When the Bears turned over a king's ransom for disgruntled Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler this week, they removed themselves from the wide receiver market through the first round. That helps the Ravens, if, in fact, Baltimore is targeting one of the top receivers in the April 25 lottery.

Chicago gave up the 18th overall pick and a third-rounder this year, plus a No. 1 pick next year and quarterback Kyle Orton to get the self-centered and insecure Cutler. GM Jerry Angelo is betting the house that Cutler is a franchise quarterback who can take the Bears to the Super Bowl.

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Was he scared into giving up all those picks because the Redskins' Dan Snyder was lurking in the background? Probably. Was Cutler worth it? Only if he wins a Super Bowl. Otherwise, it's a bad deal.

Denver won't be in the market for wide receivers, especially on the first day. The Broncos need a defensive overhaul, and now they need to find a quarterback of the future. If they elect to trade up to Seattle's fourth pick or Cleveland's fifth, they could probably land Mark Sanchez. If they don't trade up, they could wind up with Josh Freeman.

The Broncos and Eagles are the top teams that appear to have an interest in trading into the top 10. Denver needs defense, the Eagles could use one of the elite offensive tackles. But after the top 10-12 picks come off the board, most teams are going to look to trade back for better value. That's because they'll be drafting second-round talent by the middle of the first round. The value is better in the second and possibly third rounds.

One more point on the Bears. They had scheduled a workout with Maryland's Darrius Heyward-Bey for next week, but have cancelled it.

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