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Lions were in Cassel talks
Posted Mar. 01 at 03:26 AM
There's an interesting blog note that's been posted by Tom Curren of NBC Sports. He writes that the Lions were also in the mix in the trade talks involving Matt Cassel.
The Lions, according to Curren, had the same role as the Bucs. They didn't want Cassel; they wanted to get Jay Cutler in exchange for a second-round pick (with New England then getting a first-rounder).
The Patriots, Curren figures, just went ahead with the Kansas City deal because the Bucs and Lions were late to the party and there were many obstacles that needed to be overcome. With both Tom Brady and Cassel promised huge contracts, the Patriots had pressure to get a deal done.
There is a chance, it seems, that Cutler could still be moved to Detroit or Tampa Bay. Those teams were interested in him yesterday; I suppose they would still want him today. And both of those teams have mid-round picks in the first (the Bucs have their own pick, and Detroit owns the 20th choice because of the Roy Williams trade to Dallas).
If Cutler were throwing, of course, that would dramatically increase the value of Calvin Johnson or Kellen Winslow.
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