Black and Blue all over: Kampman's silence
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:
- Free-agent offensive lineman John St. Clair plans to visit Cleveland on Monday, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times. That move means St. Clair isn't likely to be at the Bears' mandatory minicamp, which begins Tuesday. Chicago is trying to re-sign him to play right tackle and have offered a three-year, $4.5 million contract, according to Biggs.
- Bears linebacker Nick Roach will sign his exclusive rights contract tender on Monday, Biggs reports. The formality allows Roach to participate in minicamp.
- David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune has more questions than answers on the eve of Bears minicamp. Noting the possibility that only one defensive starter will change from last season, Haugh writes: "This is the most secure mediocre defense in the league."
- Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press thinks the Lions have filled enough holes in free agency that they can enter the draft without being forced to address a particular need.
- New Minnesota cornerback Karl Paymah upon signing with the Vikings: "I got the talent, but not the guidance. They got a legendary staff." Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.