It's been almost five years since former Bears general manager Jerry Angelo pulled off a stunner, sending Kyle Orton and a plethora of draft choices to the Denver Broncos for quarterback Jay Cutler.
There's no question the trade benefited the Bears, who had been searching for a franchise quarterback since ... well the beginning of time.
But with the Broncos on the cusp of hoisting their third Lombardi Trophy in franchise history, were they the clear winners of the 2009 blockbuster deal?
The parameters of the Bears-Broncos trade were as follows: Chicago sent Orton, a 2009 and 2010 first-round selection and a third-round choice to Denver for Cutler and a fifth-round pick.
The Cutler deal, in essence, formed arguably one of the most productive wide receiver tandems in the NFL today. A string of draft-day trades helped Denver land both Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker in the 2010 NFL Draft. It was a long and winding road that led to the Broncos acquiring both star receivers as the Chicago Tribune's David Haugh thoroughly explained earlier this week.
- The Broncos used the No. 11 overall pick in the 2010 Draft from the Bears to trade down to the San Francisco 49ers No. 13 selection, also acquiring their 113th overall pick.
- Then traded the No. 13 selection to the Philadelphia Eagles for picks No. 24, 70 and 87.
- Sent the 113th overall pick (acquired previously from the 49ers) to the New England Patriots to move up from No. 24 to No. 22 in the first-round.
- Denver used the No. 22 pick to select Thomas and then used the 87th overall selection (acquired previously from the Eagles) to land Decker.
Besides the aforementioned wide receivers, the Broncos also drafted defensive end Robert Ayers, tight end Richard Quinn and quarterback Tim Tebow with their picks acquired from the Bears.
Although Cutler and the Bears are on the outside looking in as the Broncos prepare for the Super Bowl, remember one thing.
This trade would look entirely different if Denver failed to acquire Peyton Manning.
Let us know who you think won the the 2009 Bears-Broncos trade.