler is involved in one of the biggest soap operas currently going on in sports. He has wanted out of Denver since an alleged three-way ttrade for Matt Cassel went sideways.

Most recently he was involved in a he-said she-said battle with Broncos owner Pat Bowlen over his alleged attempt at trying to reach out to Cutler via telephone. He released a statement Tuesday stating that both him and new head coach Josh McDaniels had been unsuccessful in getting Cutler to call either of them back within the past 10 days. Cutler was asked via text message if he had been contacted by Bowlen directly, which he simply replied, “no”, via text.

All-Pro Champ Bailey joined 2 Live Stews on WQXI in Atlanta to discuss the Days of Our Lives, err, Jay Cutler and the Denver Broncos:

Champ’s take on the Jay Cutler Situation:

“I was a little surprised in the beginning because you’ve got a quarterback coming off his first Pro Bowl and with all of this ahead of him. He’s got so much potential to be one of the greatest. It shocked me at first but if you let it soak in a little you have to understand that it’s a business and guys are going to do whatever they want to make their team better or whatever makes the coach comfortable, that’s what he’s going to do. Him (Coach McDaniels) trying to get a guy (Matt Cassel) that he brought up from day one, I mean, its understandable.”

On what kind of locker room guy Jay Cutler is:

“He’s a likeable guy. He has a different personality than what most people would be used to. He’s still a great football player, prepares well. Whoever gets him he’s going to be great for them. They know what they’re getting. The downside of it is we don’t know what we’re going to get. Regardless of what you get on paper, whether it’s a first round pick, or a number one pick, whatever it may be, you still have to depend on the potential of that draft pick, or if it’s a player we bring in, you never know what you’re going to get.”

Did Champ see this possible trade coming?

“No I never saw it coming. The thing you have to understand is business, anybody is expendable. There’s always going to be a point in your career where teams try and get rid of you. It’s not a surprise to us. There are 31 other teams that might want you. It’s not a surprise to us, I mean we didn’t expect him (Jay Cutler) to do that, and he didn’t consult with anybody, but you know, it happens. It happens all the time, more than people think. This one just happened to get out.”

Listen to Champ Bailey on WQXI in Atlanta with the 2 Live Stews

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  1. 5 Responses to “Champ Bailey Picks Off Jay Cutler”

  2. Thanks for the interview, I have been wondering about what Champ thought, he is really the only good player left in Denver if Jay leaves.

    By Denver on Apr 2, 2009

  3. McDaniels has formulated his own team with his own guys. He just doesn’t know whether to call them the “Bronc-iots” or the Patri-os. Time will tell whether his free agent retreads and Kyle Orton can win or whether it was just really important to eliminate anything Shanahan.

    By John McNaughton on Apr 2, 2009

  4. The “him” in the 3rd question is not Jay Cutler, it’s McDaniels.

    By Nate on Apr 2, 2009

  5. No the “him” is Cutler. He’s the one that demanded a trade.

    By Josh on Apr 2, 2009

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