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Report: Bears will claim Orton

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The neckbeard could be returning to Chicago.

Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Bears will attempt to claim Kyle Orton off waivers.

Actually, McClure said he was confirming Jay Glazer’s report.  But Glazer never actually reported anything; he just said the Chiefs or Bears “could” claim Orton and it took a life of its own.

Let’s take McClure’s report at face value, though.  We’re surprised Mike Martz would embrace the move, but it doesn’t mean the Bears will land Orton.

Waiver priority is decided by record, so the 7-3 Bears have to hope a lot of other teams pass. The Chiefs could claim Orton. Even teams like the Colts, Dolphins, or Redskins could try to kick the tires on Orton down the stretch.

We hope the Bears get him, if only because it’s a good story.  Orton was never good enough for the Bears to fully get on board with, so they traded him in the Jay Cutler deal.

Now they want to ask Orton to help get the team back to the playoffs. So that Cutler can take over again.

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  1. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Nov 22, 2011 6:20 PM

    It would be a great story if Orton rejoins the Bears and leads them to a victory at Lambeau in the playoffs. The fans would turn on Cutler faster than they did in last year’s playoffs.

  2. bebopa says: Nov 22, 2011 6:22 PM

    move would make sense, he knows the system.

  3. newcalistadium says: Nov 22, 2011 6:22 PM

    Who is higher on the waiver wire if teams have the same record… i.e. Houston and Chicago?

  4. typettman says: Nov 22, 2011 6:22 PM

    Am I the only one who thinks Caleb Hanie is actually a better QB then Orton?

  5. swervinmervin says: Nov 22, 2011 6:23 PM

    But you’re headline reads, “Bears will claim Kyle Orton”

  6. kjs7way says: Nov 22, 2011 6:23 PM

    As a TRUE Broncos fan I hope Da Bears get him, and he stomps back in here on Dec 11th and hangs one on the Donks!! Just sayin’, Timmy, KARMA is an itch with a B!!!

  7. kja22 says: Nov 22, 2011 6:23 PM

    I hope all of the bars in Chicago are fully stocked for Mr. Orton!

  8. nineroutsider says: Nov 22, 2011 6:31 PM

    He won’t make it to Chicago, but I hope he does. Someone needs to throw a wrench in Green Bay’s gears…

  9. jpb12 says: Nov 22, 2011 6:32 PM

    Miami, KC, Seattle, Arizona, Jets, Colts, Redskins… holy crap.

    Not even trying and I can think of a bunch of teams where he’d end up before the Bears get him.

  10. raider23mike says: Nov 22, 2011 6:32 PM

    It won’t be Cutler returning to Mile High .. It’ll be Orton. Denver fans will see first hand how a real QB plays and how again they let him go.. Tebow is good when game is too close.. When he faces a team with a big lead, he can’t deliver..

  11. dredddog says: Nov 22, 2011 6:33 PM

    The Broncos could have traded this guy in training camp but instead hold onto him..and now waive him. This organization is up there with the Raiders. Stupidity

  12. ctownlegend says: Nov 22, 2011 6:33 PM

    Bears fans didn’t turn on Cutler, the Media and all the stupid players @ home did. Bears fans Love Jay.

  13. trbowman says: Nov 22, 2011 6:33 PM

    Hanie > Orton

  14. trbowman says: Nov 22, 2011 6:35 PM

    On a side note, look out for Nate Enderle in the next couple of years. Not this year, but keep an eye open.

    Guy can play. Stuck behind arguably the worst offensive line at Idaho.

  15. august589 says: Nov 22, 2011 6:35 PM

    It would also make an interesting story if the Redskins put a claim on Orton. Didn’t Orton and Grossman fight it out for the Bears starting job just a few years ago? Interesting that they might be doing it again…

  16. dredddog says: Nov 22, 2011 6:37 PM

    He won’t make it to Chicago, but I hope he does. Someone needs to throw a wrench in Green Bay’s gears…<——-Not necessary..that will be done this Thursday in Detroit.

