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Kyle Orton reportedly on Vikings radar

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In theory, the Vikings might love to start rookie quarterback Christian Ponder on day one and let him learn on the job.

In reality, the team may only have three weeks to get ready for the season and playing a rookie quarterback could be unrealistic and ultimately harmful to the kid’s development.  The Vikings can’t assume anything about Ponder until they see more of him and they’ll have to get some veteran alternative.

Enter Kyle Orton?

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen write that Minnesota plans to add a veteran and Orton is on the team’s radar.

Rational minds may disagree, but we’d rather give up a third or fourth-round pick for Orton than whatever Kevin Kolb is going to cost in draft picks and money.   (Kolb is obviously out of play for Minnesota, but our opinion holds true for any team.)

Orton is a sensible target for teams like Minnesota, Tennessee, or Miami that want competition at quarterback or a bridge to a rookie quarterback that may not be ready to play well in 2011.

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  1. captainwisdom8888 says: May 20, 2011 3:16 PM

    Orton is a nice fit for Minnesota and I think he is going to make it hard for Ponder to get any playing time over the next few seasons. That’s a good thing for Ponder’s development…

  2. comeonnowguys says: May 20, 2011 3:17 PM

    Never been a fan of his arm, but it’s been proven that Orton + strong running game + decent defense = wins.

    I still can’t believe that even without McDaniels’ scheme that Orton still isn’t the best QB in Denver.

  3. hobartbaker says: May 20, 2011 3:17 PM

    Radar operators described him as a “large, slowmoving, blimplike, object.”.

  4. hobartbaker says: May 20, 2011 3:18 PM

    @hobartbaker…..show some respect for Orton, jerk!

  5. mvp43 says: May 20, 2011 3:20 PM

    That’s a good fit…….

    I think Ponder has potential, but to throw him in now would be a big mistake. Let him sit behind Orton for a couple years and run the practice squad. Basically learn how to be an NFL QB…….

  6. redskinspike says: May 20, 2011 3:20 PM

    Why wouldn’t the Redskins be a sensible target? They have an untested QB (Beck) and two QBs that will most likely get released (McNabb, Grossman). It seems like the Redskins would be very well likely to try and trade for someone like Orton, especially since the price tag isn’t too terrible for him.

  7. heavythumb says: May 20, 2011 3:20 PM

    I have been saying this for two years now. Please, please bring the neckbeard to Minny.

  8. friendlylittletrees says: May 20, 2011 3:20 PM

    Don’t you see everyone lining up for a chance to get Neck Beard?

  9. packerrube13 says: May 20, 2011 3:24 PM

    I agree. Orton would be a great add for that team, especially a team that outside of QB is in win now mode.

    They would be a wild card contender with Orton at QB…

  10. citizenstrange says: May 20, 2011 3:24 PM

    You might call it a case of …..
    Radar Love
    YEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!
    /CSI:Miami-ed
    and
    /Golden Earringed

  11. yortnella says: May 20, 2011 3:24 PM

    Orton?….why do the vikings always go after the packer and bear rejects?

  12. supersuckers3 says: May 20, 2011 3:25 PM

    Why would you even Ponder passing? Anyway Orton fits the profile. Journeyman clown. Ponder (i laugh everytime I type or say it) needs to be developed. If they have a QB guru to develop him then he needs to sit and learn for a few years. If they don’t (which is most likely) then throw him to the wolves and listen to Paul Allen state (Why do you even ponder Ponder passing? You can take a knee, and kick a 56 yard field goal. This isn’t Detroit man this is for the Super Bowl) all year.

  13. minnesotablizzard says: May 20, 2011 3:30 PM

    “ESPN’s Chris Mortensen write that Minnesota plans to add a veteran”

    WROTE.

    *Checks to confirm it was written by Rosenthal, king of the errors*

  14. thephantomstranger says: May 20, 2011 3:34 PM

    Orton would be a good transition QB if they don’t have to give up too much for him. A 4th-round pick would be all right, but other teams would probably be willing to give up more. I’d like to see Ponder sit for one year and be ready to start in 2012.

