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Broncos waive Kyle Orton

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Kyle Orton is done in Denver.

Orton, the quarterback who was handed the Broncos’ starting job in training camp only to lose it to Tim Tebow after five games, has been waived today, an NFL source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The move comes as a surprise, but maybe it shouldn’t: Tebow has solidified his hold on the starting job, and if the Broncos wanted to get a look at another quarterback later in the year, it would probably be Brady Quinn, not Orton. So if Orton isn’t going to play — and isn’t in the team’s long-term plans — why keep him on the roster and pay him another $2.5 million just to stand on the sideline holding a clipboard for six more weeks?

Where it gets interesting is that Orton now becomes available to any team that wants to put in a waiver claim for him. The Chicago Bears, who traded Orton to Denver for Jay Cutler, would have to strongly consider claiming Orton now that they’re in the midst of a playoff race and Cutler is nursing a broken thumb.

The Texans and Chiefs, both of whom also have playoff hopes and also have injured quarterbacks, would have to consider Orton as well.

Or perhaps a team that’s not in playoff contention — and therefore has a higher waiver claim than the Bears, Texans and Chiefs — will decide to kick the tires on Orton for the next six weeks. It wouldn’t be out of character for Redskins quarterback Mike Shanahan to decide he wants a look at another veteran quarterback, and it wouldn’t be out of character for Redskins owner Dan Snyder to be willing to spend $2.5 million to give his team a veteran addition.

It’s going to be an interesting Thanksgiving in the Orton house, as Kyle waits to see where his NFL career will pick up — and whether he could find himself going from Tebow’s backup to a starter on a team that’s fighting for a spot in the playoffs.

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165 Responses to “Broncos waive Kyle Orton”
  1. trbowman says: Nov 22, 2011 4:08 PM

    First thing everyone is gonna do is say “Chicago.”

    I say, no way. Martz has a type of QB he likes, and Orton isn’t one of them. Plus, can you imagine Orton’s weak arm in Chicago, with the winds there?

  2. sterilizecromartie says: Nov 22, 2011 4:08 PM

    But I thought Orton gave the Broncos the best chance to win?!?!?

  3. djstat says: Nov 22, 2011 4:08 PM

    Good for Kyle

  4. buckeye044 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:09 PM

    Houston………….Houston means that I’m one step closer to you………….

  5. trbowman says: Nov 22, 2011 4:09 PM

    Orton’s not good at all.

    He was a big product of Josh McDaniels. Without him, he was absolutely abysmal this year.

    I guess he’s an upgrade over Leinart, but meh.

    Meanwhile, Miami is better off with Matt Moore. Funny how that works out. Denver has to be crying they didn’t get that deal done.

  6. edmazeing1 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:09 PM

    After raiders traded for Palmer, smarta$$!!!

  7. warvette says: Nov 22, 2011 4:09 PM

    wow. banished him to hell. that tebow has some kinda pull….

  8. rexismybff says: Nov 22, 2011 4:09 PM

    “Orton! Tebow wants you in his office, now. Bring your playbook.”

  9. savagenation2011 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:10 PM

    Tough Turkey Kyle ! Is Elway a Bears fan? Seems like that would be the reason here

  10. bigjdve says: Nov 22, 2011 4:10 PM

    Pick him up Shanny – he is better than Sexy Rexy – you know that Kyle really wanted him as well.
    :)

  11. jbaxt says: Nov 22, 2011 4:10 PM

    Tyler Palko meet your new starter.

  12. terrellochouno says: Nov 22, 2011 4:10 PM

    Bienvenidos a Houston, Kyle!

  13. noonie003 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:11 PM

    This has Dan Snyder written all over it.

  14. lisabearsfan says: Nov 22, 2011 4:11 PM

    I doubt that Chicago picks him up but the timing is strange, hmmmm?

  15. savagenation2011 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:11 PM

    …and Kyle, I’m sure the Tebow’s will have some Thanskgiving leftovers for you

  16. riverhorsey says: Nov 22, 2011 4:11 PM

    He won’t be home long enough for Thanksgiving, the Chiefs, Texans and Bears are foaming at the mouth.

  17. rnbguru says: Nov 22, 2011 4:12 PM

    This is awesome to hear. I spoke high praise of Kyle Orton in a previous thread (and admittedly was a big fan of his at Purdue), and think this is a great chance for him to start fresh.

    With plenty of teams desperately needing a quarterback, this is his chance to prove himself and find a new home.

  18. vexey says: Nov 22, 2011 4:12 PM

    Hopefully he goes to the Bears, they play Denver later in the season ;D

  19. 808raiderinparadise says: Nov 22, 2011 4:12 PM

    Word has it Kyle Orton was having trouble with the read-option reps in practice

    LMAO

  20. theslex says: Nov 22, 2011 4:12 PM

    Orton’s a decent starter, I don’t care what his win/loss record says. Someone will get some real value by picking him up.

  21. ilovefoolsball says: Nov 22, 2011 4:12 PM

    Chicago makes the most sense. Regardless of Martz, he has more familiarity than anyone else.

  22. biz518 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:13 PM

    Congratulations Indianapolis???

  23. AlanSaysYo says: Nov 22, 2011 4:13 PM

    Elway’s riding with Brady “Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That” Quinn as his backup… ballsy.

    I wonder if Chad Henne’s feelings would be hurt if Miami claimed Orton.

  24. jbaxt says: Nov 22, 2011 4:13 PM

    What’s so funny, is the donkey’s just let go of their best QB. What’s even funnier, is the faiders gave up a 1st and 2nd round pick for a QB of equal calibur.

