How The Bears' Acquisition Of Cutler Impacts The NFC North and NFC Title Picture

Vincent JacksonCorrespondent IApril 2, 2009

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)

Moments ago, reported that the Chicago Bears had made a blockbuster trade to get embattled QB Jay Cutler from the Denver Broncos.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Denver will receive first-round picks in 2009 and 2010, a No. 3 pick this year and QB Kyle Orton, who will most likely start for the Broncos this upcoming season.

Cutler, 25, is now in the same division with Aaron Rodgers and Adrian Peterson, which officially makes the Bears a legitimate threat in not only the NFC North, but the overall NFC in general.

Chicago's trade for Cutler also makes their draft day options much easier, as they need a big-play wide receiver to compliment a solid running game with second-year back Matt Forte.

The NFC North has the potential to be the most explosive division in football with Peterson, Forte and Ryan Grant as three of the best running backs in the NFL.

They also now possess two of the top signal callers in the conference along with Tony Romo, Drew Brees and Eli Manning.

Now in Chicago, Cutler has the opportunity to be even more dangerous than he was with Denver, considering the secondaries he will be throwing against twice a season.

Though the Bears got to Super Bowl XLI, in spite of Rex Grossman, the acquisition of Cutler gives Chicago a threat in the passing game that they have not had in years.

As it relates to the NFC as a whole, the list of contenders is not long at all. The Bears have a very good opportunity to get back to the Super Bowl this season.

Cutler had been targeted by teams such as the Redskins and Jets, and him landing in Chicago was a bit of a surprise, but he filled a huge void that needed to be addressed.

Kudos to GM Jerry Angelo for pulling the trigger on a blockbuster deal.

Presently, the Bears' receiving corps is something that Cutler will have to get used to if it is not addressed in the draft.

Other than Devin Hester and Greg Olsen, a quarterback of Cutler's caliber needs a home run threat to ensure that Forte is a threat within the offense.

He will have to get used to being a leader in a new locker room, and get acclimated to a new coaching staff in a town where mistakes will not be tolerated.