You know the old cliche, “the best trades are the ones that help everybody?” It looks like yesterday’s trade of Jay Cutler and a fifth round pick to the Chicago Bears for Kyle Orton, the Bears’ 2009 first and third rounders and their 2010 first round selection was so great, nobody can contain their excitement.
–Comment from a Bronco fan named Davus in the minutes after the trade was announced: So Jay got what he wanted … either Tennessee or Chicago. I say Bowlen is too good to him. (Mile High Report)
–GallopingGhost had this to say about Chicago getting Cutler nine minutes later: I am too excited to type. None of my bears fan friends are around other than you guys!! I am shaking with excitement. (Windy City Gridiron)
–Columnist Mark Kiszla (and based on this article, a true-blue Bronco fan) had this to say: Quarterback Jay Cutler lost. The Broncos and everybody who loves them won. (Denver Post)
–On the other hand, David Haugh feels a little differently about yesterday’s events, which along with the Cutler trade also included the Bears signing free agent offensive tackle Orlando Pace: Welcome back to NFL relevancy, Chicago. (Chicago Tribune)
–Noted Shaun Hill backer Kevin Lynch is giddy about the 49ers staying away from Cutler: Cutler’s a sniveling prima donna with a big arm and a bigger attitude. One NFL expert I talked with called Cutler a “thug” and said the Broncos would much rather have troubled wide receiver Brandon Marshall in their locker room than Cutler. (Niners Nation)
–Mike Sando asks the question of whether the 49ers were wise to refrain from trading for Cutler in his NFC West Blog: Quarterbacks are important, no question, and the 49ers haven’t had a dynamic one for too long. But the price Chicago paid for Cutler — 2009 first- and third-round choices, plus a 2010 first-round choice and quarterback Kyle Orton — carries serious sticker shock. (ESPN)
–Switching gears a little, Matt Maiocco thinks the 49ers should draft a quarterback in a few weeks, and quite possibly will take one too early for my taste if the right one (read: Mark Sanchez) is available: Several weeks earlier, before the start of free agency, I was talking to a high-ranking 49ers official who told me it was unlikely the club would take a quarterback in the first round. But the “vibe” I’m getting now from the organization is different. (Matt Maiocco’s Instant 49ers)
This No. 10 pick is looking scarier all the time. Either the 49ers will end up with an unproven quarterback, an offensive lineman with the intelligence of a garden hose or someone who “fell” to them after failing a drug test.
My two cents: I’d rather have Cutler than let Scot McCoughan roll the dice with first round picks for a couple seasons. But anyone who’s read BASG over the past month already knows that. My hopes that the 49ers choose anybody but Sanchez with their first pick look pretty shaky after looking at several mock drafts; the majority of which have the 49ers taking Leinart 2K9.