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Broncos done with major player moves, including at quarterback

Tim Tebow, Kyle Orton, Brady Quinn AP

Denver likely wrapped up their big free agent acquisitions on Tuesday night when they signed Ty Warren.

That move completed a flurry of transactions that included the additions of Brodrick Bunkley, Derrick Harvey, Willis McGahee, David Anderson, Donte Rosario, Daniel Fells, Jeremy Jarmon, and the re-signing of Marcus Thomas.

“For the most part, the Broncos are done,” Mike Klis of the Denver Post writes before pointing out every team will do minor tinkering. “The Broncos want to spend the next week evaluating what they have and will make adjustments from there.”

One reason the Broncos went for volume of signings over big names: They now plan to fit Kyle Orton into their salary cap structure.

“Kyle Orton is not going to be traded,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter declared on Sportscenter Wednesday. “Kyle Orton is not going to be a Miami Dolphin this season.”

Well, then.  That would certainly make plenty of Broncos happy.

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45 Responses to “Broncos done with major player moves, including at quarterback”
  1. offsideburns says: Aug 3, 2011 1:20 PM

    that’s correct, they are done

  2. rmzthefirst says: Aug 3, 2011 1:21 PM

    Ummm okay…!

  3. jpmelon says: Aug 3, 2011 1:25 PM

    It’s a smart move by the Broncos….He gives the team the best chance to win…..Tebow isn’t going to be cut, he’s just going to learn a bit more before he gets thrown into games.

    Directed at Bronco fans…..this is a good thing. The worst case scenario is that you’ll win games and have a guy who’s worth a decent trade. The other option is this: you’ll lose games, but you’ll get Tebow to become the starter. The last thing you want is a QB controversy. Root foor your team and be happy when they win.

    I don’t understand why Bronco fans hate Orton so much.

  4. vonmillerglasses says: Aug 3, 2011 1:25 PM

    I feel like the Broncs will make strides this year on Defense with the new coaches and players. However, I dont see how their running game will improve. They added one O-linemen in the draft and lost another to philly and Mcgahee isnt gonna wow anyone these days

  5. philly4lyfe says: Aug 3, 2011 1:28 PM

    When ppl ask how we still have cap room, the response article can be summed up easily:
    Because we > you.

  6. champgiff says: Aug 3, 2011 1:28 PM

    They’re done in more ways than one this season…Kyle “The Gamer” Orton will lead us to another 4-12 season with his “great stats” and 57.0 QB rating in the 4th quarter.

  7. panther74 says: Aug 3, 2011 1:28 PM

    LMAO!!!! Hey congrats Bronco fans….now you know what we Panther fans dealt with. Fox will screw the pooch on any QB situation…now i just read a report he likes Brady Quinn, but still got the TEBOW THING and lost a chance to deal with Miami.

    He held on to Jake too long….didn’t bring in Vick when the guy SAID he wanted to come to Carolina….Started Matt Moore because he looked good in some meaningless games at the end of 09 when we were playing peoples B Teams….So, have at it… and I wish you luck Bronco fans!

  8. texastornado82 says: Aug 3, 2011 1:31 PM

    Man, Orton deserves a break in this league.

  9. pacash80 says: Aug 3, 2011 1:31 PM

    Orton > Tebow

    That being said, Denver will still have a losing season. Quote me on that. Let the hate begin.

  10. bcjim says: Aug 3, 2011 1:34 PM

    **..including at quarterback**

    well duh. I guess someone finally realized trading Orton and keeping Tebow was akin to taking Leaf and passing on Manning.

  11. prestigew0rldwide says: Aug 3, 2011 1:35 PM

    Miami has had some courageous battles over the past few years starting out poor and coming back to make a playoff run, but this year they really made some horrible moves. You really think reggie is the answer?? If they got orton they would have at least saved face but losing ronnie and paying out for reggie to boast him as a 1st and 2nd down back is going to have him hurt by week 3. Im not even a miami fan but they seemed to be losing focus, in addition bringing back taylor who seemed to have lost his mojo after dancing with the stars isnt going to help either. Broncos will have a chance to win with orton… he is a true competitor

  12. biggerballz says: Aug 3, 2011 1:36 PM

    hahah that will teach the stupid phin mgmt playing hard ball. enjoy the caveman

  13. finfan71 says: Aug 3, 2011 1:37 PM

    When mgmt says ‘a’, you better believe it’s ‘z.’