  15. bigpurple72 says: May 20, 2011 3:34 PM

    4th rounder for Orton is reasonable. Start him for at least the first 10 games and see where Ponder is at development-wise and make the call if he’s ready. Of course that also depends on the team record…if they’re 6-4 with Orton, probably best to stick with him for entire season if playoffs are possible.

  16. technovike says: May 20, 2011 3:34 PM

    Seemed like Orton was the only thing going for the Broncos last year.

    But i dont think its going to matter now that the lockout is extended who the QB will be, veteren or not, neither one is going to have a lot of practice and coaching. Ponder might be the best choice if he at least has a playbook. Even Webb would have a shot now i think.

  17. 1bbfan says: May 20, 2011 3:36 PM

    @redskinspike
    I wonder if he would go to Washington with Rex Grossman heading there. After playing together in Chicago that probably is not the best fit.

  18. packattack1967 says: May 20, 2011 3:38 PM

    Minnesota Vikings
    Bwaaahaaahaaahahaaaa

  19. ernieernie says: May 20, 2011 3:39 PM

    I would love the Vikes to pick up Orton. First he has never been a winner in his life so that means the Pack only has to defeat the Lions Twice, bears once and vikes twice to be on their way to another super bowl.

    Go Kyle Go.

    Kyle Orton??? I know I did not do drugs this week.

  20. brutus9448 says: May 20, 2011 3:41 PM

    denver would be stupid to trade orton and start tebow. But elway is running the show there so anything is possible

  21. broncobourque says: May 20, 2011 3:42 PM

    Minnesota is a good fit for Orton but I think it might be a 2nd or 3rd round pick and not a 3rd or 4th, maybe it is just wishfull thinking. Orton is the definition of average starting QB, ranking 14th and 15th the last 2 years in QB rating. He isn’t going to carry a team on his back but he is much better than people think. A team with a solid defense and running game like the Vikings, Orton would keep them competing for the wild card at least and maybe even the division.

  22. sterling7 says: May 20, 2011 3:42 PM

    Nice fit, I’m not allergic to McNabb as I think he would play with a chip on his shoulders and be most productive even at a pro bowl caliber level as everyone would underestimate the gas he has left in the tank. However I think Kyle Orton would be a beautiful fit as he has something to prove also and he would have weapons and experience, it would be most exciting-excellent fit!

  23. fwippel says: May 20, 2011 3:45 PM

    Orton would be a good addition to the Vikings, and my guess is Ponder probably wouldn’t beat him out anytime soon.

    My only problem with this would be why draft Ponder at #12, and then turn around and trade for Orton? Orton may not be Brees or Manning, but he’s a more consistent starter than anyone the Vikings have had in several years.

  24. hoobsher says: May 20, 2011 3:47 PM

    better him than mcnabb…

    come to think of it, better anyone than mcnabb

  25. yzguy431 says: May 20, 2011 3:49 PM

    he’ll need to wear a wristband.

  26. moondog7 says: May 20, 2011 3:53 PM

    Id Rather have TEBOW

  27. rayala3 says: May 20, 2011 3:54 PM

    Why would Denver get rid of Orton? Tebow? lol

  28. supersuckers3 says: May 20, 2011 3:57 PM

    Why do you even ponder Ponder passing his rookie year? AHAHAHAHAHHAHAAHHAHA!!!!!!! This isnt Detroit Man………HAHAHAHAHAHA!

  29. raiderinpa says: May 20, 2011 3:57 PM

    I thought Orton was a decent college quarterback, not sure about an NFL QB though.. Either way, whoever the Broncos QB is will get his a$$ kicked by the Silver & Black!!

