The Broncos traded Jay Cutler to the Bears for Kyle Orton, a first and third round pick this year, and a first round pick next year. It’s natural to look at the deal and speculate who came out on top. The Bears received a Pro Bowl quarterback and have something to build around. The problem is they sold their draft picks to Denver for the next few years. The Bears still can add some protection for Cutler and pick up quality receivers through free agency or late round draft picks.
What the Broncos received will depend on how they use their draft picks this year and next. It also depends on how Orton fits into the new offensive game plan. So the result of the trade may not be realized for a few years. The speculation on how each team did depends on your perspective. The Bears could have just added the player that gets them to the playoff. The Broncos have enough draft picks to retool a Defense that was near the bottom to the league last year. If Orton works out then they can spend even more draft pick next year on Defense. If he doesn’t then they have enough fire power to pick up a quality quarterback in the first round. If history has taught us anything its that not every Pro Bowler is a first round draft pick.
While I think Cutler was a quality quarterback, relationships deteriorated with the Broncos and ultimately he didn’t want to play in Denver any longer. With that in mind, the Broncos received quite a bit from the Bears in the trade. I think in the short term the Bears are better than last year due to the trade. But until the Broncos make their draft picks, I don’t think we can evaluate them. The Broncos Offense was ranked fairly high in the NFL last year. I can only assume we were going to put in a new Offensive game plan with the new head coach. How Cutler, now Orton will adjust and execute that game plan will determine if there has been a slip in the Offense. The draft pick the Broncos make in the first few rounds of the draft should tell the fans how long something about where the organization is going. If they bundle draft pick and trade up for a quarterback I think we are in for a long rebuilding period. If we get some quality Densive players, the road to recovery should be shorter.