North Notes: Cutler, Leonhard, Peterson

Tonight’s look at the North divisions..

  • We could see the emergence of a possibly intriguing quarterback trade market, as Bill Barnwell of Grantland writes. That includes Bears signal caller Jay Cutler, whom management is reportedly having buyer’s remorse over. If the Bears did decide to put him on the block, Cutler would likely be the most talented and most highly-regarded QB available. Teams looking for a quarterback like the Jets, Texans, and Titans could all have interest.
  • It sounds like Browns coach Mike Pettine will try to convince Jim Leonhard out of retiring this offseason, writes Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. “We’ll cross that bridge at some point,” said Pettine, with a smile, when asked if he’ll make a plea to the veteran safety. Leonhard has played at each stop on Pettine’s NFL resume. He played for the Ravens during Pettine’s final season as their outside linebackers coach, the Jets in three of Pettine’s four seasons as their defensive coordinator, and the Bills last season when Pettine was their defensive coordinator.
  • Adrian Peterson is considering retirement but all things considered, Sid Hartman of the Star Tribune feels that a return to the Vikings remains likely. Peterson has also been connected to the Cowboys, but Hartman can’t envision the Cowboys letting Murray go in favor of AD.
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