According to reports, the Denver Broncos have the pedal to the metal in efforts to drive Jay Cutler right out of town.
Word is that a deal could be struck as soon as Friday for the Pro Bowl quarterback. Washington, Tampa Bay, the New York Jets and Bears are believed to be primary contenders. ESPN.com and the Tampa Tribune are reporting that the Broncos want at least two first-round draft picks and it is not necessary that they receive a quarterback in return.
That has to help the Bears as it's no sure thing Denver would want to receive Kyle Orton to put him in the mix with Chris Simms as the next quarterback of the Broncos. It could be Denver will pursue a passer in the draft. The Broncos' own first-round pick is No. 12 overall. The Broncos likely want to put this embarrassing fiasco behind them as soon as possible as it is not going to go away easily for their fan base. Consummating a deal quickly will allow Denver to switch the focus to the draft and prepare for the team's first minicamp April 17-19.
Our colleague Mike Mulligan reported that the action got so intense for Cutler on Wednesday that the Broncos stopped answering the phones. They were having teams communicate via e-mail and text messages. Here is a comprehensive timeline by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson on the Mile High meltdown that is leading to this trade that that was really unthinkable even just a week ago.