Jay Cutler, welcome to the Windy City.
One day after being traded to the Bears for QB Kyle Orton and three draft picks, Cutler was introduced at a press conference in Chicago, with general manager Jerry Angelo and coach Lovie Smith at his side.
“I couldn’t be more excited,” Cutler said. “I’m here to help this team win and bring a championship back to Chicago.”
Cutler, who said he felt like it was draft day all over again, didn’t want to get into details over what happened during his fallout with the Broncos. Denver coach Josh McDaniels addressed the situation earlier Friday at a press conference in Colorado.
“Both sides probably would’ve done things differently,” Cutler said. “(But) everything happens for a reason, and that’s behind me now.
“In the end, it’s a situation where both parties felt best if they parted ways. I think the Broncos are happy with the situation and how it turned out, and I think the Bears are, too.
“The bottom line is, I’m a Chicago Bear.”
Cutler added that Denver was “still kind of John Elway‘s town, and it always will be.”
Chicago is an ideal landing spot for Cutler, who grew up a Bears fan in Lincoln City, Ind. He said that although he didn’t have any control over where he went, he couldn’t have been happier with how things turned out.
“I’m looking forward to the future,” Cutler said. “… I couldn’t be more excited about it.
“We’ve got a lot of weapons, and that makes it fun. I think we can do a lot of different things.”
Smith said that the Bears’ additions, which include OTs Orlando Pace, Kevin Shaffer and Frank Omiyale and FS Josh Bullocks, has him eager to get started.
“I just feel like our ballclub has been improved since we played our last ballgame,” Smith said. “(Cutler) has a good group of teammates to go along with him, and together, we’re going to be able to accomplish a lot of things.”
Angelo called the buzz over Cutler’s arrival in Chicago a “tsunami-type of energy.”
“It really is great — great for our fans, great for our organization,” Angelo said. “… It’s very surreal in some ways.”
NFL Network’s Kara Henderson caught up with Bears WR Devin Hester, who said he “thought it was a prank” when he was told about the Cutler acquisition.
“I’m the type of guy that loves going deep,” Hester said. “Hopefully we can shock the world, show them we can throw the deep ball.”