McDaniels stands firm on Cutler

March, 23, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

DANA POINT, Calif. -- The Denver Broncos don't sound like they are entering the NFL owners' meeting with the intention of trading unhappy quarterback Jay Cutler.

As teams gather and prepare to talk turkey with Denver, new Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said Cutler is "our quarterback."

McDaniels' reiteration likely will not sway teams from trying to trade for Cutler. The Denver Post reported last week that 10 teams were interested in Cutler. The New York Daily News is reporting that the Jets want Cutler.

More trade talk is expected. Still, the Broncos have not opened the trade doors yet. Sources say the Broncos want to talk to Cutler a third time to try to get on the same page before talking trade.

The biggest stumbling block for the Broncos in dealing Cutler is they don't have a quarterback to start if he is traded. If Denver can devise a plan to get a suitable starter in a trade or through the draft, and it thinks the Cutler problem is beyond repair, it may start listening.

But McDaniels' comments Monday shows, at least publicly, the team isn't there yet.

Meanwhile, the Denver Post is reporting the team may be interested in trading running backs Ryan Torain or Peyton Hillis. Both players were rookies last season and both were put on injured reserve. Denver has added three veteran running backs -- Correll Buckhalter, J.J. Arrington and LaMont Jordan -- this offseason. Hillis was very impressive when he played last season and he is versatile, so a trade involving him would be somewhat surprising.

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ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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