  14. zoxitic says: Aug 3, 2011 1:38 PM

    pacash80 says:

    That being said, Denver will still have a losing season. Quote me on that. Let the hate begin.

    _____________________________

    Wow, you’re really going out on a limb there.

  15. rpiotr01 says: Aug 3, 2011 1:41 PM

    Elway is no dummy. He knows what the deal is at QB.

    I don’t see what the big deal is with Tebow sitting anyway. If Aaron Rodgers sat for 3 years I don’t see why Tebow can’t either. Hell, Tebow has a lot more work to do on his game than Rodgers did.

    That’s not a condemnation of Tebow – it’s working in reality. The Broncos are protecting their investment and giving Tebow the best chance to succeed by letting him sit for a couple years.

    Be patient. You can’t win a SB without a QB. Orton isn’t a SB winning QB and he’s not going to be, but maybe Tebow is. You won’t know if you throw him out there when he’s clearly not ready.

  16. jaypace says: Aug 3, 2011 1:42 PM

    Tebow will be playing when this team is 2-7

  17. nav711 says: Aug 3, 2011 1:43 PM

    Miami had a chance to get Orton. Now they’re screwed.

  18. BroncoNick says: Aug 3, 2011 1:44 PM

    Great…. Thanks EFX! Orton should have never come to camp….
    Would’ve been nice to get a DT that’s actually good in FA…. But instead I see we’re vested in mediocrity with Orton.
    Perfect!
    Very disappointing….

  19. bigbeefyd says: Aug 3, 2011 1:46 PM

    We won’t be trading anybody. Orton’s contract is up after this year. We either re-sign him as our long-term guy, or he walks and we get nothing.

  20. wright24 says: Aug 3, 2011 1:47 PM

    I’ve been a Denver fan my whole life, granted I’m only twenty I know football, played it throughout my life and am excited Orton will be with us. I was furious when we traded in to get Tebow, and I will not praise him like everyone else until he actually does something. Orton isn’t the reason we lost so many games, our defense was awful. Get that situated and have a run game and Orton will put up bigger numbers than he already has.

  21. locuno1 says: Aug 3, 2011 1:48 PM

    Orton is way better then that scrub Tebow but it’s hard to showcase your talents when your offensive line gives up 34 sacks and you have no running game. Not to mention the defense didn’t help win any games either.

  22. foradenverbroncotouchdown says: Aug 3, 2011 1:49 PM

    pacash80 says:

    “Orton > Tebow

    That being said, Denver will still have a losing season. Quote me on that. Let the hate begin.”

    of course they’ll have a losing season, shortened off-season with a new head coach after 4-12 and the worst defense in the league. They’re on their way though, they weren’t going to attract any major FA’s after last year. Another year of rebuilding and hopefully some continuity defensive coordinator will do them well.

    It’s just a game of hurry up and wait now, with Miller/Doom together for a year and some new blood on D.

  23. davikes says: Aug 3, 2011 1:52 PM

    I think Bronco’s fans hate Orton because he’s not Elway. Given the team last year, with a beat up line, non-existant running game, basically unknown receivers, poor defense, coaching changes, etc. Orton had an amazing year. This season I hope they will be more competent on D. With a new offensive system, Thomas still nursing a sore foot, losing a starting o-lineman, the offense will struggle. Everyone else in their division has much more momentum, so the Bronco’s will finish last again. They might split with the Raiders, but who wouldn’t pick the Chargers and Chiefs to sweep?

  24. ccraig232 says: Aug 3, 2011 2:00 PM

    I am a big Tebow fan and I can even admit that Orton gives the Broncos a better shot to win this year. I do believe Tebow has a bright future in the NFL and will be a starting qb. Sitting behind Orton for another year or even 2 is only going to benefit him in the long term. Tebow has already shown he can make the big play in the 4th quarter but he needs to improve on what he does in the first 3. He can’t do that by being thrown out into live action. He is still raw and still needs practice to improve his passing game. Only time will tell if he improves it enough to be a starting qb in the league but there is no doubt he is going to bust his tail to try and accomplish that.