  25. jrizzo575 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:13 PM

    oh the indignity of being cut in favor of Tim Tebow.

  26. brianforster says: Nov 22, 2011 4:13 PM

    I’d love to see Orton in Shanny’s offense

  27. bobwsc says: Nov 22, 2011 4:13 PM

    what if Tebow goes down? doesn’t Orton give them a better chance of winning than Quinn? strange.

  28. Tim says: Nov 22, 2011 4:13 PM

    Meanwhile.. rumors are surfacing the Elway’s head just exploded.

  29. JackLeone says: Nov 22, 2011 4:13 PM

    The only way he’s not Chicago bound is if he’s still salty….

  30. gilgafresh says: Nov 22, 2011 4:13 PM

    This is best for just about all parties involved.

    But, I wonder when the Brian Griese and Craig Morton news will break. Maybe Tripucka’s up to something interesting. We should find out.

  31. mrplow3 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:13 PM

    This doesn’t seem like a smart move. There are 3 teams who need a QB now, why would you help the competition by releasing him?

    It’s worth it to pay him just to keep him away from your competitors.

    Bad timing with all the QB injuries.

  32. broncobeta says: Nov 22, 2011 4:14 PM

    Wow. Total mismanagement of the Broncos front office here.

    Kyle Orton was once nearly traded, then touted as the “best chance to win”, then benched, and now waived when there are a couple of QB needy teams on the market.

    This is sad. But what can I expect from a front office that traded Jabar Gaffney for a guy they would only end up cutting later. Who needs a solid receiver when you can have, well… nothing?

  33. blaz0037 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:14 PM

    can you imagine Orton’s weak arm in Chicago, with the winds there?

    ———————————

    um, he played there. and played well, even though he never got any respect.

  34. doctorfootball says: Nov 22, 2011 4:15 PM

    The Jets should consider picking this guy up, although they won’t. The “Sanchize” has turned out to be a dud. A competent quarterback, which Orton is, and with that defense, they might still make the playoffs. Though that’s where Orton’s usefulness will end. He’s not that good either, but he is light years ahead of Sanchez.

  35. readysethike says: Nov 22, 2011 4:15 PM

    Definately makes sense if the Bears pick him up

  36. sterilizecromartie says: Nov 22, 2011 4:15 PM

    trbowman says:
    Nov 22, 2011 4:08 PM
    Plus, can you imagine Orton’s weak arm in Chicago, with the winds there?
    —-
    We don’t have to imagine it. He played in Chicago for 3 years.

  37. bearsrulepackdrool says: Nov 22, 2011 4:15 PM

    He would be a good backup in case Hanie fails. Orton would be good in this system. Let him do his thing.

  38. spharrgcs says: Nov 22, 2011 4:15 PM

    Somebody effed that one up. Got no value for him and absolutely could have gotten at least a 3rd for him back in August.

    Chicago clearly makes the most sense here.

  39. freebird2011 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:15 PM

    I would have to think the Dolphins, who tried to trade for Orton, would still be interested–Matt Moore’s recent success notwithstanding.

  40. kyle407641 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:16 PM

    well it could be Tebow vs. Orton! its going to be interesting!!!

  41. ortonwhiskeycrew says: Nov 22, 2011 4:16 PM

    I’m sure he will be drinking some Jack D. tonight to celebrate.

  42. cmich2006 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:16 PM

    Perfect timing to dump the salary…someone will pick him up and save Chicago 2.5 mil

  43. kriswd40 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:16 PM

    At first blush Chicago seems like a logical destination, but Orton didn’t run the Martz offense when he was there. It would take far too much ramp up time to get him familiar for that to make sense.

    Kansas City or Houston probably make more sense.

  44. herlies says: Nov 22, 2011 4:17 PM

    Good for Orton.

    Fans booing every incompletion, billboards demanding that a popular scrub takes his place, nuts on the radio calling for his head… what a nightmare.

    Orton handled himself with class. Even as a backup, he should find a much better situation elsewhere.

  45. cush2push says: Nov 22, 2011 4:17 PM

    most people would say indy but orton could win a few games and the colts would luck out

    im gonna say nobody claims him he signs with
    san diego

  46. jlb10 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:17 PM

    the comedy continues in denver.
    i thought after the 1st weekend in the season that veteran contracts were guaranteed? so won’t denver have to pay him the remainder of the season?

  47. mecheng04 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:18 PM

    bobwsc says:Nov 22, 2011 4:13 PM

    what if Tebow goes down? doesn’t Orton give them a better chance of winning than Quinn? strange.
    ——————————————————
    If Tebow goes down on Sunday, is it worth $2.5 million to go 1-4 instead of 0-5????

  48. nogoodell says: Nov 22, 2011 4:18 PM

    Washington will add him

  49. jhwyobronco says: Nov 22, 2011 4:18 PM

    The Bears like Caleb Hanie, no way he goes there. I would bet a pay check on one of the former Broncos coaches grabbing him. Washington 1A, Houston 1B.

  50. bearsrulepackdrool says: Nov 22, 2011 4:19 PM

    Wait wait wait you mean all that non-sense about Miami trading for Orton was all for nothing? People criticized the Dolphins for not making that trade and now they could possibly have them for just about nothing.

  51. baddegg says: Nov 22, 2011 4:19 PM

    Where are the Redskins in the waiver wire. They have to move on this.

  52. darrenindenver says: Nov 22, 2011 4:21 PM

    Orton Vs. Tebow week 15!!!!

