Cutler asks for trade

The Baltimore Sun

Jay Cutler says he wants to break up. The Denver Broncos say they want to make up.

The Pro Bowl quarterback was a no-show yesterday for coach Josh McDaniels' first team meeting and the start of offseason workouts, and if he gets his way, he'll never step foot in the team's training facility again.

"The Denver Broncos confirm that Jay Cutler has requested a trade," team spokesman Jim Saccomano told the Associated Press.

McDaniels declined interview requests after telling The Denver Post that he wanted to meet again with Cutler to try to resolve their differences before he considers a trade.

McDaniels briefly addressed the controversy when he gathered his team as a group for the first time yesterday morning.

"He just addressed it and said, 'I'll take care of it,' " defensive lineman Kenny Peterson recounted.

Cutler is upset that the Broncos tried to trade him for New England Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel last month and what he considers McDaniels' misleading answers to his inquiries about those discussions.

The sides met face-to-face for the first time Saturday and Cutler came away convinced McDaniels wanted someone else under center while the Broncos were incredulous that the gathering didn't result in a resolution to this nasty spat. Cutler is entering the fourth season of a six-year, $48 million contract he signed as a rookie.

Jaguars: : Jacksonville waived receiver Matt Jones, parting ways with the 2005 first-round draft pick just days after his latest arrest. Jones was jailed last week in Arkansas for violating a plea agreement that stemmed from a drug charge in 2008. He is awaiting an April 13 court appearance. Last season was the best of Jones' career; he caught 65 passes for 761 yards and two touchdowns.

Panthers: : Carolina denied a report that it has discussed trading four-time Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers to the Patriots. The Panthers aren't allowed to have any trade talks involving Peppers until he signs his one-year tender worth $16.7 million - or until his agent brokers a deal with another team and comes to Carolina for approval., citing unidentified sources, reported the Panthers and Patriots were close to a deal that would send Peppers to the Patriots for New England's second-round pick, 34th overall.

Missing players:: Records from the search for two missing NFL players and two friends paint a bleak picture of what happened after their boat overturned off Tampa, Fla. According to documents obtained by the AP, lone survivor Nick Schuyler told the Coast Guard one man "freaked out" and took off his life vest Feb. 28, the night the boat capsized. Later that night, another became unruly and threw punches. He took off his life vest, dived and never resurfaced. A third thought he saw land and decided to swim. The men's names were redacted in the report.

Union: : DeMaurice Smith, elected Sunday as executive director of the NFL Players Association, asked former Colts coach Tony Dungy to serve as a liaison between players and the league office for on- and off-field player issues, a source told ESPN.

Browns: : Miami police are awaiting a toxicology report before releasing details about their investigation of receiver Donte' Stallworth, who hit and killed a pedestrian with his Bentley over the weekend. Results are expected by the end of the week.

Redskins:: Washington re-signed kicker Shaun Suisham.

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