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Do we have to look any further than our very own Jay Cutler for evidence that trading for a quarterback is a risky proposition? Cutler has been the very definition of mediocrity since he joined the Bears back in 2009. He’s guided the team to a 51-51 record with a 1-1 record in two playoff games. Flip a coin and you’d have as much chance of predicting the outcome of a Cutler-led Bears game.
Let’s not forget that when the Bears traded for Cutler, he was coming off a Pro Bowl season in his third year with the Broncos, having compiled a 17-20 record while throwing 54 touchdowns and 37 interceptions.
The Bears set the franchise back a decade waiting, hoping, praying that Cutler would emerge as the franchise quarterback for whom they traded a pair of first round draft picks, a third round pick, and starting quarterback (Kyle Orton) for Cutler and a fifth round pick that turned out to be Johnny Knox. When the Bears traded for Cutler, they plugged a big hole, but they created new ones. They cost themselves a couple of first round draft picks that could have been used to build up their line, bolster their defense or add some weapons. Just because it didn’t work out with Cutler doesn’t mean it wouldn’t work with someone else, right? But wait, there’s more.