A multitude of 85 rumors, including sending him to the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Manatee Community College, have subsided and nonplussed quarterback Jay Cutler has finally been traded from the Denver Broncos to the Chicago Bears in exchange for their first-round and third-round picks in 2009, their first-round pick in 2010, and quarterback Kyle Orton.
Huh. Didn’t see that one coming.
Just when it looked like the Redskins had him in their back pocket, Cutler was instead sent to a team deep in its century-long hunt to find a replacement for Sid Luckman.
For the last couple of years, the Bears franchise seemed content rotating between Kyle Orton and Rex Grossman, depending on who the tea leaves indicated would have a better season. Grossman is now gone, and Orton is now Denver’s problem.
Meanwhile, Denver suddenly has a second first-round pick this year, at the No. 18 spot. If you listen closely, you can hear all the mock draft scribes across the country taking a big eraser to its whiteboard. Denver also has a pick at the No. 12 spot.
So now the Jay Cutler-Josh McDaniels drama, I think, can be put to bed. Unless, of course, Super Bowl XLIV has a Chicago-Denver Super Bowl. In which case you might hear about this storyline.