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.