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Cutler talk 'elevator music' to McCown



Persistent reports that the Bucs are attempting to trade for Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler have been tuned out by Luke McCown.

Tampa Bay's quarterback in waiting split reps for the third day with second-year pro Josh Johnson to wrap up the team's voluntary minicamp.

In fact, McCown was amused by an April Fool's joke played by FOX Sports Radio that 'reported' Wednesday night Cutler had been traded to the Bucs for first and third round picks and defensive tackle Chris Hovan.

"That's what the holiday is about if it's a holiday,'' McCown said. "That's funny. But I'm glad we've still got our first (round) and third (round picks) and Hovan so far.''

The Bucs and Redskins are considered the top suitors for Cutler. The Broncos are seeking at least two No. 1 picks in exchange for their 25-year-old Pro Bowl passer.

McCown has dealt with speculation that the Bucs were attempting to trade for Cutler ever since Feb. 28, when Tampa Bay's three-way deal fell through.

"If there's any validity to them, who knows?'' McCown said. "But it doesn't bother me, it doesn't bother Josh. We're out here competing.

"That's just elevator music. I mean, you learn that it's in the background, you hear it, you don't pay attention to it. It doesn't affect you. It can't affect your mood, it can't affect your preparation. That's part of being a professional. It's just that tunnel (vision), you have to have it. And you've just got to love what you do so much that it doesn't matter.''

McCown said his faith prevents him from worrying about his future with the team.

"For me, and all you guys know how much I rely on my faith, that is my basis, that's my core, that's who I am,'' McCown said. "That's not just something I believe, that's how I live my life. It's the fact that God has complete control over my life, over every situation in my life and that makes it easy for me to have tunnel vision and just see what's going on in front of me. I don't have to worry what's going on the outside. Ultimately, if that's what God wants, it's going to be and it's going to be the best for me.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:30pm]


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