The Jay Cutler Trade Is Complete: Who Won?


Published: April 28, 2009


... were wheeling-and-dealing on draft day.  They now have only six picks in next year's draft; they traded away their own first round pick and their own fifth round pick.  They still have the Bears' first round pick, but the odds are that will be no higher in the order than the Broncos' natural pick...and quite possibly far lower.

Here are the moves the Broncos made that relate to the Cutler trade:

Drafted Robert Ayers (DE, Tennessee) with the Bears pick.  By all indications, Ayers is a strong talent, although he really did not turn it on until his senior season.  Still, he was what the Broncos wanted to play end/undertackle in their new 3-4 scheme.

Traded their own 2010 first round draft choice to Seattle for the No. 37 pick in the 2009 draft, used to select Alphonso Smith (CB, Wake Forest):  Everyone agrees with the fact that if the Broncos did not have the Bears' first-round choice in 2010, this tra...

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