  25. djteknision1200 says: Aug 3, 2011 2:01 PM

    Yeah…sure they are. They have 3 QB’s getting paid like first rounders and none of them are worthy.. Bad business!!

  26. southcakpanther says: Aug 3, 2011 2:02 PM

    Get ready for “It is what it is” Denver. He had some decent years here and I will always appreciate him for those times, but I’m glad Fox is gone.

  27. AlanSaysYo says: Aug 3, 2011 2:08 PM

    So who’s going to coach the Dolphins next year?

  28. ezmoover says: Aug 3, 2011 2:08 PM

    Signing a bunch of former draft busts and almost washed up veterans is always a formula for success.

  29. mmmpieyummy says: Aug 3, 2011 2:10 PM

    Damn it…trade Orton already! I so want to see Teblow fail and then hear all his supporters cry like little girls…please make it happen!

  30. nahcouldntbethat says: Aug 3, 2011 2:18 PM

    Really glad to see Ty Warren signed outside the AFC East. I was worried the Pats would get him back on a cheap contract if nobody else bid on him.

  31. scoops1 says: Aug 3, 2011 2:19 PM

    is it too late to give Jake Plummber a call???

  32. 305fan says: Aug 3, 2011 2:23 PM

    Thank you Denver. As a Miami fan I feel Henne is just as good or bad. I’m just tired of trading picks for QB’s only to end up mediocre.

  33. elwaybradyandy says: Aug 3, 2011 2:30 PM

    Orton does not have the fire that you want in a QB. He seems to relaxed when it comes to crunch time. Tebow does not have the mechanics but has that fire. With that said, and with science not advanced enough to get the best out of the both of them and combine it into one, I was hoping for Ortoan trade, Tebow getting his shot to see what he has or doesn’t. If he couldn’t produce, Andrew Luck would be well within our grasp.

    GO BRONCOS!!!

  34. southbeachtalent says: Aug 3, 2011 2:40 PM

    305fan, you get it. These dolphin fans screaming for Orton are desperate and just down right ignorant. What the hell has Orton done his whole career? Nothing. Henne? Nothing, but he’s only started for 1.5 years with a horrible OC. Lets give this guy a chance with the new system before we trade our future for neckbeard.

    As far as Denver, I can’t believe they were actually willing to let Tebow start! I’m sure they miss Cutler right about now.

  35. ampking101 says: Aug 3, 2011 2:50 PM

    jpmelon says: Aug 3, 2011 1:25 PM

    “I don’t understand why Bronco fans hate Orton so much.”

    _______________________

    It’s because Tebow was picked up WAY too high in the draft. Even Colt McCoy was projected to go above him. So the Broncos fans see him as their savior as sorts. Tebow did very well in college but a lot of people forget that college football and the NFL are very different. Sometimes you see the best college player fail big in the NFL and sometimes you see a lot of nobodies turn out to be some of the biggest stars. Orton is a better QB all around. The reason he was sat was because as a first time starter he actually did really well, he just hasn’t had time to develop his reaction to big pressure and that is why after playing so well the entire season, he began to do badly the last couple games.

    No matter what though, Orton’s talent is worth it’s weight as a starter in the NFL. Tebow on the other hand hasn’t had the same pressure especially as a starter (can you say Kevin Kob, 400 yards passing his first game as a back-up now look at him) Tebow may prove me wrong but I still think he is a RB/FB that has the ability to make a throw here or there.

  36. jebdamone says: Aug 3, 2011 3:08 PM

    i have never gotten all the orton hate. the guy does not seem like a born winner or an mvp or anything, but he also is an above average starting QB in this league right now. ive never understood why teams have bent over backwards to not give him a chance. from what i have seen and read throughout his career with the bears and the broncos he has been nothing but a professional and has played well when given the shot.

  37. chobes68 says: Aug 3, 2011 3:09 PM

    “I don’t understand why Bronco fans hate Orton so much.”

    ———-

    The backup qb is usually the most popular player on the team, unless your qb is Brees, Rodgers, Brady, etc.

    Orton was the fav in Chicago, but then again they had Grossman..who must have had pictures of Lovie with farm animals, allowing him to stay the starter.

