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Report: Cutler traded to Bears



It's over.

Jay Cutler has been traded to the Chicago Bears, according to the Associated Press

The Bears sent first round picks in 2009 and 2010 as well as quarterback Kyle Orton and a third-rounder in 2009 to Denver in exchange for Cutler. In return, the Bears received a fifth-round pick from the Broncos in 2009 that they acquired from Seattle in a trade for receiver Keary Colbert, according to 

Orton had one season remaining on a two-year extension with the Bears.

The Bucs and Redskins had been considered front-runners for Cutler but the Bears had also expressed an interest. Denver does not play Chicago until 2011.

Cutler, 25, has thrown for more than 9,000 yards in three seasons with Denver and has already been to a Pro Bowl.

He solves the quarterback riddle that has surrounded the Bears for decades.

The Bucs attempted to trade for Cutler as part of a three-way deal involving former New England quarterback Matt Cassel, who eventually was traded to Kansas City. That created the rift between Cutler and new coach Josh McDaniels.

Even if the Bucs were willing to deal a pair of first-round picks to Denver, they apparently didn't have a quarterback that was appealing to the Broncos like Orton, who was 18-12 as a starter with the Bears. Orton will compete with former Bucs quarterback Chris Simms in Denver. 

Basically, the Bears were able to out-bid nine other teams for Cutler's services.

With Cutler finally traded, the Bucs can focus on the battle between Luke McCown, Brian Griese and Josh Johnson. Tampa Bay plans to add a fourth quarterback either through the draft or free agency.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:30pm]


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