Dealing for Cutler not Angelo's Style

Is Jay Cutler a better quarterback than Kyle Orton? You'd be a fool to think otherwise. But if fans of the Chicago Bears truly believe general manager Jerry Angelo has been on the the phone with anybody in the 303 area code the last few days, they are really mistaken. All the speculation can stop now.

Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler may have grown up a big Bears fan in Santa Claus, Indiana, but that doesn't mean he's going to get his wish and force Denver to trade him to Chicago any time soon.

The rift between player and organization only appears to be getting wider, as Cutler has formally requested to be dealt from the Broncos and listed the Bears and Titans as his top two choices – Chicago is close to home, and Nashville is where he starred at Vanderbilt. But not even future Hall of Famer Brett Favre could force the Packers to trade him where he truly wanted to go, the Vikings, this past offseason and had to settle for the Jets. It's not like Cutler is a 10-and-5 guy in baseball, which allows the player in question to veto any trade if he's been in the big leagues 10 years and with the same team for the last five.

Even if Denver owner Pat Bowlen comes to the conclusion that his baby-faced new head coach, Josh McDaniels, made too much of a mess with this Cutler situation and that he can't possibly bring his talented passer back now, it's not like Bears general manager Jerry Angelo is a wheeling-and-dealing type.


Cutler was always a Bears fan growing up in Santa Claus, Indiana. (Chris Park/AP Images)

It wasn't so much that McDaniels didn't want Cutler, but this episode began when he made an effort to bring in Matt Cassel, who he helped turn from career backup to on-the-cusp superstar with the Patriots after Tom Brady went down in the 2008 season opener. Substituting Kyle Orton for Cassel in the compensation package isn't an option – the Broncos would be better off just sticking with what they have since Orton doesn't know McDaniels' system any better than Cutler does. Sure, Cutler has been a bit of a baby once the story became public since the thinks he's reached the point of being untradeable, which is comical for any signal caller with a career record of 17-20 as a starter.

Nevertheless, even if the Bears find enough ammunition lying around Halas Hall to whet Denver's appetite, it's not in Angelo's nature to sell the farm – let's hope the Cutler talk dies down on Day 2 of minicamp because it's not going to happen.


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