Interesting remarks from Chris Mortensen on Denver‘s efforts to land Matt Cassel via a three-way trade involving Jay Cutler. Mort never mentions the Vikings in the report – so far, only Michael Smith has connected Minnesota to the story – but he does confirm that Tampa Bay was approached. Here’s the interesting thing: According to Mortensen, the Bucs were willing to offer a first and a third to New England, with the Broncos getting Cassel and Tampa landing Cutler, but New England wouldn’t go for it. Bill Belichick, who by that time had already sent Mike Vrabel to the Chiefs as part of the trade and certainly had a verbal commitment with Scott Pioli for the rest, could’ve gotten a better pick than the second-rounder he ended up receiving, and a third-rounder to boot, but turned it down. Mortensen wonders aloud whether Belichick’s refusal to deal with Denver has something to do with bad feelings toward former assistant Josh McDaniels who is now the Broncos’ head coach. If this is the case, then that trade never had a chance of happening, with the Vikings or Tampa or Detroit (the other team Denver reportedly approached) or anyone else.