It is being hailed as the greatest move general manager Jerry Angelo has made in eight years with the Bears. No price was too steep to finally bring a franchise quarterback on board.
Let's get a sample of what they are saying elsewhere about the addition of Jay Cutler for two first-round picks, a third-round pick and Kyle Orton. Yes, we didn't forget the Bears will get a fifth-round pick back in return, which might not matter if it doesn't turn into, say, the next Mark Anderson.
*** Sports Illustrated's Peter King writes that Cutler doesn't know what he is getting himself into.
"It's a massive step down. Maybe Cutler will make the Bears a lot better. He certainly should. And the Broncos will take a step back, at least until [Josh] McDaniels develops a quarterback in his own image. The saddest thing here? Cutler could have been a truly great player in McDaniels' offense. He may be great with the Bears; he certainly has the talent to be. But the Denver attack was tailor-made for Cutler's brains and ability to throw the deep ball. Whatever he says now, I know he'll always wonder how great he could have been in that offense, with that bright young coach -- whether he liked McDaniels or not."
*** Mike Ditka knows something about trading a lot for one player. He dealt away an entire draft for Texas running back Ricky Williams when he was the coach of the New Orleans Saints. Then, Williams got in a wedding dress to pose for a picture with Ditka. He weighed in on the deal for the Denver Post.
``They gave up an awful lot to get him, they'd better be getting their money's worth,'' Ditka said.
``I think [the Bears' offense and culture] will come as something of a shock to Cutler. The philosophy has always been play defense and run the football, and I don't think the Bears are going to change their character too much.''
*** Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com says the Bears still have plenty of unresolved issues after landing Cutler. He makes the astute points that Cutler has a cast of unknowns to throw the ball to with the Bears, and the defense, which has been largely forgotten this offseason with the exception of Lovie Smith taking over as play caller, has slipped dramatically.
"The defense isn't what it once was either. The Monsters of the Midway were more Mothra than Godzilla in 2008. The Bears ranked 21st and 16th respectively in yards and points allowed. Chicago was especially poor against the pass, which explains why opponents attempted more throws against Chicago (622) than any other NFL team."
*** Over at Yahoo! Sports, Jason Cole writes that the Bears finally woke up and realized they needed to get a guy for the most important position on the field.
"Cutler doesn't just make the Bears a contender next season, he makes them a contender for the next 10. In a division that has been starved for great quarterback play for decades--for every Brett Favre or Fran Tarkenton or Bart Starr--the rest of the teams in the division can each name 40 frauds who have started for them--the Bears got a guy with a chance to be great.
*** At ESPN.com, Gene Wojcieshowski writes that it is time for Cutler to shut up and put up.
"Cutler couldn't reconcile the business side of the NFL with his own feelings. He felt deceived by the Broncos, took it waaaaaayyyyyy too personally, forced a trade and got it. Now he had better deliver or else his legacy becomes one of a whiner who wasn't worth the trouble (and the new contract his agent will undoubtedly request)."
*** In Denver, coach Josh McDaniels is cautioning not to underestimate Kyle Orton.
"It was never going to work out in Denver with Cutler and new coach Josh McDaniels, who tried to move Cutler in a package for Matt Cassel at the outset of free agency. Considering the Broncos had to deal Cutler, they're calling it a win in Denver.
`I think you might be underrating Kyle's ability,' McDaniels said. `I think Kyle has good ability. He's 21-12 as a starter. To me that's the most important statistic in football. It represents how he affects his team. This guy has been productive. He does a lot of things well. He's smart, he's accurate. He's a very competitive player, he's tough and he's a great teammate and we're looking forward to adding him to our roster.'''
*** Keeping it local, or in the NFC North, Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press writes that it was another familiar failure by the Lions not to land Cutler.
"Jay Cutler goes to Chicago. He's now guaranteed another Pro Bowl season because he'll face the Lions twice a season. The Bears couldn't offer Denver two first-round picks over the next two years better than what the Lions had at their disposal. But the Bears had one thing the Lions couldn't offer--a veteran quarterback barely possessing a pulse."