Black and Blue all over: Orton secure

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Kyle Orton, for one, sees no need for Chicago to pursue disgruntled Denver quarterback Jay Cutler. Speaking to reporters Tuesday at the opening of Bears minicamp, Orton said:

"I'm real proud of what I've done early in my career and feel like I'm going to be a good quarterback for a long time. I don't think I have that much stuff to worry about."

General manager Jerry Angelo and coach Lovie Smith both declined to address Cutler's potential availability, noting NFL tampering rules. David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune notes that both men passed on quelling speculation by simply saying they have no plans to upgrade the quarterback position.

But from the sound of things Tuesday, there is every indication that Orton will be the Bears' quarterback in 2009. Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Sun-Times notes Orton handled a series of Cutler-related questions well:

If Orton's performance Tuesday is any indicator of how he'll respond under pressure on the field, you have to figure the Bears already have their man.

Continuing around the NFC North:

  • Brad Biggs of the Sun-Times notes the Bears could have three new starters on their offensive line following the departure of free agent John St. Clair. Offensive line coach Harry Hiestand will conduct a private workout next week with two prominent college tackles: Oklahoma's Phil Loadholt and Arizona's Eben Britton.

  • Bears cornerback Nate Vasher, trying to come back from a series of injuries, looked slimmed down at Tuesday's practice, according to Biggs.

  • Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry met new Detroit linebacker Julian Peterson during a visit to the Lions' facility Sunday and Monday, according to Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.

  • Green Bay has actually re-signed two of its free-agent defensive ends: Michael Montgomery and Jason Hunter. Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Montgomery will work as a defensive end in the Packers' new 3-4 scheme while Hunter will move to linebacker.

  • Minnesota remains interested in free-agent fullback Leonard Weaver, according to Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.