  53. oscojoe says: Nov 22, 2011 4:21 PM

    The Jet’s should pick him up, they need a QB!

  54. jbaxt says: Nov 22, 2011 4:21 PM

    I will say this; credit to the donks for letting Orton out of his misery. He will likely be picked up pretty quick and that allows him to at the very least continue his career. A career as an actual QB as opposed to the option QB that’s in front of him for some reason. That said, if by chance the donks play or lose to a team he goes to, then they’re DA’s.

  55. jdz3184 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:21 PM

    welcome to Arizona neck bearr

  56. worldsgreatest says: Nov 22, 2011 4:21 PM

    I actually think the Skins might have waiver priority for this dude. I mean…what could it hurt? Take a flyer on a potentially salvagable backup. I’m almost begging you Shanahan…

  57. tate53 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:22 PM

    Dammit!! I just bought an “orton” jersey !

  58. richm2256 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:22 PM

    Six weeks left …… it’s a bit late for bringing in a guy from outside the system. You’d do just as badly with the back-up you already have, no?

    Beside, in 5 games, Orton has 1 more TD than INT and a 58% completion ratio.

  59. edgarprado says: Nov 22, 2011 4:22 PM

    Oh come on, Kyle Orton = Jay Cutler. I think that they’re the same dude.

  60. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Nov 22, 2011 4:23 PM

    I was going to say pretty much what bearsrule said. Funny, after nearly giving up a 2 for Orton, Miami might get him for 6 games worth of salary.

  61. 808raiderinparadise says: Nov 22, 2011 4:23 PM

    Bronco fans don’t be silly trying to put down the Palmer trade in light of your ugly situation. Put in a tape of Palmer his last 2 games, he played like an elite QB. KC was awful (expected) and Denver was highs and lows. He is done “pre-season” now … and he will lead the raiders to peak late in seaosn in time for playoffs. Meanwhile you will be wearing your Tebow jersey, trying to make a life-size tebow statue out of Legos in your living room. Loser Tebow fans.

    God Bless.

  62. sterilizecromartie says: Nov 22, 2011 4:23 PM

    KC will pick him up. They are the only team that makes sense. They are still in the division hunt and it was proven last night that Palko is not the answer.

    Washington: Why even bother? Their season is over. Just hope you lose enough games to draft a top 5 QB.

    Chicago: Caleb Hanie is good enough to go 3-3 with that running game and defense, especially with the easy schedule. At 10-6 they will get a wild card berth, which is no better or worse than what Cutler would gave gotten them. Cutler will be healthy for the playoffs.

    Houston: Nah. They are all running game anyway. Even Leinart can’t mess up handing the ball off… I think.

  63. tdk24 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:23 PM

    I wouldn’t blame the Donkeys for letting him go just to have him sign with the Bears and give them a better chance of beating the Raiders this week. But, they would need to pray that some team like Indy doesn’t claim him first.

  64. semperfi24 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:24 PM

    What about St Louis? Bradford sucks, and Orton played well in McDaniel’s system…

  65. comeonnowguys says: Nov 22, 2011 4:25 PM

    First off, the person who opinion will count most in this, Mike Martz, hates Caleb Hanie like Caleb peed on his twinkie.

    Second, it’s amazing how Denver fleeced Chicago in that trade, huh, Dilfer and Schlereth?

    Third, the last thing Chicago needs right now is a QB slower than a sleeping turtle who can’t throw far enough for the deeper routes in Martz’s system.

    Fourth, Tebow’s still a terrible NFL QB.

  66. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Nov 22, 2011 4:25 PM

    Oh, and to all those mentioning the “timing” and 3 teams in need of QB’s, it’s not like they can get anything for him other than salary relief. The trade deadline came and went weeks past.

  67. nflofficeadmin says: Nov 22, 2011 4:25 PM

    St. Timothy met him at the gate and said, I’m sorry, I do not know you. And he was turned away.

  68. govtminion says: Nov 22, 2011 4:26 PM

    Obviously Orton wasn’t an A-level QB by any means, but he was a class act during his time in Denver and deserved better than he got. Thank you to him for the past few years, and good luck wherever you end up.

  69. capslockkey says: Nov 22, 2011 4:26 PM

    I hate Denver but a classy move by Elway and Co. recognizing there is opportunity out there for the guy right now because of all the injuries and letting him move on with his career.

  70. goodellflagfootball says: Nov 22, 2011 4:26 PM

    Does this mean Chicago won the trade?

  71. atwatercrushesokoye says: Nov 22, 2011 4:27 PM

    jlb10: Yes veteran’s contracts are guaranteed….if someone claims him his contract is still valid it just belongs to another team. If he gets claimed it saves Denver money, if he doesn’t then Denver pays the rest of the year.

    My guess is something went on behind the scenes and everyone just decided it was best to let him go.

  72. flavordave says: Nov 22, 2011 4:27 PM

    Welcome to Green Bay Kyle. They need a QB

  73. metalhead65 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:27 PM

    there is a reason the bears got rid of him and nothing he did in denver changed that. am I missing the part he ran the martz offense in denver? he has starting experiance and that is all he brings to the table,the bears need to find out if hanie can play and he needs the experiance.

  74. elotrain says: Nov 22, 2011 4:29 PM

    John Elway giving another team a QB so the Broncos don’t make the playoffs.

    next watch for him after a practice to break Tim’s shins with a police baton

  75. snarkzilla says: Nov 22, 2011 4:29 PM

    I’ll bet Desmond Bishop would buy up every copy of that photo if he could.

