The trade that has been the talk of the NFL offseason finally went down. The Denver Broncos agreed to trade Jay Cutler and their fifth round pick in the 2009 NFL draft to the Chicago Bears for their first and third round picks in the 2009 NFL draft.
Denver also will receive the Chicago Bears’ 2010 first round pick.
Let's look at how this affects both teams, starting with the Chicago Bears:
It was a very high price to pay to get a franchise quarterback, but at the end of the day, it was a move the Chicago Bears had to make. The problem for the Bears was two-fold.
First, the Bear's all-time leading passer is Sid Luckman with 14,686 passing yards. The last NFL season he played in the NFL was 1950. The only franchise that has a quarterback that played that long ago as their all-time leading passer is the Detroit Lions.
Bobby Layne is their all-time leading passer with just 15,710 yards.
To put that in perspective Jay Cutler already has 9,024 yards passing in his three-year NFL career. This is a big deal.
For the first time in recent memory, the Bears have a quarterback that can make any throw. Teams are no longer going to be able to put eight or nine people in the box and just focus on stopping the running game.
Matt Forte's value has to be as high as ever right now...