  30. mikeyz6 says: May 20, 2011 3:59 PM

    orton, mcnabb, kolb, there is some talent out there…………

    theres no way in hell they start ponder…. he shouldn’t have been drafted in the 1st round… good for him tho

  31. fafafuey says: May 20, 2011 4:03 PM

    As a Panthers/Fox fan I would say there is no chance Orton get traded-he is going to be the Broncos QB for as long as Fox is there-guaranteed.

  32. cmich2006 says: May 20, 2011 4:08 PM

    Sucks to be Orton….everywhere he goes they have his replacement in the wings.

  33. litterofcola says: May 20, 2011 4:17 PM

    I would welcome Orton to the Vikings for sure, with the lockout and Ponder not given the chance to Gel with the team, Orton would be a nice transition to the rookie.

  34. dbellina says: May 20, 2011 4:18 PM

    I’m ok with this.

  35. tombradyhonorsociety says: May 20, 2011 4:24 PM

    Know what else is on the Vikings’ radar? The basement.

  36. bills56shout says: May 20, 2011 4:28 PM

    Orton would be a great pick up for Minnesota. Harvin, Rice and Peterson are wasted without a good QB. Orton would be a nice bridge to Ponder.

  37. PurpleRaid18 says: May 20, 2011 4:32 PM

    “Why wouldn’t the Redskins be a sensible target? They have an untested QB (Beck) and two QBs that will most likely get released (McNabb, Grossman).”
    __________________________________

    Because that untested QB is now 30 years old and has been in the league for 5 years. It’s now or never for him. You don’t bring in Orton (who is younger) to bridge the gap before an older successor. If the Skins go after Orton, it should be as a franchise QB – or until they draft someone in the next few years.

    As far as Orton going to Minnesota, I’m all for it. He’s played within the NFC North before, so he knows the competition and he has shown he can win games with talent around him.

  38. dockery23 says: May 20, 2011 4:34 PM

    I love punching Packer fans in the mouth! OOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooweeeee! skol vikes

  39. fargovikesfan says: May 20, 2011 4:35 PM

    The Vikes need to stop throwing away draft picks on stop gap players. Childress used about 1/4 of our draft picks to go get washed up has been or never will be QB’s to plug the holes when his Prodigy kept falling flat on his face or getting hurt. The good teams stockpile picks, not trade them all away. (see New England). Pick up a veteran backup in free agency (Bulger, Volek, Gradkowski, etc) and roll with Ponder, Webb, and the FA pickup.

  40. 13xworldchamps says: May 20, 2011 4:36 PM

    What did the Vikings go last year…6-10. and you say they are just a QB away from contention.

    Aging defense and an offensive line in shambles, no third down back.

    I thought you guys reached for Ponder because he was “The most ready QB in the Draft to jump to the pro’s.”

  41. rcunningham says: May 20, 2011 4:37 PM

    supersuckers3 says:
    May 20, 2011 3:25 PM
    Why would you even Ponder passing? Anyway Orton fits the profile. Journeyman clown. Ponder (i laugh everytime I type or say it) needs to be developed. If they have a QB guru to develop him then he needs to sit and learn for a few years. If they don’t (which is most likely) then throw him to the wolves and listen to Paul Allen state (Why do you even ponder Ponder passing? You can take a knee, and kick a 56 yard field goal. This isn’t Detroit man this is for the Super Bowl) all year.

    I don’t think your Ponder joke is nearly as funny as you think it is, as evidenced by the 40 thumbs down and the 1 thumb up (probably from yourself).

    Anyway, this would be a good move. Orton is a solid, reliable QB.

  42. jebdamone says: May 20, 2011 4:48 PM

    i have liked this idea for months now. kyle will be a good veteran presence for ponder, but not a good enough player to threaten ponder for the future of the position. he makes the vikings a playoff caliber team with the offensive weapons they posses and hopefully could be had for a 3rd rounder at the highest. won’t attract a huge salary, is a good teammate and could give the vikings up to a couple of years of decent QB play while ponder gets a chance to become a good nfl QB.

  43. PurpleRaid18 says: May 20, 2011 4:50 PM

    “Why would you even Ponder passing?”
    ____________________________________

    Why would you even ponder posting?

  44. forevercorr says: May 20, 2011 4:55 PM

    I think Denver is going to be able to get a higher bid for Orton than what’s described here – and with needs at DT and RB, I imagine they may go for players.
    That said, as someone who will continue to cheer for Orton after he’s gone, I hope he ends up some place like Minnesota or Arizona where he has talent to work with.

  45. supersuckers3 says: May 20, 2011 5:03 PM

    Why would you even ponder Ponder passing? AHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!! 6-10 with the almighty Favre and now you think Orton is the answer? Why would you ponder that?

  46. okemon says: May 20, 2011 5:05 PM

    I’m all smiles :)

  47. gilgafresh says: May 20, 2011 5:07 PM

    Orton is a good, solid quarterback. Nothing flashy, but he’s fairly accurate with a decent arm, very smart with the ball, and a true professional. Essentially, he’s one of the leaders of the peloton of QBs in the league- and that’s still pretty damned good. I don’t know if he will ever be “great”, but with a stout D and a running game he’ll almost always do well enough to win.

    He would be a good fit for the Vikings (or any number of other teams not named the Broncos). Feel a little bad for him if he becomes, yet again, another transitional QB though.

  48. titsburgfeelers says: May 20, 2011 5:27 PM

    Sorry but I don’t see the Broncos giveing Orton away. 3-4 th round pick? Garentee it will 2nd and maybe a player or money. But 3rd to 4th. Keep dreaming.

  49. dogsweat1 says: May 20, 2011 5:39 PM

    Please somebody put this franchise away?

    The state of Minnesomalia is embarrassed enough.

    What Brian Griese is not available? lol

    If Orton was decent , Denver would keep him.

    Watch the clips of Orton against the Raiders last year.

    Disaster.

    Vikings are retread central.

    Year number 28 of rebuilding!!!!

    And they wonder why the Bears and Packers are more popular in Minnesomalia?

  50. sc5000 says: May 20, 2011 5:48 PM

    If Kevin Kolb who has started only 7 games in his career is worth more than a number 1 pick, then the Broncos would be foolish to take a 3rd or 4th. If anyone wants Orton they will have to pay for him, he isn’t worse than Kevin Kolb. Buyer beware on Kolb, more than likely he is the next Feely.

  51. coleman121280 says: May 20, 2011 6:02 PM

    ANYONE BUT MCNABB!!!

  52. goombar2 says: May 20, 2011 6:03 PM

    So the vikes are looking to bring in an efficient passer in his prime to compete against a rookie with a weak wing who will not have got through much off-season to compete for a job… This could kill Ponder’s confidence and might start a qb controversy.

    Sounds stupid, but having said that, welcome to the land of 10,000 lakes Mr Orton!

    Or we could start Favre watch? I’ll put in some money for the billboard!

  53. mikefromla says: May 20, 2011 6:10 PM

    Poll: Who shoulders more of the blame for turning the Vikings franchise into the laughing stock of the NFL?

    “Thumbs up” for Brad Childress

    “Thumbs down” for Favre

  54. gridassassin says: May 20, 2011 6:17 PM

    Familiar with the NFC North, is perfect trade bait, and he’s from Iowa. Makes perfect sense!

  55. kyleortonsarm says: May 20, 2011 6:20 PM

    Kyle Orton already plays for a team. he doesnt need to go anywhere.

  56. ted1sheckler says: May 20, 2011 6:30 PM

    I didn’t think it was possible, but the Packer fans on here have gotten even number than before.

    1 thing I can’t understand. How can you be a fan of a team with a flaming GM? TT better known as Tonsils from his playing days, drafts ” packer types”, they of the flowing locks and girlish skip jump celebrations.
    How can anyone in the locker room be comfortable with a 50 some year old walking around with tent pants?
    Seattle got rid of him for that very reason. In GB , this doesn’t appear to new problem.
    I read an article that said he likes to give odd presents such as Ben way balls to his favorite players. Who does that?
    I just don’t trust a guy who is rumored to have dropped the soap several times in the Houston locker room. It’s no wonder that the players had him kicked off the team.

