It’s a game of quarterback musical chairs at the moment, and no team wants to get left without a dance partner.
Matt Hasselbeck landed with the Tennessee. Donovan McNabb appears headed to Minnesota. Tyler Thigpen went to Buffalo. Seattle raced to pay Tarvaris Jackson $8 million over two years before, um, anyone else beat them to it.
That leaves Miami and Arizona as the teams looking for starting-caliber quarterbacks, and it would be a mild surprise at this point if Kyle Orton didn’t land in Miami, with Kevin Kolb going to the Cardinals.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that “progress” was made in trade talks between the Cardinals and Eagles Wednesday. (And that doesn’t include the Eagles selling Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie’s jersey.)
Meanwhile Michelle Beisner of NFL Network says that talks between Orton and the Dolphins are progressing and a deal could happen within six hours. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Broncos are looking for a “premium pick” for Orton.
Philadelphia-area reporters say that if Orton goes to Miami, the Kolb deal should happen soon after that.
There are only so many ways to keep leverage afloat, and no one wants to get caught dancing solo at the end of the week.