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Rob Rang

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When I first heard of the litany of picks the Bears gave up for Jay Cutler I was reminded of the bonanzas given up by the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints' for the rights to Herschel Walker and Ricky Williams.

I don't have to tell you that the Vikings and Saints did not get the better end of those deals.

Despite the history, however, I like this deal for the Chicago Bears.

General manager Jerry Angelo recognized the closing window of opportunity that his defense has and made an immediate upgrade at the game's most vital position. The trade, along with the free agent addition of Orlando Pace, instantly makes Chicago a legitimate Super Bowl contender, in my opinion.

The deal is a risky one. Giving up back to back first round picks could put this franchise back years. But it also was an aggressive move that could pay off in glory, especially considering the young talent the Bears have on offense. Devin Hester is a legitimate speed threat that Cutler can take advantage of. I believe in the route-running and hands I saw while Earl Bennett was breaking SEC records while at Vanderbilt -- in large part because Cutler was throwing him the ball there. Tight end Greg Olsen could be the verge of a breakout campaign. Chris Williams was well worth a first round pick at offensive tackle... and oh, by the way, Matt Forte, can play a little, as well.

Considering the talent on this team, a franchise quarterback -- and I certainly believe Cutler is that -- can be enough to win the division.

And how many teams in the NFC do you think can walk into Soldier Field in January and beat the Bears?

By Rob Rang  |  April 3, 2009; 7:20 AM ET  | Category:  Chicago Bears , Denver Broncos , Quarterbacks , Washington Redskins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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In answer to your final question Rob, zero. And can I just say for the record, I'm so sick of listening to commentators talk about how Aaron Rodgers is the best QB in the NFC North. What?! Did everyone forget that Cutler just played in the pro bowl and broke the record for single season passing yards in Denver?! Why all the negativity? It's because fans of NFC teams are TERRIFIED.

The previously one-dimensional Monsters of the Midway have finally achieved balance on both sides of the ball, and no one is ready to accept that Lovie Smith is leading this team back to the Super Bowl. It's too scary to imagine the powerhouse this team can become with a star QB.

Posted by: aprildf | April 3, 2009 1:52 PM

It was once said that Chicago is where good quarterbacks go to die, but every 30 years or so the franchise makes a good decision. This just might be it. If they make a good run for the Super Bowl McCaskey will promptly dismantle the unit and there will be little new talent in the wings- just like always.

The comment above fails to realize that Rodgers played in only his first season as a starter and did so without an offensive line. The Vikings still are solid too. The NFC North might just be exciting for once, and the team that advances to the playoffs may actually have more than 10 victories.

Posted by: swampwaffle | April 3, 2009 6:51 PM

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