Jay Cutler was nearly a Redskin

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler nearly joined the Washington Redskins in 2009 before being traded to the Bears.

"There were a few teams we got calls about that it was kind of coming down to the wire," Cutler said on his radio show. "I thought Washington was a done deal."

It wasn't, though.

The Bears traded first-round draft picks and one third-round pick and quarterback Kyle Orton in exchange for Cutler and a fifth-round draft pick.

"Earlier in the day, I remember Bus calling and saying it was pretty close," Cutler recalled. "But I didn't know Shanny was gonna go there at the time. Then, Bus called me back, I think at 3 [p.m.], [and he's like], 'It's off the table. They couldn't find a third team to compete the trade.' Then, he called me back at 5 [p.m.], and was like, 'Chicago. If you're in with Chicago, we're doing it.' I'm like, 'I'm all in, let's go.'"

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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