Expect Lions to stay interested in Cutler

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

DANA POINT, Calif. -- Does the fact that the Detroit Lions are beginning to talk to prospective No.1 picks about a contract mean the Lions are out of the mix for Denver quarterback Jay Cutler?

No, not at all.

The Lions are talking to several players to feel them out. They are trying to figure out what it will take to get a player signed. They are checking out their options.

They could do the same thing if Cutler becomes available. The Lions could decide that pursing Cutler could be the best way to use their top pick. It has been reported that the Lions are expected to pursue Cutler. A package that would include the top pick for Cutler would be difficult for other teams to outbid if Denver starts listening to offers for Cutler.

Even if the Lions go elsewhere with the top pick, they could still try to get in on Cutler. The Lions also have the No. 20 pick and perhaps they could try to center a package on that pick. So, unless the Lions agree to terms on a contract with a quarterback, they must be considered a player in the Cutler sweepstakes.

Count the New York Jets in as well. The New York Daily News is reporting the Jets told Denver they want Cutler.

Still, the Broncos are holding out hope they can still figure out their mess with Cutler. However, expect several teams to make like the Jets and express interest while this saga continues.

There is no doubt there will be plenty of similar stories centered in teams pursuing Cutler this week as NFL teams converge near the Pacific Ocean. There's no doubt Cutler is the big fish of these meetings.