QB Cutler Becomes a Bear
NFL quarterback Jay Cutler has been traded by the Denver Broncos to the Chicago Bears, ending an off-season controversy that had swirled around the rifle-armed passer, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes last year.
Cutler, 25, had a highly publicized falling out with the Broncos after it became known in February that Denver had talked with other teams about trading him. An angry Cutler was a no-show last month for the Broncos' off-season program, and there were press reports that the New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Washington Redskins all hoped to acquire him.
After his diabetes diagnosis in early 2008, Cutler gained back 35 pounds that he had lost and went on to have a Pro Bowl season for the Broncos, passing for a team-record 4,526 yards and 25 touchdowns.
Cutler, a 6-foot-3-inch, 233-pound standout at Vanderbilt University who was the 11th overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft, told Diabetes Forecast before last season that he was managing his diabetes successfully: "Not everyone has the kind of resources that I have," Cutler said. "I mean, not everyone has access to a chef who makes meals and gives you your carb count. ... I'm one of the lucky ones."
In what the Bears called a "blockbuster trade," Chicago acquired Cutler and a 2009 fifth-round draft choice from Denver in exchange for quarterback Kyle Orton, first-round draft picks in 2009 and 2010, and a third-round choice this year.
"I think Jay is a great quarterback," Bears receiver Devin Hester told Sporting News radio. "I'm looking forward to playing with him this year, and I think he's going to come out and shock the world."