  17. dfeltz says: Nov 22, 2011 6:37 PM

    I vote no.

  18. tjacks7 says: Nov 22, 2011 6:37 PM

    I think Caleb Hanie is just as serviceable as Orton, with a high ceiling as well at this point.

  19. tjacks7 says: Nov 22, 2011 6:38 PM

    Who is higher on the waiver wire if teams have the same record… i.e. Houston and Chicago?

    ——————-

    Houston due to strength of schedule.

  20. dukemarc says: Nov 22, 2011 6:39 PM

    Not sure when Orton became a Packer “killer” – the guy already got his head handed to him by the Pack once this year and he had a better WR in Brandon Lloyd than anyone on the Bears current roster.

  21. mwcarolina says: Nov 22, 2011 6:41 PM

    it will be an interesting story if Chicago wins the super bowl with Orton as the starter and decide to keep him and trade Cutler to Washington to team him up with Shanahan which i know will NOT happen. honestly, i still think Orton’s best chance to start long term is KC.

  22. arsement says: Nov 22, 2011 6:44 PM

    Thanks for writing a misleading headline.

  23. govtminion says: Nov 22, 2011 6:45 PM

    I’m sure the Bears would love to TRY to get him, but I’m pretty sure someone else will snag him first. In particular, since we pointed out the irony of having Orton replace Cutler, how funny would it be for Orton to step in and replace Grossman- again?

  24. apaops5 says: Nov 22, 2011 6:45 PM

    Orton gives the Broncos the best chance to win. It works both when he is a Bronco AND when is a Bear! Do it Chicago!

  25. bearsrulepackdrool says: Nov 22, 2011 6:45 PM

    swervinmervin says:
    Nov 22, 2011 6:23 PM
    But you’re headline reads, “Bears will claim Kyle Orton”
    ____________________

    Yea but if other teams claim Kyle Orton and have a worse record then they get Orton.

  26. zaktmt says: Nov 22, 2011 6:46 PM

    The Bears would be better off with Hanie. Orton works hard enough to become a starter on the team. Once he knows he’s starting he won’t put more work in. Otherwise we wouldn’t be hearing about Tebow if he had been putting in to work to maintain his starting position.

  27. cuthead06 says: Nov 22, 2011 6:47 PM

    bears need a veteran qb to back up hanie. orton is the best option. it is that simple. we won’t get him so it will be someone else. bears will sign another qb though.

  28. siaaa says: Nov 22, 2011 6:49 PM

    desperate times desperate measures..

  29. i3addog says: Nov 22, 2011 6:50 PM

    It just goes to show you how few good QB’s there are in the NFL.

  30. trbowman says: Nov 22, 2011 6:52 PM

    “Miami, KC, Seattle, Arizona, Jets, Colts, Redskins… holy crap.

    Not even trying and I can think of a bunch of teams where he’d end up before the Bears get him.”

    Arizona won’t be getting Orton.

    Jets would be smart to do so. He’s a massive upgrade over Sanchez, but Rex Ryan actually thinks Sanchez is good.

    Colts won’t want to blow the top pick by getting a QB that can actually win a few games like Orton.

    Dolphins, why? Moore’s on a tear.

  31. whatwouldlombardido says: Nov 22, 2011 6:52 PM

    It would be sweet irony if Chicago ended up with both Cutler and Orton, but it’s more likely that he’ll be picked up by Miami or KC.

  32. acanniv says: Nov 22, 2011 6:54 PM

    “The Broncos could have traded this guy in training camp but instead hold onto him..and now waive him.”

    As has been reported umpteen times on this very site, this is absolutely not true. The ONLY suitors were the Dolphins and Orton himself derailed that trade by not agreeing to sign a long term deal in Miami. So there’s that.

  33. 808raiderinparadise says: Nov 22, 2011 6:59 PM

    I really hope the neck beard plays Sunday.

