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Broncos to try to deal unhappy Cutler

Plaxico Burress and lawyer Ben Brafman (center) leave a Manhattan court after his gun possession case was pushed back. Plaxico Burress and lawyer Ben Brafman (center) leave a Manhattan court after his gun possession case was pushed back. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
Associated Press / April 1, 2009
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The Denver Broncos said yesterday they will grant Jay Cutler his request and try to trade the disgruntled quarterback.

There is no shortage of teams interested in the 25-year-old rocket-armed Pro Bowl signal-caller.

Broncos owner Pat Bowlen released a statement saying he and coach Josh McDaniels had been unable to get Cutler to call them back the last 10 days.

Bowlen said he spoke with Cutler's agent, Bus Cook, yesterday and came away convinced "Jay no longer has any desire to play for the Broncos."

Thus, Bowlen said, "We will begin discussions with other teams in an effort to accommodate his request to be traded."

Cutler has been upset since McDaniels had talks about dealing for Matt Cassel, whom he tutored last year as offensive coordinator of the Patriots.

Cassel ended up being traded to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Case continued
A gun possession case against the New York Giants' Plaxico Burress was adjourned until June unless he reaches a plea agreement with prosecutors to resolve the matter sooner.

Burress accidentally shot himself in the thigh with an unlicensed gun he'd stuffed into his waistband at a Manhattan nightclub last year. The wide receiver arrived at Manhattan Criminal Court in the company of his wife and his attorney.

Both sides agreed to adjourn the case to June 15 following a brief hearing before Judge Michael Yavinsky, and Burress's bail was continued.

Vick, Falcons settle
Michael Vick has agreed to pay the Atlanta Falcons at least $6.5 million as part of his bankruptcy case, moving closer to cutting ties with a team that doesn't want him back.

The settlement was reached ahead of Vick's bankruptcy hearing in Virginia tomorrow. The suspended quarterback arrived in his home state Monday afternoon and was being held at a jail in Suffolk, Va.

The Falcons are trying to trade Vick, who is still barred from the NFL as he serves a nearly two-year sentence for operating a dogfighting ring. If no deal is reached, Atlanta will likely cut him before training camp.

The Falcons settled their claim that Vick owed them nearly $21.2 million for bonuses he received before his guilty plea to federal dogfighting charges.

Slayings probed
Police are investigating whether two African immigrants slain at a Long Island condo owned by New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma were killed in retaliation for a fake money scam. The bodies of Sekou Sakor and Ansu Keita were found last week at the vacant condominium in Woodbury, N.Y. Police said there is no indication Vilma was involved . . . Gus Cifelli, a star tackle who helped lead Notre Dame to three national championships and the Detroit Lions to the 1952 NFL title, died of natural causes in Royal Oak, Mich. He was 84.

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