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Monday, March 30, 2009
AFC West news and notes

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The Jay Cutler saga has been fairly quiet in Denver the past few days. A source close to the situation said that there hasn't been much communication between the two sides in recent days. Broncos' sources have said they want to let the situation calm down to give Cutler a chance to change his mind and return to the team.

He has asked to be traded and he is staying away from the team's offseason conditioning program. Still, if Cutler and the team don't come to a resolution by the April 25-26 draft, Denver could be forced into dealing him.

Marquis Cooper earned $28,493 from the NFL's performance based program. The Oakland linebacker was lost at sea a month ago after a boating accident in Florida. His family will receive the bonus money that is given to players who outperform their contract. Cooper was a special teams ace for Oakland after he was signed during the season.

Former San Diego receiver Eric Parker is working with the team as a temporary coach. Parker was cut last July because of injuries.

The Raiders have yet to arrange any pre-draft visits with the top draft prospects.