How the Cutler Trade Affects the Eagles

Unless you’ve been dead, incapacitated or lost in a drug-induced haze, you know Jay Cutler has been dealt to the Bears. Good move by both teams, in my opinion. Chicago gets what they’ve been missing since the heyday of Jim McMahon. Denver gets a #1 pick this year and next, as well as an extra 3rd rounder this April. Oh, I almost forgot, Kyle Orton too.

So, what does all this mean for the Eagles? First of all, Cutler won’t be a Redskin. I guess that’s good news. Although, the Birds have had problems beating the ‘Skins with Jason Campbell under center the last couple years.

Another positive: the Eagles won’t have to face Cutler when they play Denver this season. However, they will have to see him when they travel to Chicago. Dang. At least if they lose, it won’t be to Orton. Let’s call it a wash.

The biggest impact of this mega-deal will be felt in the upcoming draft. Denver now owns the 12th and 18th picks in the 1st round and the 79th and 84th selections in the 3rd round. Now, they could be putting together a massive package to land either Matt Stafford or Mark Sanchez, but let’s assume they will stick with Chris Simms and Kyle Orton and keep all their picks.

If they do, I would expect them to take a serious look at one of the top running backs. If for no other reason than to take pressure off the passing game. Currently, they have a bunch of #2 guys like Buck, Jordan and Arrington. If they only had the 12th overall pick, I doubt they would have gone RB, but armed with the 12th and 18th, I think there is an excellent chance they will use one on a back. This could present a problem for the Birds if, and I stress IF, Reid and Co. are interested in Knowshon Moreno.

Moreno would be a great fit for the Broncos and he will likely be available at the 18th spot. When the Bears held the pick there was no way they would take Moreno, considering they already have Matt Forte. Denver, well aware that Philly is waiting to go RB at 21, could pull the trigger on Moreno.

Another scenario involves the 3rd round. Denver sits at 84, Philly at 85. Let’s say both teams avoid RB until this point. It’s possible Denver could swipe the guy the Birds want. A draft war room must be aware of the teams around them and what those teams need. The Bears posed no real threat to take a runner, but Denver does. Whether or not this alters the Birds Big Board remains to be seen. Just something to ponder as we inch closer to April 25th.

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