I have to admit that I was duped for a moment when everything went down. The combination of the Cutler and Pace signing was a shock that stunned me.
With everyone rushing to get on the bandwagon, it was a frantic haze with kool-aid cups left everywhere. A lot of people quickly ran for their Christmas lists to revise them with the new name to be added on top of the it (Jerry Angelo). On some blogs and chat rooms fans were even writing apologies with thank you letters.
I was watching an interview of Jerry Angelo on the Bears website regarding the acquisition of Cutler. In that interview a reporter asked Angelo if the Bears had planned on redoing Cutlers contract. Angelo’s reply was that he is signed through the next three seasons, which I interpreted as, no they won’t be redoing the contract.
That’s when it hit me. Angelo had just gotten his “franchise” QB at a very reasonable price, contract wise ($1.1 million in ’09 aprox. not including incentive bonuses). Also in this deal, he managed to eliminate the cost of signing two first round and one third round draft picks.
In addition to all that, he saved the money that he would have had to pay Orton at that end of the season (which radio hosts speculated could have been a reasonable $4 million).
So in all this, he came out ahead player and money-wise. Quite a well played hand for sure.