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Barring a big injury, Orton is going nowhere

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With Tim Tebow the new starter and new backup Kyle Orton making $9 million this year, and given that the Broncos came within a whisker of trading Orton to Miami before camp opened, will Orton be shipped out of town before Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. ET?

Probably not.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that Orton likely won’t be traded, unless a team loses a starting quarterback to significant injury on Sunday or Monday — and unless said team is willing to give the Broncos what they want.

In late July, the Broncos were so close to moving Orton to Miami that, as a source with knowledge of the situation told us recently, the travel arrangements had been made.  Miami backed out at the last minute.

Orton is due to become an unrestricted free agent after the season, as is No. 3 quarterback Brady Quinn.  Tebow is the only quarterback under contract after 2011.

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7 Responses to “Barring a big injury, Orton is going nowhere”
  1. trbowman says: Oct 16, 2011 12:18 PM

    Man, I wish that trade had happened.

  2. joetoronto says: Oct 16, 2011 12:57 PM

    Orton’s been going nowhere his whole career.

    He’s the nowhere man.

  3. bozosforall says: Oct 16, 2011 12:57 PM

    Teams like the Dolphins, Vikings, Colts and Jags should be looking into acquiring Orton, but only if he is willing to restructure his contract to something like 3 years for that $9 million that he is owed.

  4. tjacks7 says: Oct 16, 2011 1:08 PM

    Teams like the Dolphins, Vikings, Colts and Jags should be looking into acquiring Orton, but only if he is willing to restructure his contract to something like 3 years for that $9 million that he is owed.

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    Why the heck would the Viking want Orton. They already have a mediocre veteran and two young guys being developed??

  5. promickey says: Oct 16, 2011 1:20 PM

    Teams like the Dolphins, Vikings, Colts and Jags should be looking into acquiring Orton, but only if he is willing to restructure his contract to something like 3 years for that $9 million that he is owed.
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    That is what killed the deal. Orton, who really played hard ball because he did not want Miami. Can anyone really blame him.

  6. psychotim says: Oct 16, 2011 1:38 PM

    @bozosforall:

    1) His 2011 salary is $7,379,000 (cap hit of $8,879,000, with, I presume, the difference is signing/roster/etc. bonuses, which would hit Denver’s cap, not the team he’s traded to).

    2) Of his $7,379,000 base salary, $2,767,125 has already been paid by Denver (the first six weeks of the season), so the team he’s traded to would only have to pay $4,611,875 (or slightly more than the cost of a Charlie Whitehurst)

    3) No player is going to do an extension (especially adding two extra years) without getting an additional signing bonus. It would be pure stupidity.

  7. Wilie Beamon says: Oct 16, 2011 1:52 PM

    Why would Orton take 3 million a year ? heck the Niners gave Alex smith 5 million for one year ?

    The issue with Orton is he wants to go to a team that actually wants him there and doesnt just want to rent him for a few months .

    If you knew you were getting 9 million for staying put why take a paycut to go to another team that only wants to rent you for a few months .

    I dont think Orton wanted that much via an extension and he wouldve took the average starter price of 5-6 million plus performances clauses if the team want him around longterm .

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