We made the case two weeks ago that trading Kyle Orton made no sense for the Broncos.
The decision makers in Denver disagreed, at least earlier in the offseason. Mike Klis of the Denver Post writes that the Broncos “let it be known” Orton was available this offseason.
That position may have changed, with a Broncos source telling Mike Klis that Orton is not available.
The whole dynamic is strange. Orton knows that he’s not fully wanted, but he’s the best quarterback on the roster by all accounts. He’s also trying to carry himself like a starter.
“If you want to be a successful quarterback
in this league, you’ve got to have that about yourself,” said Brandon
Stokley. “You can see that [Orton]
has it. You can see he’s more comfortable this year, as well as we all
are, being in this system for a year.”
We still strongly believe Orton will be the Week One starter. But his availability earlier this offseason indicates he could be displaced by a teammate or placed on another team.