Jay Cutler’s Agenda Didn’t Jive With Denver’s Plans: That’s Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen’s Story, And He’s Sticking To ItMay 22, 2009 – 8:15 am by Michael Bean
NFL fans are going to hear an awful lot about how the Denver Broncos fare in 2009 after deciding to trade quarterback Jay Cutler to the Chicago Bears this past April. It’s just not that often that an organization parts ways with their fourth year franchise quarterback that has stayed out of legal trouble and shown tremendous promise in each of his first three years in the league. Broncos owner Pat Bowlen joined ESPN Radio Chicago to talk about how the Cutler trade went down, and how the organization is fully committed to taking things in a new direction under the leadership of first year head coach Josh McDaniels.
What are the Bears getting in Jay Cutler?
“They’re getting an extremely talented young quarterback.”
Any regrets about how the Cutler situation turned out?
“In my case, yeah. Jay and I got along. It just didn’t work out. However, I think he’s gone to a good place in Chicago. I think he’ll be a real asset to them and we’re moving on to a different direction.”
Could it have ended differently?
“You know, I don’t want to go down that road with Jay. I mean, Jay had his own agenda and you know I respect that. It just didn’t work out for him as for staying in Denver.”
Questioning Cutler’s tools?
“No, no, I think Jay was a very talented quarterback and he’s very early in his career and he has an opportunity to go on and be considered one of the better quarterbacks. So I don’t think there is any doubt in my mind that he has the physical and mental tools to do very well.”
What do you think about what you got in return in Kyle Orton?
“It’s a little early for me to start commenting on stuff like that, so we’ll see. We’re going through some OTAs and you know we’re watching guys throw footballs around. But, we’re a long way away-at least I’m a long way-from making any serious judgment calls on who is going to be good and who isn’t.”
Listen here to Pat Bowlen on ESPN Radio Chicago with Waddle and Silvy (39:10 into podcast)