Very Sneaky Jerry, Very Sneaky

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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.


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2 Responses to “Very Sneaky Jerry, Very Sneaky”

  1. Eric says:

    This is an extremely positive view on the situation. Two First rounders is a big price to pay.

    Bears @ Redskins for the NFC Championship game.

  2. Brian says:

    Trust me, I wasn’t very positive when I read about the three picks traded.

    However, there were a couple of points that cooled my opinoins on the matter. One being that they were the 18th and likely 20th (approximately) picks. The second being that there is no gambling with the signing of a proven QB. Both of the Bears first round picks could have very likely been a bust or nobodies. The third being is that they still have plenty of salary cap money to go after other players or work deals.

    The Bears now have a legit QB who can not only produce but also attract big name WR instead of repelling them. What is that worth to a team?