  38. chobes68 says: Aug 3, 2011 3:11 PM

    “southbeachtalent says:
    Aug 3, 2011 2:40 PM
    305fan, you get it. These dolphin fans screaming for Orton are desperate and just down right ignorant. What the hell has Orton done his whole career? Nothing. Henne? Nothing, but he’s only started for 1.5 years with a horrible OC. Lets give this guy a chance with the new system before we trade our future for neckbeard.

    As far as Denver, I can’t believe they were actually willing to let Tebow start! I’m sure they miss Cutler right about now.”

    ———–

    Orton’s been pretty good, especially in Denver. Although I agree with you in that they should give Henne some more time. They’re primarily a running team anyways, and teams like that usually means one of two things:
    1. They qb isn’t good enough to win games by himself,
    and
    2. They’re looking for a guy to manage the game for them, while they run the ball.

  39. wright24 says: Aug 3, 2011 3:14 PM

    Andrew Luck?

  40. chobes68 says: Aug 3, 2011 3:16 PM

    “Orton does not have the fire that you want in a QB. He seems to relaxed when it comes to crunch time. Tebow does not have the mechanics but has that fire. With that said, and with science not advanced enough to get the best out of the both of them and combine it into one, I was hoping for Ortoan trade, Tebow getting his shot to see what he has or doesn’t. If he couldn’t produce, Andrew Luck would be well within our grasp.

    GO BRONCOS!!!”

    ———-

    That’s what you base it on? Fire?

    I don’t want an emotional guy at that position. I want a player who keeps their cool. Fire is good when its a physical position, but not one, at least IMO, where much of it is mental as it is physical.

    If Fox wants to be competitive, he needs to hold onto Orton until they’re either overwhelmed with an offer, ie 1st rd pick, or Tebow clearly shows he can consistently throw the ball like a starting NFL qb. No one doubts the guys heart, but this isn’t college anymore. You aren’t going to run over linebackers, because you’re bigger, stronger, and faster than them, and you’re team is stacked that much more. Everything is flipped in the NFL.

  41. chobes68 says: Aug 3, 2011 3:20 PM

    “djteknision1200 says:
    Aug 3, 2011 2:01 PM
    Yeah…sure they are. They have 3 QB’s getting paid like first rounders and none of them are worthy.. Bad business!!”

    ———-

    So Orton isn’t better than at half the starters in the league? He’s clearly proven he’s a starting qb, and had some good success. While he’s not at the level of a Brady, Brees, or Rodgers, he is certainly good enough to start and win games.

  42. dmitchell624 says: Aug 3, 2011 3:37 PM

    Here is the problem with “sports journalism”

    The headline is definitive “Broncos done with major player moves, including at quarterback”

    The first line says the opposite: Denver likely wrapped up their big free agent acquisitions on Tuesday night when they signed Ty Warren.

    They are done or is it “likely”?

  43. lilrob10201 says: Aug 3, 2011 3:55 PM

    The Broncos made a big move ?

  44. forevercorr says: Aug 3, 2011 4:53 PM

    Let’s see…
    Denver needed to improve on defense and special teams in the off-season and enable the offense to shift from a throw first, run never offense to a more balanced, run first offense… so…
    1. We draft one of the three best defensive players in the draft, along with a high-ceiling safety duo, a promising MLB, an underrated DE, secure team leadership in Dawkins and Bailey, bring a healthy Dumervil back in, and pull in two DTs who may not have high recognition but improve the line, as well as a smattering of depth on the D-line. (Defense improved)
    2. Draft TEs and safeties that may specifically work on special teams this year, as well as a new FA returner. (Special teams improved)
    3. Bring in McGahee to compliment a physically more stout Moreno (The combo should be called M&Ms, because they’re sweet) and then bring in an UDFA to add depth and a pair of FA TEs that improve the line, not to mention a mauler at RT, all without damaging the ranks of the passing game (running game improved)

    So, I’m not seeing how EFX hasn’t done their job this off season. Meanwhile, KC improved slightly (will probably win the division again this year) and San Diego and Oakland have got worse… umm… I’m not too sad.

  45. MichaelEdits says: Aug 3, 2011 9:48 PM

    Tebow might be able to backup Vick and Young. He’s probably not so good at backing up a traditional passer, any more than a traditional passer could be his backup. Meanwhile I’d be looking at all the baggage the guy’s carrying, and just cut him and badmouth my predecessor.

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