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QB Jay Cutler Traded To The Chicago Bears

SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 28:  Quarterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Denver Broncos throws a pass against the San Diego Chargers during the NFL game at Qualcomm Stadium on December 28, 2008 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Broncos 52--21.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Tyler FranzCorrespondent IApril 2, 2009

On Thursday afternoon, the Broncos traded QB Jay Cutler to the Chicago Bears for two first round draft picks, one in 2009 and one in 2010, and quarterback Kyle Orton.

Cutler first demanded to be traded after finding out that coach Josh McDaniels tried to trade for Matt Cassell.  The team initially decided to trade him, but then later announced that Cutler would be their quarterback for the 2009 season.

Nevertheless, Cutler refused to answer the Broncos' phone calls and stayed away for team functions for several weeks before the team again decided to deal him.

The Broncos finally traded Cutler to the Bears, who were among several teams interested in Cutler, including the Redskins, Buccaneers and Lions.

Meanwhile, the quarterback situation in Denver is unresolved, as it appears that Chris Simms and Kyle Orton are the two most likely candidates.  However, the team will likely acquire another quarterback, either through the draft or through free agency.

Cutler, who is a former Pro Bowler, finished last season with 25 TDs and 4,526 yards for the Denver Broncos in 2008.


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