Talk of trade causes strain

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --- Trade talks involving Jay Cutler have strained the relationship between the Denver Broncos' franchise quarterback and new coach Josh McDaniels.

Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler said he was angry his name came up in trade talks. Coach Josh McDaniels said he did not initiate the talks.  Associated Press
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Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler said he was angry his name came up in trade talks. Coach Josh McDaniels said he did not initiate the talks.

Before Matt Cassel was traded from New England to Kansas City on Saturday, 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, a career backup since high school, to an 11-5 record after Tom Brady's season-ending knee injury on opening weekend.

Cutler, the 11th overall pick out of Vanderbilt in the 2006 draft, told The Denver Post he was angry his name even came up in trade talks and said he still feels he's on the trading block -- something McDaniels denies.

"We don't want to trade Jay. We never did. He's our quarterback," McDaniels told the newspaper.

He noted that the Broncos didn't initiate the trade talks, only listened. Left unsaid, however, was anything about whether the Broncos nixed the proposed deal.

Cutler, the face of this franchise, isn't convinced the Broncos aren't still trying to trade him.

Giants: New defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan got a little more depth, with the team signing former Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Rocky Bernard as a free agent.

Bernard signed what is believed to be a four-year $16 million Saturday night, hours after the Giants signed former Atlanta Falcons linebacker Michael Boley .

"He's a veteran defensive tackle with skins on the wall," Giants general manager Jerry Reese said. "He plays hard, he's stout against the run and he has to be accounted for as a pass rusher."

SEAHAWKS: Free agent defensive tackle Colin Cole has agreed to a five-year, $21.4 million contract that includes $6 million in guaranteed money, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.

Cole, 28, played the past five seasons for the Green Bay Packers, making eight starts and earning significant playing time in Green Bay's defensive tackle rotation.

His departure is a setback for the Packers, who struggled on defense last season but could point to Cole as one of their most consistent players.


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