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Morris staying away from Cutler questions



Bucs coach Raheem Morris would not address the Bucs possible interest in trading for Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler.

The Bucs were part of a failed effort to land Cutler in a three-way deal Feb. 28 and the Broncos said Tuesday they will attempt to deal their 25-year-old Pro Bowl passer.

"You look for anybody to improve your team, obviously,'' Morris said. "But you know, with that situation in particular, I mean, he's under contract so you don't discuss those issues.''

Morris said he has had no recent talks with quarterback Luke  McCown, Josh Johnson or Brian Griese about the Bucs' efforts to land a fourth passer. 

"I addressed that early on when you talk about competition,'' Morris said. "We want to have the most competitive building in football. We talked about that early. We're going to bring people in here to compete at every position. That's what we want, that's what we're going to develop, that's what we're going to encourage, that's what we're going to force.''

Morris says he has been focused on conducting the Bucs three-day minicamp, which concludes Thursday morning.

"Right now, my job is to run the football team on the practice field,'' Morris said. "And that's what I'm doing. The things that happen in the background, (general manager) Mark Dominik usually handles. He'll keep me abreast. We'll speak at night. We'll talk and do what we have to do between practices or whatever. But for the most part, my job is to run the football team, the guys that are here.

"Anything that stimulates competition, you're excited about.''



[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:29pm]


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