  76. mecheng04 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:32 PM

    tate53 says:Nov 22, 2011 4:22 PM

    Dammit!! I just bought an “orton” jersey !
    —————————————————
    Total Orton jersey sales for the year: 1

  77. 2chronix7 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:32 PM

    Orton is awful in the red zone.
    Not only does he turn the ball over too much, but when he does it is at the worst possible times.
    Don’t let the door hit you on the a$$, goodbye!

  78. horsemeat47 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:32 PM

    Word has it Kyle Orton was having trouble with the read-option reps in practice

    ————————————

    That may be true but I hear that when it comes to the read-option he’s a gamer!

  79. miamiisdecent says: Nov 22, 2011 4:33 PM

    Miami doesn’t want him.

  80. coolgato13 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:33 PM

    I hope it’s the Chiefs and he sticks it to Tebow on Jan 1 in Denver. Divine justice !

  81. sask9999 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:33 PM

    Elway is the worst. Your team plays the team most likely to pick him up! If Chicago beats Denver because of this move and it costs the Broncos a playoff spot, Elway should be fired.

  82. drshakedown74 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:34 PM

    Chicago?

  83. atwatercrushesokoye says: Nov 22, 2011 4:34 PM

    808Raiders: You’re pretty dillusional there pal, it’s gonna be funny when the Faiduhs miss the playoffs this year, after the pick machine leads to their downfall. But at least you guys will be able to rebuild through the draft…oh yeah, well I’m sure that won’t have any long term effects.

  84. snarkzilla says: Nov 22, 2011 4:35 PM

    Honestly, I don’t understand how teams could pay GMs all that money when there are so many of them posting advice to blogs for free

  85. 808raiderinparadise says: Nov 22, 2011 4:35 PM

    Brady Quinn just pitched a Tebowner

  86. semperfi24 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:37 PM

    Obviously Elway has a wink/nod agreement with the other “neck beard” at Stanford. Elway gets rid of “neck beard 1″ and lets Tebow have the rest of the season to prove he is inept. Then “neck beard 2″ goes back to Stanford for his Sr year. Then next year, after the NFL has figured out the Broncos offense, “neck beard 1″ is no longer there to come in and win games. Suck for Luck 2011 is a waste of time, the Broncos are on the fast track to Suck for Luck 2012

  87. universalcynic says: Nov 22, 2011 4:37 PM

    This was a classy move by the Denver brass. They could’ve held him for no reason, but giving him a shot to land with another team now instead of later is the right thing to do.

    As for the Miami thing, it’s a bullet dodged by the Fins for not wanting to sign Orton long term. That is why Denver wasn’t able to close that deal, they were prepared to take a 4th rounder for him, but Kyle’s agent wanted a longer deal than the Fins wanted to offer.

    And yes, this means thanks to Josh, Chicago wins the trade. Barely.

  88. predicatepanda says: Nov 22, 2011 4:37 PM

    He won’t be unemployed for long. Good for Orton. He’ll get a chance to play in some meaningful games.

  89. mwcarolina says: Nov 22, 2011 4:37 PM

    ok, first off, the popular idea will be Bears, but i say no. first off, will Orton want to go to the team that actually traded him to Denver??? i dont see that, i think he’s going to Kansas City or Houston.

  90. bbrophy1 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:37 PM

    28 years later and Elway continues to screw the Colts…..go ahead and prove you’re not sucking for Luck

  91. bozosforall says: Nov 22, 2011 4:39 PM

    trbowman says:
    Nov 22, 2011 4:09 PM
    Orton’s not good at all.

    He was a big product of Josh McDaniels. Without him, he was absolutely abysmal this year.

    I guess he’s an upgrade over Leinart, but meh.

    Meanwhile, Miami is better off with Matt Moore. Funny how that works out. Denver has to be crying they didn’t get that deal done.

    __
    Not bad either. Career 80 passer rating, career 33-33 record. Could do a lot worse than Orton, so don’t bash the guy unnecessarily.

    As for Matt Moore, his career rating is 77, so he isn’t all that either.

  92. rdawg911 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:41 PM

    Best fit is Arizona…too bad they didn’t do this in August. Chicago is probably the next best..

  93. schmitty2 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:42 PM

    This is the worst way to get “Tebowed”

  94. billybats says: Nov 22, 2011 4:42 PM

    No surprise to anyone who was paying attention.

    Kyle Orton was 1-4 as a starter, and he was a master of the “80 yard drive that results in a field goal” as well as the “inopportune turnover that costs the team the game.” Hey, but he was a classic pocket passer. So say the Tebow-haters.

    All Tebow has done is go 4-1 as a starter and put the Broncos back in the thick of the playoff race.

    Good riddance, Orton. Tim, it’s your team now, keep showing everyone what you have.

  95. lilrob10201 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:44 PM

    The Texans need you.We want to get deep into the playoffs and Matt Leiner wont cut it.

  96. kjs7way says: Nov 22, 2011 4:45 PM

    Who???

  97. thefnlimit says: Nov 22, 2011 4:45 PM

    Watching Tebow makes me feel like I could play QB in the NFL.

  98. jackfnburton says: Nov 22, 2011 4:46 PM

    He will land somewhere. Love him or hate him, he’ll land somewhere.

  99. edavidberg says: Nov 22, 2011 4:46 PM

    I hope the Bears get him but I’m thinking KC will grab him first, they aren’t completely done yet in the AFC West.

