Around The Web: Broncos Cuting Ties, T-Rich Charity, LJ & Vick, Officially #7

After a lot of posturing on both sides, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen announced Jay Cutler will be traded:cutler1

“Numerous attempts to contact Jay Cutler in the last 10 days, both by Head Coach Josh McDaniels and myself, have been unsuccessful. A conversation with his agent earlier today clearly communicated and confirmed to us that Jay no longer has any desire to play for the Denver Broncos. We will begin discussions with other teams in an effort to accommodate his request to be traded.”

As we all know, this all started because McDaniels tried to trade Cutler for Matt Cassel before the Pats sent him to the Chiefs for a second round pick.

Nothing about Jay Cutler ever truly impressed me but he does have a great arm and has had moments that made you think he could be one of the best in the league.  As we’ve seen with the Chiefs, having an unsettled quarterback situation can be deadly so this will help Kansas City in the short term.  But if Denver can find a comparable replacement then the extra picks they pick up will only help them bounce back.

Tony Richardson was always involved in the community during his time in Kansas City and he continues doing so in New York.  Randy Covitz reports Richardson is taking a cue from his late friend Derrick Thomas by starting a “trich1Dictionary Project” in New York, similar to Thomas’ “Third and Long” reading program.

Later today, Richardson will host 240 third-grade children and provide them with new dictionaries.  “The Dictionary Project” emphasizes the importance of literacy and education and is one of the many programs implemented by the “Rich In Spirit Foundation”.  He will also be recognized for his community service during the event and will receive an NFL Charities Grant to the tune of $25,000 as part of NFL Charities Week.

A fullback doesn’t make a team, but when T-Rich left for Minnesota that was the beginning of the end for the Chiefs.  There are certain guys you keep around no matter what direction you take a team.  Because besides being all world on the field at his position, he will set a great example for the younger players.

This morning, Bob Gretz compares today’s grievance hearing between the Chiefs and Larry Johnson with the Falcons trying to recoup bonus money from Michael Vick.  The main issue between the team and Johnson is the clause that changed guaranteed bonus money to incetive based after his league suspension.  The players association says the clause violates the collective bargaining agreement.

I can’t wait until this hearing is over with so the team can move forward one way or another.  I still think both sides want a divorce no matter what happens today, but either way let’s move on.  Once the money issue is settled then we can finally get to the matter of putting all the pieces together for the coming season.

There has been a guessing game about Matt Cassel’s number and yesterday an autographed Chiefs helmet got everyone worked up.  Now it’s official and Cassel will wear 7.

As I’ve said previously, craps is my game of choice and that number is one I never look forward to seeing.  But as far as the Chiefs go it was recently worn by immortals Justin Medlock and Casey Printers.  So Cassel can only go up from there!

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