    -Raiders

    …and warren sapp, your a fat loser …. Chaz Schilens is a rotational WR and 7th rounder outa SDSU …. he works hard and stuck up for his team, which you pick against EVERY WEEK just out of spite for the lously raider teams you played for at the end of your career.

    if you were professional and “a HOF” like he said then you wouldn’t have ot talk back to a rotational WR.

    Chaz wasnt talking about himself, he was backing his team, something sapp never did in his fat career, it was always about him.

  34. jdd428 says: Nov 22, 2011 7:03 PM

    Bears have the worst waiver position of any of the 7-3 teams, so every team except GB and SF would have to pass on Orton before Chicago could win a claim. That said, a claiming team would be on the hook for $2.58M – that price tag may steer some away.

  35. jackfnburton says: Nov 22, 2011 7:03 PM

    Poor Kyle. He’s like that brown pair of men’s dress shoes in the back of the closet that are a little too nice to just throw away, but they don’t quite go with anything either so you never wear them.

  36. edukator4 says: Nov 22, 2011 7:05 PM

    how can anyone definitively say hanie is better than orton? hanie has played in 1 half of football, and didnt look that good. orton has played at a high level as an nfl qb, albeit for a short time. not saying that hanie cant be better than orton, he just isnt yet.

    also, why would anyone who doeant have a realistic chance at the playoffs pay 2.5 mill (as reported) for orton to come in and play?

  37. Wilie Beamon says: Nov 22, 2011 7:07 PM

    Orton is a good QB and hes better than Hanie but Hanie has earned this shot this week after his performance in the playoffs .

  38. cmdv8 says: Nov 22, 2011 7:10 PM

    As a lions fan i vote yes go get that guy who lost his starting job to the qb with bad mechanics and no support from the front office

  39. bullpuppy552 says: Nov 22, 2011 7:10 PM

    Orton??!! Good Lord, the Bears would be better off bringing back former Bears QB Jim McMahon

  40. deiong says: Nov 22, 2011 7:10 PM

    if this is true, there goes teh playoffs, 3rd and out is horrible.. hes slow, cant throw far, and sur emight not get pciked off much because he doesnt throw the ball much further then a few yards… come on chicago, if your stupid enough to sign him, you serve to lose… so please please please .. no more of the 3rd and out show.

  41. blueintown says: Nov 22, 2011 7:13 PM

    move would make sense, he knows the system.
    ____________________________________

    He doesn’t know the system. He’s never played in the system.

  42. deconjonesbitchslap says: Nov 22, 2011 7:16 PM

    well that worked out nicely for the bears

  43. toonsterwu says: Nov 22, 2011 7:22 PM

    I think the Bears should try to claim Orton, but that Hanie should be given every chance to be ahead of Orton.

    a) Hanie knows the system. Orton doesn’t. Orton was here under Ron Turner. While Martz has adjusted his system, it’s still quite different.

    b) Hanie is far more mobile. The OL is missing two key starters. Louis has played well at RT, but still needs help, and we have to see how Edwin Williams does. Hanie’s mobility could be helpful.

    At the end of the day, though, for the Bears to make it to the playoffs, it’s simply going to come down to game managing at the QB position and having the run game/defense step up in gigantic ways. Love the fact that Lovie is approving Rod’s efforts to be a more aggressive defense (Ron Rivera was similar as the DC, but Lovie pushed him out for Bob Babich).

  44. bullcharger says: Nov 22, 2011 7:22 PM

    Why would the Cheifs pass on him? They aren’t dead in the division quite yet. They beat Oakland once and could beat them again if they have a decent option at QB. If they need to beat Denver down the stretch Orton would want that badly.

  45. bearsrulepackdrool says: Nov 22, 2011 7:25 PM

    jdd428 says:
    Nov 22, 2011 7:03 PM
    Bears have the worst waiver position of any of the 7-3 teams, so every team except GB and SF would have to pass on Orton before Chicago could win a claim. That said, a claiming team would be on the hook for $2.58M – that price tag may steer some away.

