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Bears Trade for Cutler Ranks as the 7th Best Offseason Move

Mike Florio of wrote the top 10 moves of the offseason, and has the Bears trading for Jay Cutler comes in at number seven. Read below:

7. Chicago Bears Trade for Cutler

The Bears have won a Super Bowl and appeared in another despite not having a franchise quarterback since the days of Sid Luckman.

And after years of refusing to recognize the reality that, at the most important position on the field, they just aren’t good enough, the Bears have realized they needed to take drastic action if they hope to get any better — and if they hope to preserve the employment of coach Lovie Smith and G.M. Jerry Angelo.

Enter Jay Cutler, who through three seasons clearly has been the best quarterback drafted since 2004’s stellar trio of Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, and Ben Roethlisberger entered the league.

On the surface, the price was steep: Two first-round picks, a third-round pick, and quarterback Kyle Orton for Cutler and a fifth-round selection. But given the extent to which the Bears of late have wasted first-round picks, giving up two of them for a proven passer constitutes the kind of transaction that typically entails the wearing of a ski mask.

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