When the Denver Broncos stated publicly several days ago that they were going to attempt to trade Jay Cutler, several Broncos players said they reached out to Cutler. They called. He didn't return their calls.
Some tried again. Some tried for several days. Nothing. Cutler blew them off, according to several NFL sources.
"Jay just sort of disappeared," said one Broncos player. "None of the team leaders could reach him."
Maybe once Cutler knew he was being traded, he didn't care. But it's an odd approach for Cutler to take in what was truly an odd last few weeks for Cutler and the team.
It's one thing for Cutler to stop speaking to management. It's another to apparently not return the calls of fellow NFL players.
One player said that some of the Broncos considered Cutler a friend and thought it was extremely bizarre he didn't get back to them.
Were the players I spoke to complaining? No. They like Cutler. They were just making an observation and saying they had rarely seen a player do anything like this.
They just thought it was very...different.
Considering what Chicago gave up to get Cutler, it's a tremendous risk trading for him, especially since Cutler is apparently extremely thin skinned and a tad odd.
The Bears now have one talented -- but extremely weird -- quarterback on their team.
Good luck, Chicago.