  100. goawayeverybody says: Nov 22, 2011 4:46 PM

    Ahem. Tebow is NOT 4-1 as a starter. He’s 4-1 THIS YEAR as a starter. He was 1-2 last season as a starter, that makes him 5-3. Not bad, but not spectacular and he still cannot throw the ball at all.

    In any case, welcome to Houston or Chicago, Kyle Orton!

  101. unbreakable02215 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:47 PM

    Something ain’t right in Denver…….

    Is Brady Quinn THAT BAD ??!?!?

  102. earthtopft says: Nov 22, 2011 4:48 PM

    Did they waive Kyle for a second round draft pick and a roster player? I understood that was his street value.

  103. eagleswin says: Nov 22, 2011 4:48 PM

    bbrophy1 says:
    Nov 22, 2011 4:37 PM
    28 years later and Elway continues to screw the Colts…..go ahead and prove you’re not sucking for Luck

    ————————–

    This would be an interesting scenario. Would a team have a real claim with the league if Indy goes winless and doesn’t try to better it’s QB situation?

  104. nflsucker says: Nov 22, 2011 4:48 PM

    I see someone already mentioned the Jets.

    They’re in desperate need of a real back-up, and the way Sanchez plays it might be helpful to his development to pull him from games where he’s tossing out interceptions like Xmas gifts.

  105. dcfan4life says: Nov 22, 2011 4:50 PM

    Washington, Chicago, Kansas City, Miami, Seattle, Arizona, Jacksonville, Indianapolis, New York Jets all have inferior QBs than Orton. But I can only see Chicago, KC, Miami, Washington or possibly even the Jets taking him. We shall see wont we.

  106. bozosforall says: Nov 22, 2011 4:50 PM

    semperfi24 says:
    Nov 22, 2011 4:37 PM
    Obviously Elway has a wink/nod agreement with the other “neck beard” at Stanford. Elway gets rid of “neck beard 1″ and lets Tebow have the rest of the season to prove he is inept. Then “neck beard 2″ goes back to Stanford for his Sr year. Then next year, after the NFL has figured out the Broncos offense, “neck beard 1″ is no longer there to come in and win games. Suck for Luck 2011 is a waste of time, the Broncos are on the fast track to Suck for Luck 2012

    __
    OR he could just draft a bunch of busts with every one of his picks in 2012, except for lucking into his new franchise QB with a supplemental sixth-rounder. He would then be hailed as a genius!

  107. bearsrulepackdrool says: Nov 22, 2011 4:51 PM

    How’s that Orton-Cutler trade looking now?

  108. thridandlong says: Nov 22, 2011 4:52 PM

    Orton’s agent talked to the Bear’s after Cutler injured his finger Sunday night.

    This deal is done !

  109. universalcynic says: Nov 22, 2011 4:53 PM

    As some Bear fans pointed out despite Orton’s preference to return to Chicago (he said that) I can’t think of a worse fit for that team. Orton can’t hit deep routes without throwing his entire body into it, and 7-9 step drops will take about 10 minutes for him to pull off.

  110. jasncondit says: Nov 22, 2011 4:54 PM

    I wonder if the Lions would pick him up as insurance against Stafford’s broken finger? Put Hill as #3 and cut Stanton so he can play for the Bears. LMBO!

  111. universalcynic says: Nov 22, 2011 4:54 PM

    One last note, let this be a final chapter in how bad Josh McDaniels was at assembling talent as a head coach. Lonie Paxton, I hope you are month to month in Denver.

  112. asublimeday says: Nov 22, 2011 4:55 PM

    Bears. Book it.

  113. earthtopft says: Nov 22, 2011 4:57 PM

    Broncos win the Cutler/Orton deal. Kyle isn’t taking up a spot on the IR list.

  114. tarquinfintimlinbin says: Nov 22, 2011 4:58 PM

    Playoffs ! Don’t talk about the Chiefs and playoffs!,You kiddn me! Playoffs!!!

  115. materialman80 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:59 PM

    This is a good thing for Orton.

  116. The Chu says: Nov 22, 2011 5:02 PM

    While Tebow is currently winning, a winning percentage doesn’t mean he’s either a good quarterback or going to keep winning. Here are three active quarterbacks with good-to-great winning percentages, and I wouldn’t want any of them:

    Vince Young (31-17)
    Mark Sanchez (24-17)
    Rex Grossman (23-18)

    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Most_wins_by_a_starting_quarterback_%28NFL%29

  117. dowhatifeellike says: Nov 22, 2011 5:06 PM

    I am so glad I moved to Denver this summer; they have this great improv comedy act called the “Denver Broncos” that never fails to disappoint.

  118. jbcommonsense says: Nov 22, 2011 5:11 PM

    Shanahan pick that guy up! Sheesh!

  119. macaracoon says: Nov 22, 2011 5:13 PM

    “Redskins quarterback Mike Shanahan”

    But would coach Grossman agree?

  120. cuzz4169 says: Nov 22, 2011 5:14 PM

    At best Orton is an avg. qb. I watched him for the past 3yrs in Denver. Please don’t look at his #’s and think he’s good. Those #’s are so misleading. A lot of garbage time yards mixed in when Broncos are behind. He did absolutely nothing this year. Good bye!! About time!!

  121. blackqbwhiterb says: Nov 22, 2011 5:16 PM

    Well, damn it Shanny don’t bother now, there’s 6 games left. YOU said you had confidence in Rex and Beck. Now sit down, shut up, and draft Barkley. Now isn’t the time to get impatient…

  122. skylark70455 says: Nov 22, 2011 5:17 PM

    Indianapolis… in a season of Peyton-less pain and heartbreak, whats a couple mil for the rest of the season for a waiver wire pickup – compared to keeping the Texans playoff-less? :)

  123. gmen1987 says: Nov 22, 2011 5:18 PM

    Another pick up by Coach McDumbass fails.

