Cutler makes nice about Denver return

August 26, 2009
photo - Quarterback Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears play the Broncos in Denver on Sunday. Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Quarterback Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears play the Broncos in Denver on Sunday. Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 

ENGLEWOOD • His career in Denver ended under shocking and contentious circumstances, but Jay Cutler remembers the good times.

Cutler’s controversial exit clouds the impressive resume he put together in his three years as Broncos quarterback: 9,024 yards, 54 touchdowns and a Pro Bowl appearance. Even though he expects to get booed loudly when he comes back with the Bears for Sunday’s preseason game at Invesco Field at Mile High, there might be a little nostalgia.

“I had fun in Denver,” Cutler said in a teleconference with Colorado media Wednesday. “It’s not like I didn’t enjoy my time there, because I did. I loved my teammates, loved playing there, but certain things happen that force you to move, and one of those things did happen.”  

That “thing” was a trade that will live in Broncos lore. Cutler didn’t want to talk much about that or anything else that could add any heat to Sunday’s preseason game. He repeatedly said he and the Broncos are happy and have moved on. He wouldn’t even bite when asked how he would rank Broncos fans — he created a bit of a stir when he told a Chicago radio station that Bears fans were a “9” and Broncos fans were a “6.”

“I wouldn’t even acknowledge the question,” Cutler said. “I’m not going back down that road. No matter what I say is going to be wrong.”

Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton, who was part of the Cutler trade, also didn’t want to say much about facing his former team.

“I look forward to every game we play,” Orton said. “This is certainly one more chance to face a good defense.”

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