Jay Cutler Trade Review: Broncos Fleeced Da Bears

Paul Augustin, Jr.Senior Analyst IApril 3, 2009

ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 16:  Quarterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Denver Broncos walks off the field after the game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on November 16, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Broncos defeated the Falcons 24-20.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Somewhere in his Dove Valley office building Pat Bowlen is grinning from ear to ear, and toasting Josh McDaniels with a drink.

The Denver Broncos robbed the Chicago Bears blind. 

The Broncos gave up a physically talented, but mentally fragile quarterback, and a fifth round pick for two first round picks, a third round pick and Kyle Orton.

All great quarterbacks have the ability to make everyone around them better.

Cutler has yet to demonstrate this ability.

Have we already forgotten that he was the quarterback of a team that collapsed to 8-8, surrendered it's division lead and missed the playoffs completely?

In his two full seasons in the league, Cutler has a 3-5 record in December. 

While the Broncos' defense deserves some of the blame, Denver scored 13 or fewer points in three of those losses, and didn't score more than 23 points in any December loss.

The Broncos now have 11 picks in the NFL Draft, including five in the top 84 and two in the top 20. The Broncos now have leverage to trade up in the draft and select an impact defensive lineman such as B.J. Raji.

Denver gets Kyle Orton, who is an NFL-quality starting quarterback.   

Orton passed for just under 3,000 yards in an offense in which his running back led the team in receptions. The leading wide receiver, Devin Hester, had 51 receptions, less than 700 yards receiving and just three touchdowns.

Orton arrives to a team that has a bona fide number one wide receiver, and a solid number two receiver. His new tight end, Tony Scheffler, is arguably equal to, or better than, Greg Olsen.

He will also have the benefit of playing behind a solid offensive line that only allowed 11 sacks last season.

As an added bonus that should not be overlooked, the weather in Denver is much more conducive to a successful passing game than Chicago's weather.

The Bears still have a lot of holes to fill, and not a lot of quality draft picks with which to fill them. They only have two picks in the top 100, and three of their seven picks are in the sixth and seventh rounds.

Despite signing Orlando Pace, who has suffered major injuries in two of the past three seasons, the Bears have a lot of holes on the offensive line. 

Chicago does not have a true number one receiver either; I would not consider Hester to be more than a good slot receiver. He's much better suited as a full-time returner, and is no better than Ted Ginn, Jr. as a receiver.

Chicago's defense has fallen each of the past two seasons since it's run to the Super Bowl in 2006.

While the linebackers are still the strength of the Bears' defense, Chicago must find ways to generate a better pass rush and prevent the long ball. 

Chicago's pass defense rated third-worst in the NFL, and Chicago has only added players such as Josh Bullocks, who is a second-stringer at best, to try and rectify the problem.

No matter how you slice and dice the Denver-Chicago trade, the whiney Cutler, who couldn't decide if he really wanted to be traded or not, is out of Denver.

He is the biggest loser in this deal.