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Monday, March 16, 2009
Black and Blue all over: Kampman's silence

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

We're keeping an eye on the situation involving Denver quarterback Jay Cutler, who told ESPN.com on Sunday night that he has asked the Broncos to trade him. If that comes to pass, as many as three NFC North teams will be mentioned in the public discussion of possible destinations.

We'll get to all that in a post a bit later Monday morning, but those teams rhyme with Bicago, Letroit and Vinnesota. First, however, let's catch up on a few items of weekend news.

The big story coming out of this weekend's Fan Fest in Green Bay was that the Packers don't plan to retire Brett Favre's No. 4 jersey this season for reasons that team president/CEO Mark Murphy articulated here. But the most interesting note that jumped out to me was new veteran Aaron Kampman's decision to decline interview requests about his move from defensive end to linebacker.

As Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal notes, Kampman is one of the Packers' most media-friendly players. He is a not a rock-the-boat character by any means. But he understands the media game and has always been willing to answer any question while simultaneously avoiding any inflammatory comments.

All of which makes you wonder why Kampman has shut down the interview circuit this offseason and whether it relates to his mid-career position switch -- one that on paper, at least, figures to be a challenge. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers said over the weekend that Kampman had some understandable concerns about the move, but by all accounts the plan to use him at linebacker is moving forward.

Kampman will no doubt bear down and do what's asked of him. But does he think it's a good idea? That's for another time -- and question.

Continuing around the NFC North on a busier-than-expected weekend: