• Jay Cutler traded to Chicago Bears for Neckbeard. Set your Broncos free.

    by  • April 2, 2009 • News • 5 Comments

    Jay Cutler is now on his way to The Windy City. For first-round picks in both 2009 and 2010, a third-round pick in 2009 and Kyle Orton — founder and president of the Neckbeard for Men Club, which just so happens to be moving its headquarters to Denver this summer — the Chicago Bears have acquired a Pro Bowl quarterback and an additional fifth-round pick in 2009.

    Da Bears

    While it’s certainly better than Detroit might have been for the promising young quarterback, this trade leaves Cutler’s status a little iffy. Other than Greg Olsen and the project that is Devin Hester, the Bears don’t offer a lot of talented receivers up as targets. Without Marty Booker, it’s hard to even rely on guys like Rashied Davis for a good circus catch.

    Luckily, Jay Cutler’s arm happens to be bionic and stronger than three of John Elway’s arms acting in sync. It’s hard to doubt that he can make something out of the Bears with his arm and his legs, and he’s sure to bring the passing game up a notch across the board — lucky you, Hester and Olsen owners.

    Matt Forte could certainly use a boost in the passing game to take the pressure off of him out of the box, but he could fade a bit in his production now that the Bears aren’t constantly feeding him the ball. This new offense is one you’ll want to watch come preseason because there’s no telling what Chicago will do now that they have a quarterback — and not a Rex Grossman. I’d still like Forte as a borderline RB1/RB2, but that could change.

    Busted Broncos

    As I tweeted earlier — excuse me — you can mark your calendars today as the day the Broncos started a downward slide. Brandon Marshall could soon potentially face another suspension for his continued off-the-field issues; Josh McDaniels is going to try to establish a new offense while running a season of The Apprentice to decide who’s going to carry the ball between J.J. Arrington, Correll Buckhalter, Peyton Hillis, LaMont Jordan, Ryan Torain, Selvin Young and Andre Hall; but at least they have a savior in their new quarterback, Kyle Orton…

    Orton is an extreme downgrade. Despite his phenom run last year — during which, he was keeping pace with Peyton Manning in the fantasy points department — he’s an inconsistent signal caller. He limits what the Broncos can do through the air and takes Brandon Marshall down a notch whenever Marshall does get a chance to return to the field.

    Eddie Royal, sadly, might drop off the radar entirely unless Marshall is out for a prolonged period of time. It would seem that, at least in the short term, Josh McDaniels is content running the ball with 67 different running backs, so it’s hard to rely on him to keep the passing game up to the level it was at last season. Don’t even start looking to the tight ends. Tony Scheffler could be out of Denver sooner rather than later, and then it all goes to this very scary place where Daniel Graham might be the only one of the field.

    In short, maybe it’s time you let your Broncos go. Orton’s worth a chance in 2009 just because of the talent around him — and his relative bargain value as a quarterback. Marshall can’t be passed on even with his potential problems, which could make him a value pick in 2009 anyway. But there’s no telling which running back emerges as the best option, and Eddie Royal could be decent or completely invisible in 2009.

    Mark your calendars and thank Josh McDaniels. Today, the Broncos blew apart their fantasy goodness…just when I thought they had so much promise. Does anyone feel good about this new Broncos team?

    Mark Schlereth, please explain how this happened.

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    • http://www.fantasyfootballfools.com/ Scott McShane

      I like Cutler as the 8th-10th QB taken. He can't put up great numbers with this offense, but should be a reliable starter because of his talent. I have to disagree with you on Forte. I think he is going to be a beast this year. Cutlet's talent will help them move the ball more, but the lack of talent at the WR position is going to stall drives. Forte is the main play maker on this team and should get many more TD chances. Defenses will have to play honest because there is a real QB on the team this year. I would be surprised if Forte finishes as the number 1 QB.

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    • http://www.fantasyfootballfools.com Jacob

      @Scott:

      I wouldn't argue with ranking Cutler there among fantasy quarterbacks, but I might slot him a tad higher if the young receivers show up to play in Chicago this year. I'm still waiting to see what Chicago's game plan will be on offense now that they have Cutler's arm.

      While I noted his loss of yardage, I'm not really down on Matt Forte. He was a grinder last season, usually getting 100 yards and/or one touchdown each game to consistently put up fantasy points. I'd expect him to lose yardage with Cutler in town, but he could make up for that loss with more receiving yards or touchdowns. It's just hard to predict an increase in touchdowns for a guy in his second season and with a new quarterback. I still like Forte as a top-five pick.

    • http://www.fantasyfootballfools.com Jacob

      @Scott:

      I wouldn't argue with ranking Cutler there among fantasy quarterbacks, but I might slot him a tad higher if the young receivers show up to play in Chicago this year. I'm still waiting to see what Chicago's game plan will be on offense now that they have Cutler's arm.

      While I noted his loss of yardage, I'm not really down on Matt Forte. He was a grinder last season, usually getting 100 yards and/or one touchdown each game to consistently put up fantasy points. I'd expect him to lose yardage with Cutler in town, but he could make up for that loss with more receiving yards or touchdowns. It's just hard to predict an increase in touchdowns for a guy in his second season and with a new quarterback. I still like Forte as a top-five pick.

    • http://www.fantasyfootballfools.com Jacob

      @Scott:

      I wouldn't argue with ranking Cutler there among fantasy quarterbacks, but I might slot him a tad higher if the young receivers show up to play in Chicago this year. I'm still waiting to see what Chicago's game plan will be on offense now that they have Cutler's arm.

      While I noted his loss of yardage, I'm not really down on Matt Forte. He was a grinder last season, usually getting 100 yards and/or one touchdown each game to consistently put up fantasy points. I'd expect him to lose yardage with Cutler in town, but he could make up for that loss with more receiving yards or touchdowns. It's just hard to predict an increase in touchdowns for a guy in his second season and with a new quarterback. I still like Forte as a top-five pick.