The Detroit Lions can't even win in the off-season.
On a day in which experts and analysts and former players and draft prognosticators and more experts debated who would win the Jay Cutler sweepstakes, a team that wasn't mentioned - at least not prominently - came out on top.
And it's enough to make Lions fans cringe.
According to FOXSports.com's Jay Glazer, the Chicago Bears sent two No. 1 picks (this year and 2010) along with their third-round choice in April to Denver in return for the strong-armed signal caller.
The price is a little steep, and many in league circles think the Bears overpaid.
But the alternative, as viewed by Chicago, would have been sitting idle while Cutler was traded to Detroit.
But what makes the situation worse is that the Lions were, indeed, in the mix with Washington and Tampa Bay. The Broncos, however, liked the idea of acquiring a veteran quarterback (Orton) and two first-round draft choices in consecutive years.
So instead of instantly rebuilding at the quarterback position, the Lions were set back even further than before: watching the team it might be nearest to in the division from a competitive standpoint, grow considerably stronger.
Detroit was willing to part with No. 1 overall (and not much else), but Denver had no interest in tying up its salary cap in an unproven commodity.