    ____________

    Pats, Lions, and Saints too. They’re higher up than the Bears.

  46. drschrad says: Nov 22, 2011 7:25 PM

    For the record…he wouldn’t know the system as he was trade in 2009, and Martz was hired in 2010.

  47. simplesimon1 says: Nov 22, 2011 7:30 PM

    Can’t any QB hand off to Forte and throw screen passes. I always call Sanchez Captain Checkdown…..Maybe Orton can give some competition for that title. Be smart Chicago…..Stay away from Orton. He’s not good at learning new systems quickly. Not a smart move.

  48. snarkzilla says: Nov 22, 2011 7:33 PM

    >Someone needs to throw a wrench in Green Bay’s gears…<——-Not necessary..that will be done this Thursday in Detroit.

    Yes, if that happens it will leave the poor Pack at only 10-1 with a 2 game division lead.

  49. ajtexans says: Nov 22, 2011 7:36 PM

    Texans can’t waiver claim Orton because of limited cap room

  50. mcjon22 says: Nov 22, 2011 7:37 PM

    The Eagles will claim him, just because they can

  51. toooverbearing says: Nov 22, 2011 7:39 PM

    The Bears shouldn’t do this because he’d be a better option than Hanie, or that he knows Martz’s playbook (he doesn’t).

    The Bears should do this because he knows the Broncos’ playbook and has played against Oakland and Kansas City over 10 times in the past three years combined and can probably help Hanie be more effective against all three teams.

    You sign him, to mine him. Not to play him. If you get desperate down the stretch… very well. But this team needs three wins for a wildcard, and that can be an edge against the next three opponents that no other qb can come in and give you.

  52. Wilie Beamon says: Nov 22, 2011 7:40 PM

    deiong says:
    Nov 22, 2011 7:10 PM
    if this is true, there goes teh playoffs, 3rd and out is horrible.. hes slow, cant throw far, and sur emight not get pciked off much because he doesnt throw the ball much further then a few yards… come on chicago, if your stupid enough to sign him, you serve to lose… so please please please .. no more of the 3rd and out show.

    So you think Orton cant throw far ? he doesnt throw further than a few yards ? 3 and outs ?

    Dude has 7400 yards the past two season and was top 5 passes over 25 yards last year with Brandon Lloyd .

    You can say he is not mobile but to say that Kyle Orton cant throw the ball and doesnt throw it very far is a crock of stank.

    The Broncos 3rd down conversion percentage with Orton was 47% good for 7th in the league.

    With tebow theyve fallen to 24th with 32%

    The Bears with Cutler are only converting at 26th place with 31%.

    Orton wasnt playing his best football but neither was or have been lot of other Qbs the difference is that they didnt have a 2nd year player with a fanatical fanbase playing behind him either

    Orton would be good for the Bears until Cutler recovers but how weird would that be

  53. nokuntry4idiots says: Nov 22, 2011 7:41 PM

    Kyle Orton is the Rodney Dangerfield of the NFL…

  54. beerfartmeatball says: Nov 22, 2011 7:41 PM

    McClure is wrong. As his Tribune colleague Brad Biggs posted-

    “The Bears are 30th in the waiver-wire process based on an inverse order of records. For that reason, they might not place a claim for Orton, knowing that the San Francisco 49ers (31st) and Green Bay Packers (32nd) are unlikely to claim Orton.

    If Orton clears waivers, the Bears could then negotiate a contract with him, likely for much less money. The Broncos are hoping another team claims Orton because it would take them off the hook for that remaining salary this season.”

  55. FinFan68 says: Nov 22, 2011 7:46 PM

    The Bears have little chance. The Texans may look for a vet backup in case Leinart does not work out. The Colts need a decent veteran although they seem content with the horrible play of Painter. There are some wild cards that may take a shot in the dark. Redskins, Bills (if they haven’t given up on their season) and the Seahawks if they think they still have a shot at a wild card.

