So many times before have Bears fans had to sit back and watched other teams try to get better in the offseason.
For Chicago fans, it was more of a wait and pray period that the team did something in the draft, and that was it.
Yet now team GM Jerry Angelo has finally answered the call, making a deal that sends quarterback Kyle Orton, two first round picks, and a third round pick to Denver in exchange for the highly touted All-Pro Jay Cutler. Some would argue that the asking price was way too high for someone who cried his way out of the Rocky Mountains, but to all the pessimists I say this: SO WHAT?!?!?!?
The move instantly makes the Bears a contender and almost certainly the best in a weak NFC North Division. Cutler posses the physical and mental attributes that are what Chicago quarterbacks have been missing since the Sid Luckman days. What may be the biggest shocker of all, even though the need was obviously there, it seemed the team did not have enough to offer, clearly not the case.
Chicago learned first-hand in the Super Bowl in Miami two years ago that quarterback play can make or break you’re teams chances. No longer will that be an issue as to where Grossman and Kyle Orton show flaws, Cutler excels. He can throw the deep ball, he can throw on the run, he’s mobile, and while his decision making will need some fine tuning, he has the tools to make everyone around him better.
Now that a talented passer will be under center, no longer can opposing defenses stack up the box, which would allow running back Matt Forte will have more room to run. Devin Hester will no longer have to wait for the deep ball to come to him as Cutler throws down the field with ease, and Greg Olsen might now turn into one of the best tight ends in the NFC.
This was a trade the Bears needed to make. The defense is getting older and there is no certainty how much gas is left in the tank. Sure anytime you give up a pair of first round picks it is a lot, but at the same time you are sending a message to the rest of the league that going 9-7, while missing the playoffs is no longer acceptable.
That message seems to have gotten around quicker as the team may now be more of an attractive destination for all the big unsigned names out there.
Reports are starting to come in that the Bears have already agreed to terms with offensive lineman Orlando Pace. Clearly, now the missing link has to be at receiver, but with Torry Holt still waiting in the dust, one can’t help but to see the dream of a Cutler to Holt touchdown pass could possibly turn into a reality.
Even though the calendar currently reads April, I am sitting here saying screw baseball and bring on September.