Bears’ 2009 NFL Draft: What Angelo Could Do Following the Jay Cutler Trade


Published: April 11, 2009


... being touted as a Super Bowl contender in the NFC.

Cutler came at a high price, though, with the Bears sending three draft picks and quarterback Kyle Orton to Denver in return.

The first questions to come pouring in from Chicago fans after the elation wore off a bit had to do with two main topics: who Cutler will throw to and what does the trade mean for the Bears' 2009 draft prospects?

Most analysts are trying to address both questions with the same answer, thinking that the team will use its second-round pick on a wideout for No. 6 to pass to next season.

With the team's offensive line looking much better after the signing of Orlando Pace, I'm starting to think that way too.  

Now, the first thing you have to understand is that the Bears are not a team that is accustomed to taking risks.

General manager Jerry Angelo has only traded up once before in the draft—to take receiver Justin Gage in the fifth round in 2003—and before...

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