Cutler sent to Bears for Orton

Nfl Notes

April 03, 2009|By From Sun news services

The Denver Broncos agreed Thursday to trade disgruntled Pro Bowl quarterback Jay Cutler to the Chicago Bears.

The Broncos will get quarterback Kyle Orton in return, along with two first-round draft picks and a third-round selection.

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-round pick this year.

Cutler asked for a trade last month after new coach Josh McDaniels talked with other teams about trading his passer. Last season, Cutler threw for 4,526 yards and 25 touchdowns with 18 interceptions.

More Bears: : Chicago agreed to a three-year deal with free agent Orlando Pace, 33, a seven-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle who had visited the Ravens' facility last month.

Browns:: Wide receiver Donte' Stallworth surrendered in court to face charges that he was driving drunk when he struck and killed a pedestrian last month in Miami. He was released on $200,000 bail and expressed condolences to the family of victim Mario Reyes, 59. Stallworth, 28, will enter a plea April 23.

Vick: : An agent for Michael Vick told a bankruptcy court he hopes the suspended quarterback can return to the NFL by September. Joel Segal testified as part of a hearing to assess Vick's plan to emerge from bankruptcy. Vick, who is serving a 23-month sentence for bankrolling a dogfighting operation, is scheduled to testify Friday. Vick will work a 40-hour-a-week, $10-an-hour construction job once he is released on home confinement, his attorney said.

Et cetera: : Former Boston College lineman B.J. Raji, considered the top defensive tackle eligible for this month's draft, failed a drug test at the NFL combine, SI.com reported, citing NFL team sources. ... Former NFL running back Travis Henry reached a plea agreement in a federal drug case. Court papers do not say what charges Henry, 30, intends to plead to. ... The NFL Players Association expects a ruling this week in its case contesting whether teams can withhold guaranteed salaries and bonus money from embattled players Plaxico Burress and Larry Johnson. ... Defensive end Phillip Daniels, 36, signed a one-year contract to return to the Redskins.

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