The McJaygate storyline can finally be put to rest, as a new storyline will pollute every newspaper, every NFL publication, and every fantasy site, including this one. It will read: CUTLER TRADED TO DA’ BEARS, or something like it.
So what are the details? How is one player responding? And what does it mean for fantasy owners? Let’s take a dive in to the never-ending story of Jay “I’m the new Brett Favre” Cutler.
NFL.com the Broncos have agreed to trade the disgruntled, whining quarterback to the Bears along with a 2009 fifth round selection. In exchange the Broncos will receive the Bears’ first round picks this year and in 2010, a third round pick (84th overall) this year, and quarterback Kyle Orton.
According to the
Chicago Tribune linebacker Brian Urlacher didn’t seem overly excited, and was shocked about the trade, but feels that in the end Cutler won’t bring his issues with him to
“I guess the Bears felt like we needed another quarterback, so they made a move,” Urlacher said. “They gave up a lot. Cutler must be pretty good.”
“I guess we got better as a team,” Urlacher said. “You get a quarterback who is a Pro-Bowl guy.
“But I will say this: I think Kyle Orton is a good quarterback. He’s a great teammate. I hope he does really well in
Urlacher then responded to the whole Cutler-McDaniels saga.
“I would be ticked off too if someone was trying to trade me and didn’t tell me about it,” he said. “I don’t think Jay is going to be an issue. We have a pretty good locker room, so I’m not worried about that. Hunter knows him. And [Cutler] seems like a pretty good guy. I’ve never met him but I’ve heard good things about him. I’m not worried about him fitting in.”
What it means for fantasy owners.
The values of Broncos wide receivers Eddie Royal, and Brandon Marshall and tight end Tony Scheffler have now taken a hit, while the values of Rashied Davis, Devin Hester, and Greg Olsen should all go up.
The Broncos have a long road to recovery, but now have the flexibility, without losing a draft pick, to fill their now biggest need by trying to nab former USC quarterback Mark Sanchez, who comes from the same college system as 2008 Josh McDaniels breakout star Matt Cassel, who coincidentally was the cause of all this mess.
And even if the Broncos do get Sanchez, there is still no guarantee that he will succeed immediately, thus the reasoning for getting Kyle Orton in the deal, who could be the dark horse in all this. Orton will now play in the shotgun, something he did in college with great success in 2004 while starting for Purdue (3,090 yards, and 31 touchdowns).
As for the Bears offense, well, it gets a much needed boost, and the biggest beneficiary of that boost could be wide receiver Devin Hester. Hester could be the best option the Bears have at receiver heading in to 2009, but that may be a good thing for fantasy owners. See, if Cutler locks in on one or two guys like he seemed to do in
Okay, so I’m getting a little ahead of myself, but isn’t that what all Bears fans are daydreaming about as we speak?
The bottom line here is this: Bears fans are ecstatic, for the moment. Jerry Angelo is crazy for giving up so much. And fantasy owners have to be worried that another former 2008 star quarterback has landed on yet another team that was in the bottom ten overall in total offense last season.
Stay tuned for more.
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