The Broncos committed highway robbery just a few weeks ago, yielding two first-round picks, a third-round pick, and a starting quarterback in exchange for a petulant self-entitled child.
I have been blasting the Bears ever since, not necessarily for getting Cutler, who is a franchise type quarterback for the future, but for trading for a quarterback when he has no one to throw to.
The Bears did nothing to change that in the draft, actually trading back even further (thank you for Max Unger).
The Broncos made a couple of real head scratcher's as well.
With the 12th pick in the 2009 NFL Draft the Denver Broncos select:
Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia?
You sign three RB’s during the offseason, JJ Arrington, Lamont Jordan, Correll Buckhalter, and already have Selvin Young and Peyton Hillis on the roster. You trade your franchise quarterback and use one of the key picks from the trade on another RB?
I almost would not have been so critical of the move, if Brian Orakpo was not on the board.
Passing on Orakpo, who was as highly rated as going No. 5 to Cleveland, for a RB was just plain dreadful. If you sign three RB's and have five potential starters already wearing Broncos range and blue, why a RB?
One could argue that he wasn’t a three-four end, but that’s why its called conversion and OLB, it has been done plenty of times.
They draft a DE later with Ayers, and that was a solid pick, except for the fact they passed on Orakpo.
Didn’t you notice Washington practically beamed themselves to Roger Goodell when they were on the clock, there was a good reason for that.
Their next move was my personal favorite, it was like, I can realistically see Tim Tebow or Sam Bradford in the bright green city.
They trade the second part of their previously brilliant Cutler trade, sending the Seattle Seahawks their 2010 first-round pick for the No. 37 pick.
My friend and I turned to each other and said the words, “Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow!"
Not only did the Seattle Seahawks get the draft's top prospect, we also got a starting lineman. Thank you Chicago!
AND, We were hand fed the opportunity to draft a true franchise quarterback from a team who just traded theirs away. Oh, the irony is so magical.
This is how the Jay Cutler trade has broken down.
Broncos trade Jay Cutler, 5th round pick.
They receive: Knowshon Moreno, Kyle Orton, Alphonso Smith, and Half of Richard Quinn.
They subtracted a franchise QB for a mediocre QB, a nickel CB, a RB, who has plenty of competition, and a third string TE. Maybe it will turn out to be OK.
Right now I think Josh McDaniel’s head is still in New England where they could afford to waste picks.
When you could have had Orakpo, Maualuga, even Josh Freeman, it’s puzzling to see a RB taken.
As a Seahawks fan, here's hoping your defense plays in similar fashion as last season, we are that much closer to getting our own franchise quarterback and have no one else but an old rival to thank.
I never thought the Jay Cutler trade would pay the Seahawks dividends. You never know what the day will bring!