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Multiple reports have indentified Tampa Bay and Detroit as the two potential suitors who discussed a possible three-way trade to land Denver quarterback Jay Cutler. But according to this story from Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports, two other members of the NFC North figured prominently in those discussions as well.
According to the report, Minnesota was the first team to discuss a deal but ultimately walked away because "elements" of the Vikings' coaching staff weren't sold on Cutler. Chicago also discussed his availability along with the Lions and the Buccaneers.
Tom Powers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press is convinced the "element" is Vikings coach Brad Childress, who has a long-term investment in developing Tarvaris Jackson, but has said he plans a competition between Jackson and Sage Rosenfels. Powers writes:
So let me try to follow this: Brad Childress isn't sold on Jay Cutler, but he's sold on Tarvaris Jackson[?]
We've speculated that the Vikings, Bears and Lions all make sense as possible landing spots for Cutler. The biggest obstacle remains the Broncos' willingness to part ways with him. During the NFL owners' meeting this week, Denver coach Josh McDaniels said he has no plans to initiate trade discussions.
Continuing around the NFC North based on links available late Wednesday night: