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Orton pushed for release after Cutler injury

Kyle Orton,  Tim Tebow AP

It’s no coincidence that Kyle Orton was cut by the Broncos soon after Jay Cutler’s injury in Chicago.

Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that Orton’s agent pushed for the release after they saw Cutler needed surgery on his thumb.

Orton reportedly has “let it be known” that the Bears are one of the teams he’d like to play for.  We wouldn’t be surprised if Orton’s agent got an indication on Sunday from the Bears that the interest was mutual.

The Chicago Tribune reported that the Bears are indeed interested. It’s possible they could let him pass through waivers — they are 30th in line — and sign Orton to a separate deal if he clears.

“This was the right decision for our football team. We feel good about our quarterback group, and this gives Kyle an opportunity to help another team and showcase his talents,” Broncos coach John Fox said in a statement.

Orton is due $2.58 million on the rest of his contract this year.  The Chiefs, Redskins, and Colts seem like potential teams that could claim him, but Orton appears more likely to wind up in Chicago.

The reunion sets up the possibility of an amazing storyline in a few weeks. Orton could return to Denver on December 11 as a member of the Bears, and face Tebowmania from the opposing sideline.

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69 Responses to “Orton pushed for release after Cutler injury”
  1. cowhawkfan says: Nov 22, 2011 7:53 PM

    This move is gonna bite the Broncos in the A when the Bears beat the Broncos who miss the playoffs by one game.

  2. phillysports25 says: Nov 22, 2011 7:55 PM

    Someone else, will claim him first.

  3. herlies says: Nov 22, 2011 7:56 PM

    How awesome would it be to see Orton go into Denver with the Bears and completely outclass Tebow?

  4. doowix says: Nov 22, 2011 7:56 PM

    Lions, Giants, Cowboys, Saints, or Falcons should claim him just to keep him out of the Bears hands and thus increase their own chances at a wildcard spot.

  5. bozosforall says: Nov 22, 2011 7:59 PM

    Good for Orton. He gets a chance to start again for awhile. At least until Cutler gets back.

  6. milehigh85 says: Nov 22, 2011 8:01 PM

    So he would rather ride the pine in Chicago than Denver? I get it! Bye Kyle… I don’t care where you decide to go 3 and out.

  7. gb4mn0 says: Nov 22, 2011 8:03 PM

    Undoubtedly the first order of business for Orton when he hits the Windy City is to teach the rest of Da Bears how to Tebow.

  8. milehigh85 says: Nov 22, 2011 8:03 PM

    I actually hope some how he winds up in kc so I can see von miller knock him around twice a year.

  9. perry1977 says: Nov 22, 2011 8:09 PM

    Von Miller should only get 5 or 6 sacks on the Elusive Kyle Orton.

  10. football58 says: Nov 22, 2011 8:10 PM

    I bet Denver would be shaking in their boots if the Bears claimed him. First of all, the Bears offensive line it terrible, Orton is not mobile, he would be a sitting duck for Miller and Dumerville.

  11. jc1958cool says: Nov 22, 2011 8:10 PM

    good for broncos bad for packers!

  12. nationalmediacansuckit says: Nov 22, 2011 8:12 PM

    Orton could return to Denver on December 11 as a member of the Bears, and face Tebowmania from the opposing sideline.
    ——————————————————

    Don’t care about the Bears or Broncos, but it would be nice if Orton beat the daylights out of the Broncos and the delusional Bronco/Gator fans. You people are obsessed with a 23 year old that couldn’t care less about you. It’s sports and entertainment. What does that say about your life?

  13. nineroutsider says: Nov 22, 2011 8:16 PM

    milehigh85 says: Nov 22, 2011 8:01 PM

    So he would rather ride the pine in Chicago than Denver? I get it! Bye Kyle… I don’t care where you decide to go 3 and out.
    —————————————————-
    Where ever he goes 3 and out…it won’t be nearly as many times as Tebow does it.

    Hopefully Denver never, ever gets another prime time game as long as that guy is starting. What an embarrassment to the NFL. God certainly did not bless that arm of his and he keeps pushing the guy in our face just to laugh.

  14. arsement says: Nov 22, 2011 8:19 PM

    My first reaction is if they are 30th in the waiver order someone else is going to grab him.

  15. jimmysee says: Nov 22, 2011 8:22 PM

    Even if Orton ends up on Chicago — that does not mean he’ll start over Calib Hanie.

  16. mrcosio says: Nov 22, 2011 8:24 PM

    Fu Man Chu has returned

  17. lionsfan54 says: Nov 22, 2011 8:26 PM

    Tamper much?

  18. tramonisland says: Nov 22, 2011 8:26 PM

    Collusion

  19. sfkforever says: Nov 22, 2011 8:26 PM

    just a cushion for the bears…makes sense…will it happen doubtful..orton winds up with the chiefs…bears win out!!!!

  20. trbowman says: Nov 22, 2011 8:27 PM

    Is it a forgone conclusion Orton even starts if Chicago gets him?

    I am skeptical one of the 29 teams won’t claim him ahead of the Bears but, it would be a helluva storyline.

    Shame the Bills play the same time as Bears/Broncos.

  21. swinbun says: Nov 22, 2011 8:31 PM

    I hope to hell he goes to the Bears and then sticks it right up Denver’s Keester!! Broncho fans are too delusional to realize that the bad record they had during Orton’s tenure had 95% to do with an absolutely atrocious defense and pathetic running game.

    And for those of you that think this recent winning streak is due to Tebow??? Puuuuleeeessssseeee. The defense is playing very well, and they have recently played completely inept offenses, with the exception of Detroit. The defense is allowing at least 8 fewer points/game in the games Tebow has started. Ya think that has something to do with it?????

    Think of how much better the D would have played if they could have actually had some rest between series’??? They might have actually shut some of those teams out if Tebow could have gotten a few first downs and given the Defense time to recover!!!

    Broncho/Tebow fans are clueless. I can’t wait for Orton to light your butts up

  22. donmega72 says: Nov 22, 2011 8:34 PM

    These fans that are bad mouthing Orton are not Bronco fans. They’re Tebow fans. How soon they forget 2010 when Orton was slugging the ball around to Lloyd. You guys actually looked like an up and coming team.
    You should be angry at that loser of a coach Josh McDaniels. He decimated your team and traded away all of you draft picks. But, wasn’t this the same team that loved McDaniels when they were 6-0?
    The fickle Donk fans prevail again! Have fun with T-Bo! He’s a one year fluke just like the Wild Cat!

  23. axespray says: Nov 22, 2011 8:35 PM

    jc1958cool says:Nov 22, 2011 8:10 PM
    “good for broncos bad for packers!”

    huh?

  24. corvusrex96 says: Nov 22, 2011 8:36 PM

    So the Bears are 30th in line for waivers, perhaps the Ravens at 28th should claim Orton ….booyah

  25. vincentbojackson says: Nov 22, 2011 8:36 PM

    There’s a market for a guy that couldn’t keep Tebow on the sidelines?

  26. bearfan1979 says: Nov 22, 2011 8:38 PM

    I agree with jimmysee hes not going to start over hanie he wont play against denver not enough time to learn martz offense but he is a good insurance policy in case hanie gets hurt

  27. jimmylions says: Nov 22, 2011 8:39 PM

    The one thing that Orton brings to the Bears is that his old teammates there love him. He’ll help create some unity in that locker room that could be a big help.

    The problem is that Martz’s offense is so complicated that Orton won’t be executing it well until after Christmas.

    I think we’ll see a lot more rushing by Forte, while Orton is asked to keep things simple, avoid errors, and let the defense win games.

  28. richm2256 says: Nov 22, 2011 8:43 PM

    So that would set the stage for the inevitible …… a Cutler vs. Orton battle for the starting job.

  29. atwatercrushesokoye says: Nov 22, 2011 8:49 PM

    I’m a Broncos fan NOT a Tebow fan, although I do support all of our players.

    However the person talking about “Orton slinging it around to Lloyd in 2010″ also has to remember that a lot of those statistics came in garbage time after the game was already over and the other team was playing a passive prevent defense. Yes Orton put up some decent numbers last year…but NO Orton did not play well last year.

    Hopefully next year we’re free of the other side show and Elway can go about building the team with someone who is in between the two extremes that are Orton and Tebow.

  30. jpb12 says: Nov 22, 2011 8:55 PM

    Zona, Miami, KC… lots of places he can end up before Chicago

  31. commandercornpone says: Nov 22, 2011 8:55 PM

    tebow hasnt been throwing much. lots of run plays. fewer incompletions and clock stoppages.

    more rest for the defense.

    that helps D play better.

  32. hoosierhandicapper says: Nov 22, 2011 8:56 PM

    @corvusrex96 says: Nov 22, 2011 8:36 PM

    So the Bears are 30th in line for waivers, perhaps the Ravens at 28th should claim Orton ….booyah
    —————————————————-

    Might not be a bad idea. He’s not much worse than Mr 55% completion, 77 QB rating Flacco.

    In fact, they’re practically twins as this year Orton’s at 59% completion, 76 QB rating.

  33. jarrman46 says: Nov 22, 2011 8:57 PM

    Whatcha gonna do Orton when Tebowmania runs wild on you!!! Brother!!

  34. jmsincla says: Nov 22, 2011 9:00 PM

    I want the Redskins to pick him up and be the guy that bridges the gap for the upcoming qb, I think he could excel in Shanahans system.

    However, I think he ends up on one of the two teams within shouting distance of Purdue (Indy or Chicago.) Normally, I don’t see the Colts, or any other team about to pick a #1 overall QB, picking up a QB this late in the season but the Purdue factor makes me question my preconceived notions. Teams seem to give the local college/universities players a fair shake.

  35. j0esixpack says: Nov 22, 2011 9:00 PM

    Smart move by the Broncs for the long term.

    A key part of rebuilding any team is to attract the best free agents.

    Every guy thinks they’re the next Kyle Orton, and none would want to go to a place where an organization would make them sit on the bench when their needs at QB are taken care of.

  36. tatum064 says: Nov 22, 2011 9:06 PM

    herlies says:
    Nov 22, 2011 7:56 PM
    How awesome would it be to see Orton go into Denver with the Bears and completely outclass Tebow?

    ===============

    Guarantee you that it is probably a motivation. And what sweet payback it would be, too. But first, he’ll have to clear waivers, and KC is probably before Denver on that list.

    ===========
    atwatercrushesokoye says:
    Nov 22, 2011 8:49 PM

    Hopefully next year we’re free of the other side show and Elway can go about building the team with someone who is in between the two extremes that are Orton and Tebow.

    ———————

    Agree, Bronco fan. Elway isn’t going to let this “run” by Tebow and the blowback affect his decision to bring another QB in…one Free Agent he may look at is Green Bay’s Matt Flynn.

  37. sbxxix says: Nov 22, 2011 9:07 PM

    Kyle Orton would like to thank Jesus and Tim Tebow for the opportunity to go back to a good team that has a chance to do something. I still would like to see Tebow and Jesus beat the Bears tho. Lets face it Tebow is nothing without Jesus we all know that

  38. illwillthemick says: Nov 22, 2011 9:09 PM

    seems like people forgot orton sucks lol…

  39. brubaker15 says: Nov 22, 2011 9:20 PM

    AS A FOOTBALL FAN 1st, I am speaking as a broncos fan and not a tebow fan. It is obvious that all these people say say “well good for orton he deserves another chance, and the broncos are delusional” dont know what the hell they are talking about. You guys haven’t had to sit through the worste 2 year skid in the league with orton as the qb. HE CHOKES. in the opening game of the season, he drops the ball on his own with a wide open reciever and loses the ball on a turnover, he threw and int to end the titans game, he dropped a snap in the jets game last year to end the game, etc…… HE IS ORTON. HE IS NOT A WINNER. he is a good practice player, but chokes when the lights are on. I know tebow is playing WELL below average, but he makes plays in the 4th unlike orton.

  40. linemoose1 says: Nov 22, 2011 9:20 PM

    If i were rex ryan he would b my starter on sunday….

  41. uwachampion says: Nov 22, 2011 9:21 PM

    corvusrex96 says:
    Nov 22, 2011 8:36 PM
    So the Bears are 30th in line for waivers, perhaps the Ravens at 28th should claim Orton ….booyah

    That is the dumbest thing Ive read. Why in the hell would the Ravens do that? I know Flaco is overrated but still…….

  42. poorlittlepinkus says: Nov 22, 2011 9:25 PM

    Hey Chi-Town,

    Good luck with all that!

  43. howiehandles says: Nov 22, 2011 9:30 PM

    “I bet Denver would be shaking in their
    boots if the Bears claimed him. First of
    all, the Bears offensive line it terrible,
    Orton is not mobile, he would be a
    sitting duck for Miller and Dumerville.”

    ———–

    Yeah, good luck with Tebow running past or over Urlacher, Briggs, or Peppers.

    What makes you believe Orton would start?

    Go back in your hole, the Broncos still blow.

  44. howiehandles says: Nov 22, 2011 9:32 PM

    “So the Bears are 30th in line for
    waivers, perhaps the Ravens at 28th
    should claim Orton ….booyah”

    ——–

    Go ahead, he’s not Manning or Brady. Remember that you need cap room too.

  45. thefiesty1 says: Nov 22, 2011 9:57 PM

    Not the Colts. They are waiting for Luck to be Peyton’s protege and already blew, what – $8 million on Collins. Just ride it out and hope Peyton CAN come back next year.

  46. alefty says: Nov 22, 2011 9:58 PM

    JETS!

  47. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Nov 22, 2011 10:09 PM

    Orton won’t be with the Bears whether via free agency or certainly not waivers. To create that mess of a “QB competition” would be justification to fire Jerry and Co. on the spot. It’s the last thing Chicago needs.

    Hanie has been on the team long enough and should get his shot at showing what he can do.

    My only disappointment is not seeing Cutler going into Denver and kicking their @ss on offense while Timmy gets t-boned by the Bears D. At least the latter part will still happen.

  48. bulldogslc says: Nov 22, 2011 10:10 PM

    Cards will pick him up…

  49. enders9 says: Nov 22, 2011 10:31 PM

    milehigh85 says: Nov 22, 2011 8:01 PM

    So he would rather ride the pine in Chicago than Denver? I get it! Bye Kyle… I don’t care where you decide to go 3 and out.

    ——————————————————

    Are you a Tebow fan? Because it would make that last sentence of yours extremely ironic if you were.

  50. profootballgossip says: Nov 22, 2011 10:40 PM

    Lulz at all the idiots that think Tebow is horrible, but that Kyle Orton is a quality quarterback.

    Kyle Orton is 4-14 with this Broncos team over the past two years. Tebow is 5-3. Stop being fat and playing Madden. We’re talking competitive sports here. The idea is to win.

    If you think Tebow sucks, that’s fine. If you think Orton sucks, that’s fine. If you think Tebow is great and Orton is good, that’s fine. But Tebow is a demonstrably better quarterback than Kyle Orton, assuming you are not a mouth-breathing stat dork.

  51. mmmpieyummy says: Nov 22, 2011 11:10 PM

    Well, this is Rosenthal’s story…so I cannot comment on anything Teblow.

    For it shall get deleted…and thy shall be done.

    Amen.

  52. bradwins says: Nov 22, 2011 11:13 PM

    phillysports25 says:
    Nov 22, 2011 7:55 PM

    Someone else, will claim him first.

    You didn’t need, that comma there.

  53. goblue714 says: Nov 22, 2011 11:16 PM

    The bears should claim him because he’s done so well in denver, notice my sarcasm. He sucks, good luck da bears.

  54. sinuoussausage says: Nov 22, 2011 11:30 PM

    isn’t Orton like 5-23 in his last 28 starts? Even if he does return to Denver and smoke the Broncos as a member of the Bears (I have my doubts, and Denver has their LBs), how on earth could they be faulted for releasing a guy who has been flat-out abysmal for them the last two years? The Broncos FO hooked Orton up big time, and instead of getting props for showing some class, there’s a horde of buttpirates looking for vengeance.

  55. mmmpieyummy says: Nov 23, 2011 12:02 AM

    @ profootballgossip:

    Thanks for proving my point that Donkey fans and Teblowmaniacs are idiotic and delusional. Keep spouting that record sport, it ain’t gonna last. Before you know it, Teblow will be 6-14 and the donkeys will be set back another 5 years…and it will be hilarious.

    Teblow is nothing but a fad…kind of like that pet rock you still have in your mother’s basement in North Denver…or the pair of bell-bottoms in your mother’s closet…or that blow-up…umm, nevermind – I’m sure you get the point.

  56. ron69 says: Nov 23, 2011 12:40 AM

    Wouldn’t be ironic if Orton dumps the Broncos out of the playoff? as a raider fan I’d love every minute of it

  57. rexryanisablowhard says: Nov 23, 2011 1:56 AM

    Sanchize sucks

  58. therealzeitgeist says: Nov 23, 2011 2:13 AM

    @brubaker15

    You say wait until Chicago sees Orton choke. Well, they have.

    Grossman and Orton were a due worthy of silent films together in Chicago. The fact they made a Superbowl etc. speaks to all things being good bar offense for a team, and how far it can really get you.

    Tebow won’t get Denver to the Promised Land, I being a Denver fan know better than that. But Orton leading the Bears will get lit up by likes of Dumervil and Miller that will make Tebow look better, maybe like a winner again, as all really good defenses do.

    Who knows where Denver is going with all that offensive mystery and plain-as-day defensive talent. Either way, they are fast becoming the must-watch team in the must-watch sport of the USA and as a Denver fan I absolutely dig that. I hope they keep winning.

  59. hjworton46 says: Nov 23, 2011 2:37 AM

    If Orton joins Chicago then he’d better think of two words on December 11th: Von. Miller.

    With Chicago’s O line he’ll need to get that ball out pretty early.

  60. asublimeday says: Nov 23, 2011 4:13 AM

    Kyle wins with talent, of which Denver has very little on offense.

    That said, the bears feel good about haine.

    Kyle will make it to the bears if his agent makes it known that he won’t re-sign with any team other than the bears that claims him on waivers. So non-playoff teams like KC wouldn’t really be motivated to sign him.

  61. streatorx says: Nov 23, 2011 4:25 AM

    Hope the kid from Altoona gets another chance with the Bears, if that’s what he wants. Wouldn’t it be too ironic if Kyle, who quarterbacked the Southeast Polk Rams, came back to the Bears, led them to the Super Bowl and was then replaced by the healed Jay Cutler?

  62. vomitingliberals says: Nov 23, 2011 5:11 AM

    Yeah, the Bears are going to go get the guy that Tebow kept on the bench and this is the very same Tebow that everyone says sucks and shouldn’t play QB in the NFL? You think he’s going to take the reigns of the Bears and go into Denver and do what? Out-practice Tim Tebow? Seriously, whats he gonna do? Look more pretty throwing the ball than Tim Tebow? I’ll tell you exactly what’s gonna happen, he’s going to lose to Tim Tebow. You know it ( or should know it) and I know it.

  63. monarch897 says: Nov 23, 2011 7:52 AM

    Wasn’t Orton 6-0 to start his career with the Broncos?

    The Tebow train will derail soon enough and then its on to Quinn.

  64. adk77 says: Nov 23, 2011 7:59 AM

    For their lack of backing their own qb (Tebow), anything that would make Elway or Fox look bad is okay with me.

  65. goblue714 says: Nov 23, 2011 8:44 AM

    I have a feeling denver is going to be jacked for the chicago game, and will probably kick the bears asses. I’m a lions fan so I hope that happens.

  66. smokehouse56 says: Nov 23, 2011 9:09 AM

    If the Denver bosses don’t like Tebow, he is a goner. Too bad. He is a great young QB. In the win now mentality of the NFL, they probably won’t take the time to develop this QB, who needs lots of work. But say what you will, he’s a damn winner. And a first class person to boot. Tebow haters will continue to hate. That’s OK. But the kid never did anything to you to deserve the vile words that come from the same few people on this board.

  67. raiders757 says: Nov 23, 2011 10:29 AM

    …and by that, I meant they’re going to miss the playoffs by a lot more than one game.

  68. colofan8 says: Nov 23, 2011 10:48 AM

    gb4mn0 says: Nov 22, 2011 8:03 PM

    “Undoubtedly the first order of business for Orton when he hits the Windy City is to teach the rest of Da Bears how to Tebow.”

    I heard he wants to teach them “Ortoning”. It’s where you lay down in the fetal position during the 4th quarter…

  69. corvusrex96 says: Nov 23, 2011 1:52 PM

    The Ravens should take Orton just ahead of Chicago to get the draft pick the Bears screwed them out from the draft.

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