  124. broncosfan15 says: Nov 22, 2011 5:18 PM

    I see kyle going to KC they are in need of a QB. Plus it would be nice to play him..

  125. dwight123 says: Nov 22, 2011 5:19 PM

    Honestly,I wouldn’t be upset if Miami brought him in as insurance for Matt Moore,I can see some* potential in him..just saying’

  126. committed2excellence says: Nov 22, 2011 5:22 PM

    Did you just say the Chiefs have playoff hopes? That’s ridiculous. Every team has playoff hopes and just because they aren’t mathematically eliminated yet does not mean they have a chance in hell of making the playoffs. They don’t. Kyle Orton walking into a new situation on a losing team depleted by injury does not offer a significant enough upgrade over even Palko to be the difference between a top 10 draft pick and a playoff run. The Chiefs may be solid next year with Berry, Charles, Cassell, and Moeaki back, but there season is over this year.

    No team but the Raiders has a chance to win the West, especially when McFadden and Seymour return.

    The Bears should strongly consider reuniting with Orton because their team is talented enough to make a playoff run if they can upgrade their QB situation to mediocre, which Orton can do in a Mike Martz offense that has similarities to McDaniel’s. Forte and that defense can carry the team and Orton just has to be efficient and not lose. All the have to do is beat the Broncos, Chiefs, and Seahawks and they’re in, and that’s doable in Chicago.

    Matt Leinart may not be Schaub, or arguably even Orton, but he’s infinitely more talented than Hanie and Palko, and he can coast though a very weak division with a dominant run game and defense.

    The Bears should pick up Orton. Case closed.

  127. unbreakable02215 says: Nov 22, 2011 5:23 PM

    Seems like there is some sort of conspiracy or something to keep Brady Quinn from seeing
    playing time. I mean does Tebow give them a
    better chance to win than Quinn ? Is Quinn that
    bad ?

    I don’t get it.

  128. thridandlong says: Nov 22, 2011 5:23 PM

    Bears have KC, Raiders, Denver on there schedule.
    Factor in Orton knows these teams and their tendencies, and the Bears need 3 more wins to make the playoffs, Orton is already as good as a Bear !

    Bad side of it, this would suggest Cutler is through this year, and will not be back for the playoffs if they should make it.

  129. whyalwaysthehate says: Nov 22, 2011 5:26 PM

    He’s going to give some team great practice minutes.

  130. wetpaperbag3 says: Nov 22, 2011 5:27 PM

    jbaxt says: Nov 22, 2011 4:13 PM

    What’s so funny, is the donkey’s just let go of their best QB. What’s even funnier, is the faiders gave up a 1st and 2nd round pick for a QB of equal calibur.
    ——————————————-

    First of all you inbred horse lover, “calibur” is spelled “caliber” or “calibre” (olde English).

    Second, it is YOUR horse loving franchise that failed to get ANYTHING for Orton at the beginning of the season. Remember Miami being desperate for a QB? You were likely asking for too much and lost out at getting ANYTHING for Orton. Now, since no one will trade for him, you’re forced to waive him and get NOTHING.

    Thirdly, my “Faider” team did give up a small fortune for Carson Palmer. However, that trade put us on top of our division and is tied for the second best record in the AFC!

    Fouthly (if there is such a word), you’re too blind to realize that this means you are either drafting another QB or will go after one in Free Agency. ANYbody with a shred of football knowledge can see that Tebow is NOT a franchise QB, let alone a QUALITY starting QB. The ONLY reason why he’s winning is because he’s a running back playing in a college system (still) in order to hide is huge deficiency.

    Even still, if it hadn’t been for your DEFENSE, the Broncos would be at best 1-5 since Tebow starting. The minute your Jackazzes plays a defense that is REASONABLY strong against the run, the honeymoon will be over.

  131. jagerbmb says: Nov 22, 2011 5:27 PM

    Broncos waive Orton…

    Redskins waive Choice…

    Things that make you go hmmm.

  132. billybats says: Nov 22, 2011 5:28 PM

    goawayeverybody says: Nov 22, 2011 4:46 PM

    Ahem. Tebow is NOT 4-1 as a starter. He’s 4-1 THIS YEAR as a starter. He was 1-2 last season as a starter, that makes him 5-3. Not bad, but not spectacular and he still cannot throw the ball at all.
    _____

    Ok, have it your way pal, but count all of Orton’s starts as a starter last year as well. We are getting rid of a loser with a 4-14 record over the last two years in favor of a winner with a 5-3 record over the last two years. And Tebow is nowhere near the passer that Orton is, but Orton is nowhere near the winner that Tebow is. FACT.

  133. vegasbronco says: Nov 22, 2011 5:28 PM

    Orton did not want Miami without security
    Denvers current defense would have Kyle at 5-5 but with easilier wins.
    Elway/Xanders is giving Orton just credit at a good time for Kyle to assist a winner.
    John and John want to see Brady IMO, so this makes it easy to have Brady start.
    Watch the teams that want an accurate pocket passing game manager.
    Good luck Kyle, real Bronco fans appreciated your professionalism without the college rah-rah

  134. packerfan12 says: Nov 22, 2011 5:29 PM

    Is this the Broncos saying they’re going to draft a quarterback? And if so, who? Because you’re playing yourselves out of Barkley, Jones, and possibly Robert Griffin III. Everyone knows that Tim Tebow isn’t their future, but I always thought that Kyle Orton wasn’t a horrible quarterback, just a statue.

