Tomorrow, the Denver Broncos begin their off-season workout program, which is voluntary under the league's collective bargaining agreement.
Despite the tension between QB Jay Cutler and coach Josh McDaniels, Cutler planned on attending McDaniels' first team meeting Monday per Mike Klis of the Denver Post. However, Cutler had a change of heart based on how a meeting with the Broncos went this weekend.
The situation seems to have deteriorated enough that Broncos owner Pat Bowlen acknowledged the possibility of Cutler leaving town. Both Cutler, who has three years left on his contract, and his parents have placed Denver property on the market over the past week.
"I'm very disappointed," Broncos owner Pat Bowlen said Sunday. "I'm disappointed in the whole picture, not just disappointed that we might lose our star quarterback."
The first mandatory team meeting is the Broncos' mini-camp, which runs from April 17 to 19. If Cutler doesn't show for mini-camp, the team can fine him for each day he misses.
Cutler is due to earn $1.035 million this season and $100,000 bonus if he were to attend 90% of the off-season conditioning program.
If Cutler is traded, which likely wouldn't happen until the NFL draft, Klis believes his preferences would be Tennessee (Cutler went to Vanderbilt) or Chicago (his childhood favorite team). According to Klis, other possibilities include Cleveland, Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Detroit and Arizona.
Both the Titans (Vince Young, 3rd overall pick) and Cardinals (Matt Leinart, 10th overall pick) drafted QBs ahead of Cutler (11th overall pick) in the 2006 NFL draft
. Both Young and Leinart have struggled early in their careers and are back-ups to veteran QBs.
Cutler says that until the situation has been resolved that James "Bus" Cook, his agent, must be present for all conversations with team officials.
This is now the second consecutive year that a huge standoff between a star QB and a team has happened. The one thing in common is Cook, who also represents Brett Favre.