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Jay Cutler traded to the Chicago BearsPosted Thursday, April 2, 2009, at 6:16 PM
Former Commodore star Jay Cutler is now with his second NFL team. T-G Photo by Jimmy Jones
Denver receives the Bears first round pick in 2009 (18th overall), as well as a third round pick this year. They also get the Bears first round pick in 2010.
Cutler had become disgruntled when the Broncos fired Mike Shanahan, and the fire began to burn brighter when the team refused their 25 year old quarterback's request to retain his position coach Jeremy Bates.
The situation very quickly degenerated into a soap opera-like drama when new head coach Josh McDaniels entertained trade talks with his former team that would have reunited him with his former protoge Matt Cassel.
The Bears have made some noise in free agency with the signing of Orlando Pace to anchor their offensive line. Former Vandy teammate, and fellow first rounder Chris Williams will move to right tackle. Cutler will also be reunited with receiver Earl Bennett who he teamed with to set conference, as well as numerous Commodore records during their tenure at the SEC's only private university.
Cutler threw for 4,526 yards last season with 25 TDs. He gives the Bears their first legitimate franchise type quarterback since Jim McMahon made the Pro Bowl in 1985. The trade appears to shift the balance of power in the NFC North since the Packers and Vikings have pretty much stood pat this off season while the Bears have improved their team markedly.
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