Denver Ships Jay Cutler Off to the Bears

Apr 2, 2009

The Denver Broncos finally moved their petulant star Quarterback Jay Cutler to the Chicago Bears.  Cutler’s feelings were hurt when he found out his new Coach, Josh McDaniels, attempted to acquire Matt Cassel, who he coached in New England last year. 

The Broncos actually got a pretty nice score for Cutler.  They picked up Kyle Orton, Chicago’s #18 pick and 3rd round pick this year, and a #1 next year.  Not bad considering how public and ugly this fiasco turned. 

Cutler tore it up last year throwing for 4526 yards, 25 TDs, and 18 INTs.  The numbers are a little bloated though because Denver’s awful Defense and lack of a ground game forced Cutler to throw a ton of passes.  Orton wasn’t quite as impressive with 2812 yards, 18 TDs, and 12 INTs. 

Cutler certainly doesn’t lack confidence.  He once claimed to have a better arm than John Elway.  It isn’t all about arm though Jay, as Elway was a true leader and a winner.  Jeff George had a big arm.  Where did that get him?  You need to have it going on upstairs.  Cutler didn’t show maturity in this ordeal.

So what is the fantasy impact of this deal.  For starters Jay Cutler takes a hit.  Devin Hester isn’t even Eddie Royal, let alone Brandon Marshall.  Matt Forte’s value could take a hit.  The Bears will pass more next year, and Cutler will likely lean less on his star RB in the passing game.  Eddie Royal and Brandon Marshall take a hit as well.  Orton is decent, but he’s no Cutler.  Marshall has more on his plate though as he just had hip surgery and is facing another suspension.  Both Cutler and Orton liked getting their Tight Ends involved so I don’t see much movement from Tony Scheffler and Greg Olsen.  I’d guess Scheffler’s value dips a touch and Olsen rises a bit.  Kyle Orton should increase a little going to a more pass-friendly environment. 

This was an interesting trade and I am glad the Cutler saga is finally over.

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7 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Anonymous
    April 3rd, 2009 at 9:27 am #

    Who cares it is just a game where everyone is overpaid!

  2. LestersLegends
    April 3rd, 2009 at 9:31 am #

    Then why bother even reading and comenting it?

  3. Azeem Sherwani
    April 3rd, 2009 at 10:02 am #

    Orton is a decent QB who can play IMO. They won’t be throwing it as much on in Denver like last season. The Broncos have at least 4-5 RB’s on the squad and it seems like they might run the ball and pass less (60:40 type of ratio). I think Orton will be fine.

    Now with those draft picks, they could rebuild the D by using both on Defensive players or one for a D player and the other on a O player. I know they like RB Chris Wells. The Broncos are the real winners of this trade in the long run, but not the short run.

  4. LestersLegends
    April 3rd, 2009 at 10:04 am #

    They’ll throw less, but they brought in McDaniels from New England, so they probably will pass plenty. Not to mention they don’t have a feature back (yet) and their D still needs improving. They got a lot from Cutler though, and I agree they will retool with those picks.

  5. David Funk
    April 3rd, 2009 at 11:21 am #

    I agree with Azeem that Orton can play the position. But McDaniels comes from a system that will see Orton in the shotgun a lot, and they will throw plenty.

    I also agree the Bears gave up quite a bit to land Cutler, too. While I can understand Cutler’s frustration with the Broncos courting Cassel, I don’t agree with how he handled this.

    If he thinks he was under a microscope for some of his antics in Denver, he’s in for a surprise in Chicago. I know us Bears fans aren’t very forgiving with quarterbacks at all, and no one will have as much pressure on them now to perform than Cutler will.

    Cutler is a talent and has arm is a big help in a system where they like to stretch the field even with their tight ends.

    I’m just glad the Bears finally got active which has made many of us mad even though from an objective point of view, the Broncos should very much have the long-term advantage on this deal.

  6. LestersLegends
    April 3rd, 2009 at 11:25 am #

    I think they gave up too much. Oh well.

  7. David Funk
    April 3rd, 2009 at 11:30 am #

    I agree. Cutler will be under a microscope the whole time he’s in Chicago.

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