While it's fun to bash the Bears and GM Jerry Angelo, Andrew Brandt has a great, reasoned take on the Cutler trade today. Money quote:
I was involved in a couple of such trades that looked like immediate losers for the Packers but now appear in a different light. In successive years, we traded Mike McKenzie and Javon Walker to New Orleans and Denver for second-round picks that turned into Nick Collins and Greg Jennings, respectively. At first blush, the trades looked one-sided for the Saints and Broncos, who acquired proven veterans while we got rookies from Bethune-Cookman and Western Michigan. The instant analysis of those trades certainly did not favor Green Bay.
Today, McKenzie is out of the league, recently released by the Saints. Walker lasted two seasons with the Broncos and caught 15 balls for the Raiders last season while collecting $13M. Collins was in the Pro Bowl a couple months ago, and Jennings may be a top 10 receiver in the NFL (he has 133 receptions the last two seasons compared to Walker’s 41). A bit different look for these trades today, no? …
I guess I should follow my own edict when it comes to grading drafts when it comes to looking at trades, no? Yes, I definetly jumped the gun the other day. But it sure got the blood flowing, didn't it? ;)
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