Denver needs the same end game as San Diego

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

AFC West crisis meter: One crisis averted, another in full bloom.

The results of a kinetic Tuesday night in the AFC West is this: The San Diego Chargers and LaDainian Tomlinson settled their issues and remain married. The Denver Broncos and Jay Cutler, on the other hand, continue to have a fractured relationship.

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The Broncos, who believe the relationship with Cutler is fine after a conference call between the two sides Monday, and Cutler need to come to an accord -- and fast.

Denver's chief competition in the division just secured one of their better players in the form of Tomlinson. Denver has to realize that if it is going to bypass San Diego in the division it needs Cutler.

San Diego and Tomlinson have come together, and Denver and Cutler need to do the same.

Of course, the situation in Denver is far more contentious than Tomlinson's situation ever was in San Diego. Yes, in the past couple of weeks Tomlinson's situation got a tad rocky at times. Cutler's situation in Denver is explosive.

Cutler and Denver are far apart, but the two sides can still come together. It is not too late. If Cutler shows up to the offseason workout program that starts Monday in Denver and the two sides can come to live with each other, Cutler and the Broncos can still work and live together. The truth is, Denver has no other options at quarterback and it needs Cutler.

There are no other choices.