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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Black and Blue all over: Orton secure


Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Kyle Orton, for one, sees no need for Chicago to pursue disgruntled Denver quarterback Jay Cutler. Speaking to reporters Tuesday at the opening of Bears minicamp, Orton said:

"I'm real proud of what I've done early in my career and feel like I'm going to be a good quarterback for a long time. I don't think I have that much stuff to worry about."

General manager Jerry Angelo and coach Lovie Smith both declined to address Cutler's potential availability, noting NFL tampering rules. David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune notes that both men passed on quelling speculation by simply saying they have no plans to upgrade the quarterback position.

But from the sound of things Tuesday, there is every indication that Orton will be the Bears' quarterback in 2009. Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Sun-Times notes Orton handled a series of Cutler-related questions well:

If Orton's performance Tuesday is any indicator of how he'll respond under pressure on the field, you have to figure the Bears already have their man.

Continuing around the NFC North: