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Orton’s salary makes him tough for Broncos to keep

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The plan in Denver appears to be for Tim Tebow to start at quarterback, even if the Broncos won’t say it yet.

The team figures to shop Kyle Orton around for a mid-round draft pick.  The expectation is that the Broncos would be happy to keep Orton if they don’t get the right price, but it’s worth considering if they can afford him.

Orton is due almost $9 million in 2011, which includes a $1.5 million roster bonus.  That’s a huge total for a potential backup quarterback, and it’s even more problematic because the Broncos have a lot of money on the books.

Denver has $129 million in salary commitments, according to the Denver Post.  They can cut that down by re-negotiating contracts and making cuts before attempting to accomplish quite a bit in free agency.

Tim Tebow is going to need a quality backup because of his physical style of play, but can the Broncos afford to pay so much to a guy not in the plans for 2012?

It seems to us that Orton should only be on the Week One roster at that salary if he has a legitimate chance to start.

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44 Responses to “Orton’s salary makes him tough for Broncos to keep”
  1. mattyk72 says: Jul 20, 2011 3:43 PM

    Orton to D.C.

    The Redskins need to make this happen.

  2. forevercorr says: Jul 20, 2011 3:47 PM

    The other tricky bit is finding a team willing to pick up that wage – but with so many QB hungry teams, that may not be a huge problem. The question becomes what Denver might get in return. For a team with so many needs in the present, a draft pick may be a poor answer.

  3. drmonkeyarmy says: Jul 20, 2011 3:48 PM

    Yep, to DC. He can go back to competing with Rex Grossman for playing time.

  4. rukiddnme29 says: Jul 20, 2011 3:49 PM

    Orton or no Orton, for the love of God, do NOT let Quinn be 2nd string!!!

  5. dawsonleery says: Jul 20, 2011 3:52 PM

    Orton is a solid QB who can put up some big numbers in the right system. Could be a great fit in Arizona.

  6. trbowman says: Jul 20, 2011 3:52 PM

    Orton isn’t really a Shanahan QB.

  7. phinheads says: Jul 20, 2011 3:56 PM

    orton to Miami. I would take that guy in a second. Can make big/long passes accuratel and rarely do you see him costing his team the game. That’s what Miami needs. That and a running game.

  8. TurdSandwich says: Jul 20, 2011 3:59 PM

    At the first word of a FA leaving a team you’ll find a Redskins fan pleading for that player to come to Washington. How’s that been working out for you with the big names you already landed?

  9. eslaught says: Jul 20, 2011 4:00 PM

    i’ve seen tebow and orton play in person. tebow is good for a long run up the middle, but his accuracy is terrible. he can’t throw to the sideline without putting 15 yards out of bounds. if denver was smart they would keep orton, he can throw and IMO makes better decisions than tebow, but I have never drank the “tebow kool-aid”.

  10. rambo08 says: Jul 20, 2011 4:02 PM

    Where’s all the love for Brady Quinn? Ha ha.

  11. hobartbaker says: Jul 20, 2011 4:02 PM

    That has been the problem for Orton since he joined the NFL. His salary makes him tough to keep.

  12. gtmann says: Jul 20, 2011 4:02 PM

    As an Eagles fan PLEASE send him to AZ

  13. vtsquirm says: Jul 20, 2011 4:03 PM

    why would the skins want him if Beck is going to be their starter this year?

  14. skinsfan1981 says: Jul 20, 2011 4:03 PM

    Ortons a decent qb, but the Skins don’t need to put up 9 mil on the cap for a guy who can’t start till midseason bc he doesn’t know the playbook. The team has way too many needs to bother with that. No thanks due to cap number.

  15. jimmysee says: Jul 20, 2011 4:09 PM

    AZ makes sense.

  16. ratbastardshanahandjob says: Jul 20, 2011 4:09 PM

    I just feel truely blessed every time we get another story that mentions the name of Timmy Rah-Rah in it……

    >>>>”Tim Tebow is going to need a quality backup because of his physical style of play,”<<<< Also going to need a quality backup because of his she-itty style of play…….

  17. mattyk72 says: Jul 20, 2011 4:10 PM

    I wouldn’t want Orton for $9M this year either, but all a new team has to do is sign him to a new deal.

  18. mattyk72 says: Jul 20, 2011 4:13 PM

    Turd: Not every FA the Skins have signed are flops. And if you haven’t heard already, John Beck is penciled in as the Skins starter. Wouldn’t you be considering other options if you were in their shoes?

  19. sc5000 says: Jul 20, 2011 4:13 PM

    Orton is the perfect one year rental for a team that doesn’t want to start a rookie QB this year. His cost might be high, but he can come in right away and start. The vikings and titans would be a good spot. I can’t imagine the Vikings wanting to send Ponder up against the Packers, Bears, and Lions defenses when he has had little time to get ready for the season.

  20. bturner032002 says: Jul 20, 2011 4:15 PM

    skins dont need him to back up vince young they have beck/grossman for that

  21. Sayre Bedinger says: Jul 20, 2011 4:15 PM

    I severely doubt the Broncos have $129 million on the books. They have about eight highly paid players, and the rest are very middle-of-the-road.

    If the Broncos are at $129 million, then the DP is figuring dead money from players who don’t even exist in the NFL anymore, which is just flat out stupid.

  22. manderson367 says: Jul 20, 2011 4:21 PM

    Keep in mind, that $9M salary is for the final year of his current contract. A team could trade for him then rework a new, long term contract with a lower salary number for this year.

  23. deadmanwalking47 says: Jul 20, 2011 4:22 PM

    orton to dc for fat albert straight up! gives us a decent qb,gets rid of a team cancer without sending him to philly!

  24. mathsimillion says: Jul 20, 2011 4:22 PM

    Orton to AZ, MN, TN all make sense. They have good WR or a decent RB. He’d be most successful in MN and TN where their defenses and O-line could help him out a little more. AZ has a possibly worse O-line than Denver so it wouldn’t help Orton a ton, even with Fitz to throw to.

  25. rickyrich14 says: Jul 20, 2011 4:22 PM

    Make it happen Denver! Give Tebow the starting job!

    Signed Raider Defense

  26. BroncoNick says: Jul 20, 2011 4:25 PM

    Broncos are going to renegotiate Dawkins contract, maybe Ryan Harris’ contract (or just get rid of him), trade Orton and that will open up more cap space for them to add to the roster.
    Wonder if a guy like Haynesworth wants another shot at DT for Denver! Orton for Albert.
    I could also see Orton going to AZ, or Miami.
    But as of right now as far as I am aware, the Broncos are only $700,000 below the salary cap. Depending on what the new cap is going to be with the new CBA.

  27. gdeli says: Jul 20, 2011 4:27 PM

    keep? dump? probably the same 8-8 or worse result.

  28. riverhorsey says: Jul 20, 2011 4:28 PM

    Redskins or Cardinals would be wise to get this guy, Denver is being foolish….again.

  29. bronco1st says: Jul 20, 2011 4:30 PM

    Orton was a top 5 passer last year until he hurt his ribs…he was on track for 4,500 yds easy if not for the rib injury. I’d like him to stay in Denver, some team that needs a good QB to make a run is gonna get a deal.

  30. cleanface says: Jul 20, 2011 4:31 PM

    Neck beard joke.

  31. lannister1 says: Jul 20, 2011 4:45 PM

    Arizona.

    Orton will light it up there.

  32. jbcommonsense says: Jul 20, 2011 4:49 PM

    @TurdSandwich says:
    Jul 20, 2011 3:59 PM
    At the first word of a FA leaving a team you’ll find a Redskins fan pleading for that player to come to Washington. How’s that been working out for you with the big names you already landed?

    ———————————-

    Orton will sign with us for a third of what Denver is slated to pay him. We’ll make you a straight-up offer, Haynesworth for Orton.

  33. borisbulldog says: Jul 20, 2011 4:51 PM

    With 2 ytds and a cloud of dust HC Fox, it’s hard to see the Donk, err JackAzzes winning more the 4 games!

  34. sterling7 says: Jul 20, 2011 4:55 PM

    Look for Minnesota to make a strong effort to get Orton, money is one thing but Orton would have plenty of weapons!

  35. soupercamp says: Jul 20, 2011 5:15 PM

    eslaught says:

    i’ve seen tebow and orton play in person. tebow is good for a long run up the middle, but his accuracy is terrible. he can’t throw to the sideline without putting 15 yards out of bounds. if denver was smart they would keep orton, he can throw and IMO makes better decisions than tebow, but I have never drank the “tebow kool-aid”.

    ————————————————-

    You realize that other people have also seen them both play in person, right?

    This post reeks of Tebow hate that isn’t based on his actual play on the field.

    Can’t throw it to the sidelines without putting it 15 yards out of bounds? Ok bro. Good one. Nice try.

    The Bronocs averaged about 20 ppg with Orton’s “superior” passing and decision making. But with the can’t throw and can’t make good decisions Tebow under center and in his first three NFL starts, the Broncos averaged 25 ppg.

    What gives the team a better chance to win — 20 ppg or 25 ppg?

    You must be a regular drinker of the “Tebow hater-aid.”

  36. humb0lt says: Jul 20, 2011 5:19 PM

    @rickyrich14 – Rookie Tim Tebow in one half against the Raiders defense racked up a 100.5 rating throwing for 150 yards and rushing for 80, throwing 1 TD pass and scoring once on the ground.

  37. forevercorr says: Jul 20, 2011 5:57 PM

    Orton and Harris will likely be traded. A lot of guys will get dumped (we have 7 safeties currently on the roster… and no, Dawkins will not be one of those dumped). Either Jamal Williams or Justin Bannan will be resigned, freeing Denver from their cap hit. A few players may be asked to renegotiate their deals including Knowshon (reduced role), Demarius Thomas (will be unavailable most of the year due to injury), and maybe Dawkins, Dumervil, and Goodman. There are currently 79 guys on the roster, and that will change, especially since so many positions need new talent brought in.

  38. 808raiderinparadise says: Jul 20, 2011 6:38 PM

    Denver, Denver, what a roller coaster ride, Orton is solid, Tebow is intriguing … Your defense is so awful either one can have the #1 spot. John Fox will help the D and trash Knowshown and find a new stable of RB’s. Until then you will have to keep Tebow the starter so you all can tell us how great he is while you go 5-11 next year. Maybe one day, but not 2011. OAK and Cheifs have some great coaching staffs and young talent in place, Chargers got Rivers pullling that team and thats it. Rivers is elite and that will keep a pulse for that team but when they had the best all around roster in the league they choked for 3 years and I think their run is over. Denver at the bottom this year.

  39. sandiegobandwagons says: Jul 20, 2011 7:08 PM

    @humbolt.

    Last time I checked, the game is 4 quarters long genius.

  40. zinn22 says: Jul 20, 2011 7:08 PM

    Trade him for Sanchez and a draft pick. The Jets get salary cap relief dropping Sanchez’s 16.5 million salary and a huge upgrade at QB and the Broncos get a draft pick and can watch Tebow start before they draft another QB next year.

  41. jjrs89 says: Jul 20, 2011 7:18 PM

    NOW IM DONE

  42. hendeeze says: Jul 20, 2011 8:14 PM

    Lol Denver, drive away 2 serviceable qb’s for Tebow and Quinn hahahahahahahha. GL with that

  43. richm2256 says: Jul 20, 2011 9:46 PM

    “Tim Tebow is going to need a quality backup because he hasn’t proven Jack $hit in the NFL yet”
    —————————————————–

    There, fixed it for ya.

  44. CKL says: Jul 20, 2011 10:07 PM

    zinn22 says:
    Jul 20, 2011 7:08 PM
    Trade him for Sanchez and a draft pick. The Jets get salary cap relief dropping Sanchez’s 16.5 million salary and a huge upgrade at QB and the Broncos get a draft pick and can watch Tebow start before they draft another QB next year.
    _________________________________
    Keee-rist on a cracker, Sanchez is clocking 16.5 mill this year?
    Manning’s gonna want 32.5/year.

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