  135. fissels says: Nov 22, 2011 5:30 PM

    I’d like to see Orton back in Chicago. They won’t go far without an experienced QB

  136. nachohippo says: Nov 22, 2011 5:35 PM

    Will someone PLEASE tell me what Jake Plummer thinks of this?

  137. snnyjcbs says: Nov 22, 2011 5:39 PM

    And to think that not long ago Denver had a pick or two in the hand for the guy and let them slip through their hands ending up with nothing for him but a side show they now have at QB.

  138. joetoronto says: Nov 22, 2011 5:39 PM

    Orton does NOT know the Bears playbook, Martz is now the OC.

  139. snarkzilla says: Nov 22, 2011 5:44 PM

    Cut Beck, pick up Orton, Bears QB controversy part deux Washington edition.

  140. comeonnowguys says: Nov 22, 2011 5:46 PM

    Denver reporter just came on The Score saying Orton wants to come to Chicago. Oy vey.

  141. mcjon22 says: Nov 22, 2011 5:46 PM

    Elway is clueless. He could of got a 4th from Miami, but decided to get greedy and hold out for a higher pick. Now he won’t get jack for Orton, not even the comp pick they would get when he walks as a FA. Good luck Denver, I’m sure he’ll cut Tebow at the end of the year too.

  142. comeonnowguys says: Nov 22, 2011 5:47 PM

    “jasncondit says:
    Nov 22, 2011 4:54 PM
    I wonder if the Lions would pick him up as insurance against Stafford’s broken finger? Put Hill as #3 and cut Stanton so he can play for the Bears. LMBO!”

    Apparently, the Bears are ahead of the Lions because the Bears had the tougher schedule.

  143. realitypolice says: Nov 22, 2011 5:50 PM

    myopinionisrighterthanyours says:
    Nov 22, 2011 4:25 PM
    Oh, and to all those mentioning the “timing” and 3 teams in need of QB’s, it’s not like they can get anything for him other than salary relief. The trade deadline came and went weeks past.
    ==========================

    You are entirely missing the point. No one is saying they are trying to trade him.

    They timed this move to coincide with so many teams looking for QBs so that it would be more likely that one would claim him and take the entire 2.5m off of the Broncos payroll, rather than those teams taking the risk of waiting for him to clear waivers.

    In which case, they could sign him for less as a free agent and the Broncos would be responsible for the difference.

  144. deconjonesbitchslap says: Nov 22, 2011 5:53 PM

    bronco receivers just cringed.

  145. credds65 says: Nov 22, 2011 5:59 PM

    The Bears need a quarterback. Oh that’s right that act already failed in Chi Town.

  146. capslockkey says: Nov 22, 2011 6:01 PM

    Hey geniuses, it doesn’t matter if the Bears WANT Orton or not. He’s on waivers so he’s got to clear teams like Indy, KC, Washinton, Seattle, etc who could all use a QB upgrade and are higher than Chicago in waiver claim priority. He doesn’t get to pick where he gets to play unless he clears waivers.

  147. skinsrock says: Nov 22, 2011 6:04 PM

    Don’t take the bait Redskins… Their trying to get these bottom feeders more wins… We want RG3!!!

  148. cowhawkfan says: Nov 22, 2011 6:06 PM

    I don’t understand this move. Tebow put the Broncos back into the play-off race. Everyone predicts he’ll be injured, so wouldn’t u want Orton as a back-up to try to make the play-offs? I realize Orton was 1-4, but they’re gonna hang their date in Brady? That’s not even considering Chicago or KC getting him. Surely, making the play-offs is worth $2.5M to an NFL team? This just reeks of stupid…unless you don’t want to make th play-offs.

  149. realitypolice says: Nov 22, 2011 6:07 PM

    It’s going to be an interesting Thanksgiving in the Orton house, as Kyle waits to see where his NFL career will pick up
    ======================

    Actually, unless he clears waivers, which I doubt, he will already know exactly where his career will pick up before Thanksgiving. Waiver claims are determined within 24 hours.

  150. nyjetsholdupsbtrophyin2012 says: Nov 22, 2011 6:22 PM

    Tannenbaum ,here’s your chance to help save the Jets season , orton cant be worse than sanchez

  151. granadafan says: Nov 22, 2011 6:28 PM

    LMAO at the Broncos. What a mess that organization is from insulting a franchise QB to the point where he forced a trade to drafting a terrible QB in the first round to running the option. Now they’re stuck with Tebow. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving fan base.

  152. mattmontoya22 says: Nov 22, 2011 7:05 PM

    Orton down…Tebow to GO!!!!

  153. deiong says: Nov 22, 2011 7:06 PM

    Chicago please do not get 3rd and out Orton.. stick with Hanie if thats the only option. got tired of seeing all the 3rd and outs…. at least Hanie has a better cahnce of scoring some points then a slow guy who cant throw far and certainly cant run.

  154. melikefootball says: Nov 22, 2011 7:12 PM

    If you are a true Broncos fan, not a fly by night I Like Tebow fan, you have to be scratching your head. Yes, you are in the hunt for playoffs but you have to wonder how long this type of offense will work. When they get down by more than a couple score then what. If you truly need a 2 minute drive and you have no time outs what then. You now send another QB packing, how many more times can you throw the dice with out craps. By Elway’s reactions he is thinking the same way.

