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Flashback #83: Bears Trade For Cutler (2009)

Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo, quarterback Jay Cutler and head coach Lovie Smith are all smiles after introducing Cutler as their new quarterback during a press conference on April 3, 2009. (Photo by Jim Prisching/Getty Images)

Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo, quarterback Jay Cutler and head coach Lovie Smith are all smiles after introducing Cutler as their new quarterback during a press conference on April 3, 2009. (Photo by Jim Prisching/Getty Images)

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April 2, 2009 – Bears trade for Cutler

It was a day Bears fans won’t soon forget.

On April 2, 2009, the Bears did the unthinkable — they successfully traded for a 25-year-old, Pro Bowl quarterback coming off the best season in his short career where he set a Broncos’ franchise passing record en route to the Pro Bowl.

The price was two first-round draft picks, a third-round pick and Kyle Orton in exchange for Cutler and a fifth-round pick. Still, it was a small price to pay for stability at the quarterback position for a franchise that has had a revolving door of quarterbacks over the years.

The Broncos began shopping Cutler shortly after they fired head coach Mike Shanahan and hired rookie coach Josh McDaniels. Cutler and McDaniels clashed, so the quarterback wanted out.

LISTEN: The Score’s reaction to the Cutler trade

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