Denver Ships Jay Cutler Off to the Bears
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.