  56. thegonz13 says: Nov 22, 2011 7:52 PM

    Is it me or does he look like Keanu Reeves on that picture?

  57. gmsingh says: Nov 22, 2011 7:52 PM

    I’d rather have Orton losing games looking like a QB than have Tebow winning games looking like a goofball.

  58. fcs34 says: Nov 22, 2011 7:52 PM

    The return of the Neckbeard has been foretold in the prophecies

  59. djdvd says: Nov 22, 2011 7:59 PM

    Why would Miami claim Orton? Moore’s won about as many games as he has in the last few years with a worse team.

  60. 46defense says: Nov 22, 2011 8:03 PM

    I would love if the Bears claimed him because the headline could read:

    “Bears traded Kyle Orton and two first round picks for Cutler, Johnny Knox and well… Kyle Orton.”

    Denver traded one pick to San Fran, and used the other for Robert Ayers, who has been a bust. They ended up with Tim Tebow.

    I think the Bear won this trade.

  61. stanmark says: Nov 22, 2011 8:21 PM

    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?

    lisabearsfan says: Nov 22, 2011 4:11 PM

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

  62. doug1grohlin says: Nov 22, 2011 8:33 PM

    His agent released a statement pretty much telling other teams not to waste their time claiming him. Says he won’t show up and that he’ll only go to Chicago. It’s only a matter of time. I doubt he starts anytime soon though. Bears are going to want to see what they have with Hanie. Orton is a good back up behind him if he starts sucking it up.

  63. kingjoe1 says: Nov 22, 2011 8:36 PM

    Well the Bears better hope there are no Garth Snows GMing an NFL team. Snow pulled a douche move with Nabokov last year for no other reason than he could. Stole an opportunity away from him to play with a contender.
    If a team pulls in Orton simply to stop him from going to the Bears, it will only lead to more player – team distrust in the future.

  64. shorttracknews says: Nov 22, 2011 8:59 PM

    You guys says Martz likes Hanie, he actually prefers Nathan Enderle who is #3 on the roster to Hanie.

  65. savannahrose44 says: Nov 22, 2011 8:59 PM

    bebopa says:
    Nov 22, 2011 6:22 PM
    move would make sense, he knows the system.
    ————————————————

    I’m pretty sure Martz came into Chicago after they had already kicked Orton to the curb.

  66. skinsfaninnebraska says: Nov 22, 2011 9:18 PM

    Agent’s statement or not, I don’t see Shanahan being interesting in signing Orton.

    The Redskins are too busy trying to make it work with Grossman for now, and they know they need to find a franchise QB in the very near future. Why muddy up the waters with another marginal player at this point?

  67. irishfan109 says: Nov 22, 2011 9:21 PM

    It’s the return of the neckbeard!

  68. bullpuppy552 says: Nov 22, 2011 9:28 PM

    Orton has no business being a starting QB in the NFL. He is a backup and nothing more.

  69. marshawnlynchlookslikepredator says: Nov 22, 2011 9:32 PM

    Ummm don’t the Bears run a different offense from what the did when Orton was there? So that is a different system, and Orton in fact does not know the system. It would make much more sense to keep the guy who has practiced it for 2 years. That’s just my logical thought on it.

  70. all4patriots says: Nov 22, 2011 9:34 PM

    arsement says:
    Thanks for writing a misleading headline.
    ——————————–

    There is nothing misleading at all. They will claim him. Other teams may also claim him. To claim him does not mean you get him. In fact you won’t if a worse team wants him.

  71. ortonsneckbeard says: Nov 22, 2011 9:40 PM

    Would love to have Ortonsneckbeard back. All he did was win games when he was here. Serviceable is what we need now if Caleb can’t get it done.

