Jay Cutler got his wish Thursday: a ticket out of Denver. And the Chicago Bears have a franchise quarterback for the first time in decades.
The Broncos on Thursday traded their disgruntled Pro Bowl passer to the Bears, who've gone through a bevy of quarterbacks without much success ever since Jim McMahon was calling plays in the 1980s.
The Broncos get quarterback Kyle Orton in return, along with two first-round draft picks and a third-rounder.
The Broncos get the Bears' top pick in this year's draft, which is No. 18 overall, and Chicago's first-round draft pick in 2010, along with a third-round selection this year (No. 84 overall). Denver also gave up a fifth-rounder this year.
Offshore books posted odds on where Cutler would land and listed the Bears at +500. The New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins were all considered more likely by the book to land the former Commodore.
According to oddsmaker Blake Edwards, Washington was getting the majority of action on the prop bet (40 percent) before it was announced the Bears had struck a deal.
The books have already adjusted their odds on Chicago to win the Super Bowl - moving the Monsters of the Midway from 40-1 to 25-1 shortly after the deal was confirmed.
The Bears visit the Broncos for an exhibition game on August 30th.