Brad Childress has confirmed what most of us already knew anyway: that the Vikings made no effort whatsoever to get in on Jay Cutler after Pat Bowlen‘s announcement last week that the Broncos intended to trade him. That door got slammed much earlier when the organization made up its mind that, given Cutler’s apparent character issues, a trade would not be in their best interests. Clearly, if the Vikes were not willing to give up the relatively small package it would’ve taken to get Cutler in a three-way deal sending Matt Cassel to Denver, why would they even consider a much riskier deal of the type the Bears made?
The long-and-short of it: the Bears were willing to roll the dice on Cutler and the Vikings weren’t. The Bears looked at the complete Cutler package, including the way he’s behaved the last couple of months, and decided he was still worth it. The Vikings went over the same evidence and concluded he was not. The Bears now believe they have a quarterback to lead them for the next ten years, while the Vikings remain in relative quarterback limbo, hoping either Tarvaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels will pan out.