The Broncos parted ways with disgruntled quarterback Jay Cutler on Thursday, sending him to the Bears in excange for quarterback Kyle Orton and first-round picks in 2009 (18th overall) and 2010, along with a third-round pick (84th overall) in 2009 to do it. Denver had to give back a fifth-round pick (140th overall) in 2009 to Chicago.
The Bears beat out the Redskins, Buccaneers, Lions, Titans and other teams to land the 25-year-old Pro Bowl quarterback. The Broncos had made it clear they were asking for at least two first-round choices, according to ESPN.com.
"I'm sure he's excited to move on and play in Chicago, and we're excited about the opportunity we have," Broncos' head coac Josh McDaniels told the Denver Post.
McDaniels, the team's new rookie coach, is not getting off to the best start in the Mile High City. His mishandling of the situation from the beginning allowed it to escalate into the team parting ways with their franchise quarterback. Cutler is a top 10 passes, with top 5 potential, they don't grow on trees.
Still, Cutler deserves some of the blame too. Someone needs to tell him he plays professional sports. Just ask Donovan McNabb (booed by fans in draft and always seems to be on the trading block), who would have been a much better fit in the Windy City.
The Bears got a quarterback today that is as good as they've had in decades, but they gave a ton to get him. The team has many glarng holes and two year's of first rounders could have helped fill them.
As long as I can remember the Bears haven't had a quarterback. Sure Jim McMahon led them to a championship, but he may not have had such success without the tenacious '85 defense. Since his departure the team hasn't been able to get another a ring.
Take a look at the list of guys to lead Chicago in passing over the past 20 years and you will find names like Mike Tomczak, Jim Harbaugh (my personal favorite), Steve Walsh, Erik Kramer (had one amazing season), Dave Krieg, Shane Matthews, Cade McCown, Jim Miller, Chad Hutchinson, Kordell Stewart, Brian Griese, Rex Grossman, and Orton.
Orton will compete with Chris Simms for the starting job in Denver and the team may look at quarterback hard with of their first two picks.
The only winners in this trade could prove to be the Chargers, who now seem like an even bigger lock to win the AFC West this season.