ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Trade talks involving Jay Cutler have strained the relationship between the Denver Broncos' franchise quarterback and new coach Josh McDaniels.
The tension stems from talks that preceded the trade that sent Matt Cassel from New England to Kansas City over the weekend.
Cutler's name came up in a proposed three-way deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that would have brought Cassel to Denver and landed
Cutler in South Florida.
McDaniels was the Patriots' offensive coordinator last season when he helped guide Cassel to an 11-5 record following Tom Brady's season-ending knee injury on opening weekend.
Cutler told the Denver Post he was angry that his name came up. He says he still feels he's on the trading block.
McDaniels says the Broncos don't want to trade Cutler and that Denver didn't initiate the talks. But Cutler's agent, Bus Cook, says his client had every right to be upset with the Broncos for even entertaining an offer for the Pro Bowl quarterback.
Cook told the Associated Press that it amounts to a vote of no confidence in Cutler.
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