Ever since Jay Cutler and the Denver Broncos started not being bestest buddies anymore, Cutler's name rang out in the Chicago media. And why not? He's a young, prototype quarterback with a world of potential in front of him, and what's even better is that he's already actualized that potential. He's so good he makes us write like Tony Robbins speaks. "Actualized that potential." Ugh.
The one problem with all of this Cutler love in Chicago is that the Bears can't just go out and sign him. They need to trade, and that requires piecing something together for what appears to be essentially nothing -- the Bears have little to offer beyond their running back, Matt Forte, a few draft picks, and maybe Kyle Orton. It's going to be a challenge.
And that's even if the Bears make an offer. In an offseason in which Bears GM Jerry Angelo has done little, those chances seem slim. But! There is a slice of hope, via Yahoo! Sports -- the Bears have called the Broncos about Jay Cutler. You may begin dancing in the street now:
Yahoo! Sports reported Wednesday that the Bears have reached out to the Broncos about Cutler, who has requested a trade. The extent of that discussion is unknown, but it's evident that general manager Jerry Angelo -- to use his pet phrase -- is doing his due diligence.
Well look at that. Jerry's all grown up, talking to other teams, maybe thinking about maybe trading for a franchise quarterback maybe, sort of, if he gets around to it. You say this is nothing. We say this is a step. It's like your first kiss. You don't want to rush into it. Ease in. Sure, the Bears will probably never get Cutler, but at least Angelo is pretending to care about doing so. We really don't ask for much.
Eamonn Brennan is a Chicago-based writer, editor and blogger who wants to go back to sleep now. You can also read him at Yahoo! Sports, FanHouse, Mouthpiece Sports Blog, and Inside The Hall, or at his personal site, eamonnbrennan.com. Follow him on Twitter.