  155. snarkzilla says: Nov 22, 2011 7:18 PM

    >Elway is clueless. He could of got a 4th from Miami,

    Orton nixed the deal, but don’t let facts get in the way of your Tebow man crush.

  156. 1977broncofan says: Nov 22, 2011 7:45 PM

    First off, Elway had nothing to do with the Cutler/Orton/ McDaniels soap opera. Second, after an 8-8 season in 2009, Orton has been a real disappointment.He had Gaffney, Lloyd and others to throw to. Third, If I remember the way it played out, Orton was the one that turned down the trade to Miami. The Broncos tried to trade him. Had they traded and settled for a low draft choice then everyone would be complaining that Denver did not get enough for him. There is probably a good reason why they let him go now rather than at the beginning of a new league year. The writing was on the wall that Orton was gone no matter what after this year.

    It is time to get over what McDaniels did to this team. And if you want to be realistic it started with Shanahan and some of his bad drafting/free agent signings. So McD picked Tebow too high in the draft. Can’t change that. I am still not convinced that Cutler was a franchise QB in Denver. He is in Chicago with a broken thumb now. Elway has not said that Tebow was or wasn’t the QB of the future. Just that so far he did not feel that the QB slot had been solidified or that the question was answered in his mind. He could say the same thing at RB as well. Or for most every position on the team.

    I find it amusing that Raider fans and other teams that Tebow has played this year constantly talk about the “wait until he faces a real defense” issue. So I guess the 299 yds on the ground they rolled up on the defense of the team with the second best record in the AFC was a fluke? Lost in the warm fuzzy afterglow of memories of what a great guy Al Davis was to the Raiders is the last 10 years of bad drafts, ill advised coaching moves and on and on. And yet you have a pretty good team now. You got over it. Denver ran over you for a bunch of yards. Your defense is still pretty good. What Tebow did to the Jets in the last 6 minutes of the game was no anomaly. So should we say that Rex Ryan doesn’t know defense?

    I am not ready to say that Tebow is the guy long term. But I know that Orton was not and that BQ may not be either. But NeckBeard Luck and all the other “saviors” out there all have one thing in common: ZERO NFL experience. This 11 game audition that Tebow is in the middle of will go along way in proving if he is a top tier QB. A complete offseason with mini-camps ,along with an open competition with another QB or two should settle the issue for the Tebow lovers and haters alike.

  157. commandercornpone says: Nov 22, 2011 7:46 PM

    skins season is over. they wont touch orton.

    bears are possible.

    orton would be an improvement in seattle or arizona. but coaches seem married to t-jack (why?) and kolb.

    jets should consider him. miami is on a roll. they dont need him.

    why not cleveland?

    i can see houston taking a flyer. at least put heat on leinart.

    jax has their qb of the future and they arent winning anything this year. del rio is just about history also.

    kaycee is a real possibility. but that team has issues that a new qb cant fix.

    why not san diego? rivers plays like he is hurt.

  158. ErikW65 says: Nov 22, 2011 7:48 PM

    If Chicago beats Denver because of this move and it costs the Broncos a playoff spot, but results in them drafting a QB with a sustainable playing style, Elway should be praised for outsmarting the selfish Tebow-heads and doing what’s right for his team in the long run.

  159. broncojohn says: Nov 22, 2011 8:34 PM

    Good move for Kyle… there is a need for QB’s on several team… best for Kyle NOW! Good for a change needed by Broncos…. Win Win!

  160. axespray says: Nov 22, 2011 8:39 PM

    “Orton, the quarterback who was handed the Broncos’ starting job in training camp only to lose it to Tim Tebow after five games”
    ————————-

    Think you mean Orton, The QB that won the job by displaying more work ethic in training camp, only to lose it to Tebow due to a popularity contest.

  161. lostsok says: Nov 22, 2011 10:48 PM

    As a Miami fan I’ve got to say it:

    AH HA HA!

    Good job, Denver, of refusing to sell high and finally dumping low. Way to work that market!

    Bet that 4th round pick you were scoffing at would look pretty good right now, huh?

  162. oicuradik says: Nov 22, 2011 10:48 PM

    Like 1977broncofan said…smart move to free up money wasted especially when everyone knows Orton is not the guy for the Brinco’s. Cut ties with him now allowing Orton a chance to do something and giving Denver what it needs a focus on what we have now. Obviosly Elway is figuring out where to go with the team. He has to make moves to get things done and Orton is too pricey to sit on the shelf. If Tebow goes out see what Quinn can do if Tebow keeps his winning ways than we have other decisions to make…surely we are building for the longterm and we need to get rid of privey things we don’t want, figure out what we want to keep, and/or get findout and rid of more of what we dont want to make more moves. I for one see a team winning even when they are looked at as a mess, which is much better than losing and being a mess. Plus watching this season play out got much more interesting!

  163. hiwaymessiah says: Nov 23, 2011 2:44 AM

    Mike Shanahan’s a Quarterback? Nuh uhh since when?

  164. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Nov 23, 2011 9:07 AM

    mecheng04 says:
    Nov 22, 2011 4:32 PM
    tate53 says:Nov 22, 2011 4:22 PM

    Dammit!! I just bought an “orton” jersey !
    —————————————————
    Total Orton jersey sales for the year: 1

    He thought it was a Randy Orton jersey.

  165. polishponderings says: Nov 23, 2011 9:52 AM

    Ah! The magic that comes with the Heisman! I just wonder why it hasn’t worked for Matt Leinart. Was he destined to be that big a loser in the N.F.L.?

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