Soap opera in Denver? Just change the station 

March, 16, 2009
My six-year-old daughter came home from school recently and complained about her best friend, saying they can't get along, that she can't play with her at recess, had to find another table to eat lunch at, and more travesties. One of them claimed the other wasn't the first choice to be her best friend, or said something to someone else about something or other, I don't know. I told her not to worry, these things eventually work out, and they will resume recess, lunch and other important plans any day now. It is, you know, kid stuff.

Which brings us to quarterback Jay Cutler, coach Josh McDaniels and those Denver Broncos. I tell you, wise, mature fantasy owners, this is all going to work out. Like Manny Ramirez and the Dodgers, there's no other way. And even in the remote possibility Cutler's newfound trade demands become a reality, it's not like he's headed to the CFL or XFL or, well, the Lions. He'll play somewhere and deliver nice fantasy numbers. He did this in 2008 despite no single running back on the Broncos rushing for 350 yards, and the even more enigmatic Brandon Marshall disappearing for stretches. This is a business, and Cutler is a solid quarterback in any system. I just think he'll end up remaining in the Denver one when cooler heads prevail.

Whether the Broncos really want their Pro Bowl quarterback or not, or whether the Pro Bowl quarterback wants to play in Denver or not, the point is it's not so easy for NFL teams to put a trade together. This is not a fantasy league! Cutler isn't going to be swapped for Aaron Rodgers, Donovan McNabb or the rights to a college kid. Sure, Brett Favre got moved a summer ago, but the Packers had someone in place. The Broncos, whether you believe they tried to acquire Matt Cassel or not, have Cutler, and that's it. I'm very skeptical a trade is pending.