By Daniel Williams, DENVER DAILY NEWS
Some Denver Broncos fans couldn’t wait for his departure, while others are still heartbroken he’s gone.
Either way, Jay Cutler is a Chicago Bear and no longer a Bronco.
And Wednesday the Denver media had their first crack at Cutler through a conference call; however, this time Cutler didn’t crack back as he has done repeatedly in Chicago, slamming the Broncos and Broncos’ fans on multiple occasions.
“Probably poorly,” Cutler said when asked how he expects to be received by the fans. “That would be my first guess.”
During the brief interview, Cutler refused to take cheap shots at the Broncos, repeatedly calling this weekend’s third preseason game between the Broncos and the Bears “only a preseason game,” and he even praised Broncos’ fans.
“They’re good fans there and how I left, it wasn’t the best situation, so that should be expected,” Cutler said. “But both sides are happy now, and we’re moving on, I’m not getting into specifics, and I’m sure they’re not either. It happened, it’s over with and we’re both moving in a different direction.”
Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels also downplayed Cutler’s comments and the game after practice Wednesday at Dove Valley.
“There are not two people playing out there on Sunday night. Jay is obviously a good player and doing some good things for them right now,” McDaniels said. “We are just into the Bears and what they do on every side of the ball and trying to improve our team and get ready to play a good football game Friday night.”
In other Broncos news…
With the injury of backup quarterback Chris Simms that is expected to sideline him for up to a month, the Broncos Wednesday announced the signing of quarterback/punter Ingle Martin.
Denver also on Wednesday waived rookie running back Marcus Thigpen, who signed with the team on Aug. 17, to make roster room for Martin.
Martin (6-foot-2, 220 pounds) is a third-year player who joins the Broncos after finishing last season with Kansas City. He also saw time on Tennessee’s practice squad from 2007-08 and competed on Green Bay’s active roster as a rookie in 2006.
Martin was selected by the Packers in the fifth round (148th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft from Furman University.
As a senior, he earned second-team All-Southern Conference honors at quarterback and added first-team accolades at punter, averaging 43.2 yards per punt.
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