Jay Cutler Joins Bears, Windy City Rejoices

Paul SwaneySenior Analyst IApril 2, 2009

DENVER - DECEMBER 21:  Quarterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Denver Broncos drops back to pass against the Buffalo Bills during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on December 21, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. Cutler passed for 351 yards as the Bills defeated the Broncos 30-23. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

As news broke about the Broncos sending sensitive superstar Jay Cutler to the Bears in exchange for Kyle Orton and first round picks in 2009 and 2010, a collective sigh of relief was breathed by the people of Chicago.

No, it's not because the team landed a "franchise quarterback" for the first time since Jim McMahon shuffled the Bears to a Super Bowl ring. It was because Jerry Angelo will have two fewer options to screw up top draft picks.

Although Orton had a relatively good season last year, especially before being injured, Bears fans see Cutler as a significant upgrade. The fact that Angelo will have fewer opportunities to make bad decisions with first round picks was just icing on the cake.

Names like David Terrell, Marc Colombo, Michael Haynes, Rex Grossman, and Cedric Benson all stand out as first round failures. Angelo has had some success in later rounds finding good "sleeper" picks (Matt Forte and Devin Hester come to mind), but overall his success has not been overwhelming.

Here's hoping that Jay Cutler has better reception on his phone so Lovie Smith can contact him if they ever have any differences in the Windy City.