In A No-Win Situation, The Broncos Did As Well As They Possibly Could.
3 draft picks and a somewhat serviceable quarterback is about as much as the Broncos could possibly have gotten in return for Cutler. Everyone knew that he already had one foot out the door, and he had no interest in playing for coach Josh McDaniels, regardless of his recent comments saying he never wanted to be traded.
So in a sense, the Broncos did well. That being said, they have now lost the most important single component of their formerly potent offense, which was the only bright spot on the team.
Their defense is awful, and now their offense is without a legitimate quarterback, and they also really don't have a quality running back. Their 2 excellent receivers, Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal, will not live up to their potential with the weak-armed Kyle Orton, as they could have with Cutler.
While the extra draft picks will certainly help the Broncos, they will need to strike gold on at least one of them for them to have a viable replacement for Cutler, and those draft picks will be needed to take care of the Broncos defense, one of the worst in the league last year.
The Broncos are still a long way from being true Super Bowl contenders, and trading away their franchise QB for a couple draft picks and a mediocre Kyle Orton wasn't exactly the smartest move.
The Bears also hurt themselves with this trade. While they certainly have a guy who can be their QB for the next decade or so, barring injury, they have very little else on the offensive side of the ball. Their defense isn't dominant enough to bring them to the Super Bowl as it did back in Super Bowl XLI, so they will need some help from their offense.
Unfortunately for the Bears, that offense won't be able to help too much for at least a few years. Their offensive line is still bad, and they still don't have the receivers that it would take for us to see the Cutler that we saw make the Pro Bowl this year. Matt Forte is very good, but he'll only get so far behind that offensive line.
The Bears clearly gave up far more than they should have in this one. Many people speculated that once the Broncos demanded 2 first round picks, it was a sign that they weren't really interested in trading Cutler, and were just trying to scare off other teams by high-balling them with such insane demands.
The only thing crazier than the Broncos asking for 2 first rounders is the fact that the Bears actually gave it to them... and more. It's not often that a trade hurts both teams involved, but unless one of them pulls off a miracle in some of the upcoming drafts, that's how this one is shaping up.