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Report: Cutler Traded to Chicago

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Jay Cutler's new home will be the Windy City, not the Big Apple. Denver has sent Cutler to the Bears.

The Chicago Bears pulled the big upset Thursday afternoon by acquiring Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler.

The Broncos confirmed the trade.

 

 

To acquire Cutler, the Bears had to give up quarterback Kyle Orton and first-round picks in 2009 and 2010, along with a third-round pick in 2009.

 

To complete the trade, the Broncos had to give back a fifth-round pick in 2009. That pick was acquired by the Broncos from the Seattle Seahawks in a trade for wide receiver Keary Colbert.

This is the rare case where Mike Tannenbaum could not act decisively to land his target. The deck was stacked against him in this instance. Denver wanted a proven starting quarterback to replace Cutler. The Jets did not have one.