  57. rcunningham says: May 20, 2011 6:39 PM

    supersuckers3 says:
    May 20, 2011 5:03 PM
    Why would you even ponder Ponder passing? AHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!! 6-10 with the almighty Favre and now you think Orton is the answer? Why would you ponder that?

    Who here said he was the “answer”? Obviously we’re in rebuilding mode, and Orton as QB would be more reliable than Webb or Ponder at this point. It’s not that hard to understand.

    And your Ponder joke STILL isn’t funny. No matter how many AHAHAHA’s you throw at the end of it. Go back to school, junior.

  58. sevensixtwonato says: May 20, 2011 6:43 PM

    Why would you even ponder Ponder passing? AHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!! 6-10 with the almighty Favre and now you think Orton is the answer? Why would you ponder that?

    ————————————————–

    Stop trying to be clever….you’re not.

  59. 52sackmachine says: May 20, 2011 6:49 PM

    Kyle Orton still won’t be good enough for the vikings to win a superbowl. Shoot hate to say it,but Orton stays in Denver, and Mcnabb goes to Minnesota, after his release!.

  60. ted1sheckler says: May 20, 2011 6:58 PM

    * dumber
    * to be a
    * Ben wa

    Stupid Fn word predictor!!

  61. kennyrogerschicken says: May 20, 2011 7:14 PM

    Maybe it could work, since he’s actually a pretty decent quarterback when he has a run game. Then again, I can’t help feeling like Minnesota has been here before……

  62. beauregard says: May 20, 2011 7:22 PM

    No way Orton goes for less than a 2nd round pick.
    There’s around 10 top tier QBs in the NFL, and another 10 or so a notch down. Orton fits in the second tier, but that still leaves around 12 teams whom Orton would be an immediate and substantial upgrade.
    When things finally open up in the free agent and trade markets Orton will be a hot commodity with more than a few bidders. The NFL is all about the QB position and if you have other pieces in place with a fair amount of talent then it makes good sense to trade a 2nd for Orton.

  63. snaponrules says: May 20, 2011 7:30 PM

    He is a perfect match for a team that has a guy with little to no experience and a rookie in Minnesota?
    Isnt that the same exact thing they have in Denver.
    How can the donks look at there 3 choices and think they need to trade Orton? Who is clearly far superior to anyone else they have on the roster. Not that he is that great, just better then the other 2.
    The only reason they would have to start tebust or quinn (over orton) would be if they want to have a shot at Luck next year.

  64. goombar2 says: May 20, 2011 7:41 PM

    The thing is, McNabb would be an easy qb to beat for Ponder. McNabb’s getting old, he isn’t as athletic, his arm ain’t what it used to be and he was never known for accuracy.

    Orton is pretty safe with the ball, is relatively young, has just as strong an arm as Ponder… Orton is gonna make better decisions that a rookie and it will take reps for Ponder to get better.

    Are fans in Minnesota going to just sit on there hands when things don’t take off well for Ponder or are they gonna boo him and call for Orton?

    Sure, McNabb sucks more and gives the vikes less of a chance today, but it’s an easy tomato can for Ponder to kick when he’s ready.

  65. supersuckers3 says: May 20, 2011 8:39 PM

    I have been pondering why Minnesota just doesn’t draft and develop? Not capable? Looking at their QB’s over the years there simply is no stability. Now Ponder may turn out to be a fine player but he is in the wrong organization if history has anything to say about it. Seriously, why even ponder Ponder passing this year? He needs to learn…and not the Alex Smith way. I mean you can take a knee, and kick a 56 yard fi….

  66. sakatak says: May 20, 2011 9:31 PM

    hobartbaker says:
    May 20, 2011 3:17 PM
    Radar operators described him as a “large, slowmoving, blimplike, object.”.

