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?
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.