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Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Black and Blue all over: Cutler from this angle

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Fans of at least two NFC North teams were no doubt intrigued by Tuesday night's developments regarding Denver quarterback Jay Cutler, whose conference call with Broncos officials left some wondering whether he will show up for the team's offseason program next Monday. If he doesn't and begins pushing for a trade, you would think Detroit and Minnesota will at least be entered into the public discussion for his services.

The Lions reportedly were involved in talk of a three-way deal last month that would have sent Matt Cassel to Denver and, presumably, Cutler to Detroit. David Birkett of the Oakland Press notes that Cutler and Lions receiver Calvin Johnson have the same agent (Bus Cook). Acquiring Cutler would leave the Lions free to draft an offensive tackle with the No. 1 overall pick, presuming they don't give it away in the trade.

It's important not to get ahead of ourselves. According to my ESPN.com colleague Bill Williamson, the Broncos re-emphasized to Cutler on Tuesday that they will not trade him. And even if that stance changes, there would still be plenty of work to do before he might land in Detroit.

Or Minnesota, for that matter. Vikings vice president Rick Spielman didn't rule out further additions last week, but he also said it would set the franchise back to gut another draft a year after giving up three high picks for defensive end Jared Allen. As always, stay tuned.

Now for a jaunt around the division: