My jaw dropped when I read the ESPN alert that Jay Cutler had been traded to the Chicago Bears. I knew this was going to happen ever since rookie head coach Josh McDaniels entertained trade talks from numerous teams about Cutler when his former quarterback in New England, Matt Cassel was dangled in front of him as trade bait.
The talks infuriated Cutler and the relationship with Josh McDaniels was irreconcilable after weeks of lying, bickering and miscommunication culminated in the blockbuster trade being made.
The Broncos traded away their Pro-Bowl franchise quarterback and a fifth round pick to the Bears for Kyle Orton, the 18th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, a third-round draft pick and Chicago’s first-round pick in 2010.
The Bears were interested in Cutler during the initial trade talks that started The Mile High City Mayhem. When it was all said and done, Chicago anted up more in the Jay Cutler Sweepstakes than any other team and finally got a dependable quarterback in the Windy City.
Many bloggers, sports talk radio personalities and NFL analyst had everyone believing that the Cutler deal would involve three teams, notably the Cleveland Browns, in which the Broncos would receive one of the Browns’ signal-callers either Brady Quinn or Derek Anderson.
The departure of Jay Cutler has left Bronco fans bitter and very angry. A franchise quarterback is hard to find and Denver let one slip right through their fingers. The trade instantly makes the Bears a viable contender in the NFC and quite possibly has set the Denver Broncos franchise back a decade.
The Broncos could make a play for Matthew Stafford or Mark Sanchez in the NFL Draft later this month, but McDaniels is a disciple of Bill Belichick and might be on a mission to prove a point that he can win without a star quarterback under center.
It will be easier said than done with two unflattering, oft-injured signal-callers in Chris Simms and Kyle Orton vying for the starting job more than likely.
For the Broncos’ sake, Jay Cutler cannot be successful in Chicago while Denver tries to rebuild. Many Broncos fans- like Cutler or not, will never forget this nor will they forgive McDaniels for tearing apart a team four months on the job, and before even coaching a single game in the NFL.
Just imagine how bad the outcry will be if McDaniels is fired by the Denver Broncos anytime in the next few years while Cutler is in the prime of his career, possibly hoisting up a Lombardi trophy before the Broncos do. Even if the Broncos return to their winning ways, it will never be the same again.