In what seems to be as rare a phrase as "Cubs in the World Series", the Chicago Bears now have what seems to be an All-Pro Quarterback in former Bronco's QB Jay Cutler.
Bears GM Jerry Angelo pulled off the unexpected, sending 2009 first and third round picks and a 2010 first round draft pick, along with QB Kyle Orton to Denver for Cutler and a fifth round pick.
The Bears beat out the Buccaneers, Redskins and Lions to get Cutler. Here are the many reasons to love this deal.
1.) The Bears should have an All-Pro QB for the next decade
To put into retrospect, Orton has thrown for 5319 yards in three years for the Bears. Cutler threw for 4526 yards..in 2008. Not since Sid Luckman left the Bears in 1950, have the Bears had a top tier quarterback (I'm sorry, but Jim McMahon was a cut below).
Not only is Cutler good right now, but he is only 25 and still has a few more years before he even begins hitting his peak. He will make everybody around him better, especially the Bears current class of under performing receivers (Devin Hester, Earl Bennett, Rashied Davis) and TE Greg Olson.
It will open up more running room for second year running back Matt Forte, and Cutler's mobility will make up for a lack of an offensive line.
2.) GM Jerry Angelo can't draft first round picks anyway
Looking at Angelo's history of first round draft picks, I would say he is doing himself a favor in not having first round draft picks the next few years. Chris Williams in '08, Greg Olsen in '07, Cedric Benson in '05, Tommie Harris in '04, Michael Haynes in '03..the list goes on.
In giving up only a first and third round pick in '09, the Bears can focus on drafting their needs in the second, and fourth through sixth rounds.
3.) The Bears have to be the favorites in the NFC North in 2009
With the only legitimate Quarterback in the NFC North, the Bears and possibly the Vikings have to be the favorites to win the NFC North in 2009. Granted, with losing two draft picks and a bunch of holes that still need to be filled, the Bears still have some work to do.
I don't know how you could argue against the Bears getting worse over the next decade with this trade.