    3884
    hobartbaker says:
    May 20, 2011 3:18 PM
    @hobartbaker…..show some respect for Orton, jerk!
    _______________________________

    did they change your meds this week?

  67. duece5 says: May 20, 2011 9:31 PM

    ernieernie says:
    May 20, 2011 3:39 PM
    I would love the Vikes to pick up Orton. First he has never been a winner in his life so that means the Pack only has to defeat the Lions Twice, bears once and vikes twice to be on their way to another super bowl.

    Go Kyle Go.

    Kyle Orton??? I know I did not do drugs this week

    duece5:

    No, dude, you ARE on drugs……your WILDCARD fudgers caught lightning in a bottle at the end of year. Your girls ERIN hasn’t even won a division title yet, so seriously, slow down on the Supe talk…..typical cheese, fudgepacker idiocy!!!!!

  68. duece5 says: May 20, 2011 9:36 PM

    supersuckers3 says:
    May 20, 2011 8:39 PM
    I have been pondering why Minnesota just doesn’t draft and develop? Not capable? Looking at their QB’s over the years there simply is no stability. Now Ponder may turn out to be a fine player but he is in the wrong organization if history has anything to say about it. Seriously, why even ponder Ponder passing this year? He needs to learn…and not the Alex Smith way. I mean you can take a knee, and kick a 56 yard fi….

    duece 5 says…..I am laughing my arse off at your idoicy sucker….and your board name….dude, come up with another schtick on the Ponder joke…..dude YOU’RE 10 days late to the party-The Star tribune already wrote something about that the day after the draft……dude, if you”re a fudgepacker fan, why do you troll the Viking articles?

    Oh, I forgot, PFT doesn’t write about the pukes!!!!

    HAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!

    MY BAD!!!!!!!!!

  69. theytukrjobs says: May 20, 2011 9:58 PM

    I’ve always liked Orton, even when he played for the Bears. Obviously not what you are trying to get to starter-wise but a solid backup and a guy who isn’t going to complain about his role.

  70. supersuckers3 says: May 20, 2011 10:09 PM

    “…..dude YOU’RE 10 days late to the party”
    —-

    If this website is your idea of a party…well…to each his own……………………

  71. Spencer says: May 20, 2011 10:35 PM

    Orton is a decent starter and perfect for a team that wants to give a rookie QB a little breathing room. Do it!

  72. davikes says: May 20, 2011 11:23 PM

    Ok, if I were running the team I would have given, before the draft, a 3 and Ray Edwards for Orton. Wait a minute, make that a 2. Then I would have upgraded either the dline or the oline with the #1. Ray would probably be an upgrade for the Bronco’s, and he would be happy because he would be making about the same money as his backup.

    As it is, I don’t think Orton would want to come to the Vikes knowing he’s one bad game away from the bench. Also, on a decent team, I think he would be in the top third of QB’s in the league. He ran for his life last year, had a terrible running game, and still had a good year. If Orton were willing, Ray E. and next year’s three would be about right.

    And if Orton ends up with the Vikes, the Bear’s games will be must see tv. I’d love to see the look on Cutler’s face if they lost.

  73. poppleton says: May 21, 2011 12:29 AM

    yeah…except Orton is still the top QB on Denver’s depth-chart and he has another year on his contract. Since Tebow is completely unproven (1 win, 3 losses and some serious issues in his passing game), I seriously doubt that Denver will give up it’s only proven commodity at QB for “a third or fourth-round pick”. I know how much the TT worshipers and Vike’s fans would love to see Neckbeard go to Min for a developmental draft pick. But, let’s face facts; The Broncos organization isn’t eager to dump Orton. And Orton MIGHT be more valuable to the Donks offense than any other player they have on that side of the ball.

  74. supersuckers3 says: May 21, 2011 6:08 AM

    What is this (idoicy) and this (you”re ) “deuce”?

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