  72. tdrizzle74 says: Nov 22, 2011 9:44 PM

    “true Broncos fan” who wants Orton to come back to Denver 12/11 and beat the Broncos…you’re a d-bag.

  73. gavinmac says: Nov 22, 2011 9:53 PM

    Why would Denver release him to go to the Bears when Denver plays the Bears in about three weeks? If Orton makes the Bears better, the Broncos just made their playoff run harder.

    Also, I think the Lions have an incentive to claim Orton. They don’t need him, but they are battling the Bears for second place in the division, which will probably determine a wild card berth. The Lions could claim him and just squat on his rights (though they would have to pay him).

    The Chiefs play the Bears in two weeks. Maybe they could claim Orton, pay him to sit for two weeks, beat the Caleb Hanie -led Bears, then release Orton.

  74. cubear34 says: Nov 22, 2011 9:58 PM

    Tjacks7….. Houston or chicago on strength of schedule? Are you on crack. Chicago didn’t play the colts. Played the pack Nuff said numb nuts

  75. edgarprado says: Nov 22, 2011 10:01 PM

    Kyle Orton sucks.

  76. tdk24 says: Nov 22, 2011 10:28 PM

    As a Raiders fan, start what ever QB you want this weekend. It don’t make no matter no how!

  77. sfkforever says: Nov 22, 2011 10:48 PM

    11-6 regardless

  78. sfkforever says: Nov 22, 2011 10:49 PM

    11-5… excuse me

  79. goawayeverybody says: Nov 22, 2011 11:01 PM

    If the Chiefs were to claim Orton it would signal the fact that Todd Haley is the most delusional person in the history of the universe, believing it would somehow salvage the Chiefs’ lost season.

  80. luciano26 says: Nov 23, 2011 12:09 AM

    As a Steeler fan, I hope he doesnt end up in Houston. They are dead with Leinart….they’ll make it to the playoffs and get blown out like last years Chiefs. Orton would make them dangerous again, cant put 8 or 9 in the box against him. Orton can chuck it.

    I hope he makes it to the Bears too, think he could get them there, if I was the Lions though, I’d take him and bench him just to screw the Bears. Not aware of their cap situation though. If the Bears are 30th on the order is true, the Lions could screw the Bears and help their playoff chances by hurting the Bears since they wanna make clear their plans

  81. yippityskippity69 says: Nov 23, 2011 12:57 AM

    Am I the only one who thinks Arron Rogers comes off as arrogant and that the Packers are staring to be the Patriots of the NFC? Orten would be great but I doubt other teams will pass on him. This Bears team with a healthy Cutler could De-rail the Packers perfect season as well as defeat them in the playoffs. If Orten or Hanie can help get us there than so be it. Cutler was trying to do the right thing by tackling after throwing a pick but damn I wish he woulda pulled a Payton or Brady and walked off the field and avoided the contact. Everyone labels him as “soft” which he isn’t (try taking as many sacks as he does and getting back up) this time he wish he woulda been!

  82. jjbadd says: Nov 23, 2011 1:26 AM

    This just in: Anyone who thinks Orton will come in & save their respected team, please think again! As a Broncos fan and experienced Orton evaluator, he will get you a ton of yards between the 20’s, but unfortunately stall in the red zone without fail! He’s a decent enough guy, but truly, just fit to be a backup.

  83. stopthehate15bowdown says: Nov 23, 2011 2:37 AM

    @kjs7way:

    You ain’t no “real” Broncos fan you HATER!! You couldn’t hold Tim McKernan’s barrel you itch-with-a-B!!!

  84. notsosmartski says: Nov 23, 2011 2:39 AM

    Why would the Bears claim him if they had the chance at number 30? If Orton fell that far the odds are good he would not be claimed by anyone. Denver would be on the hook for the remainder of Orton’s $2.5 million salary. Orton would be free to sign with a team of his choice albeit they say the Bears are his choice. The Bears can negotiate a new contract with him as could any other team in the league.

  85. briggsweatbird says: Nov 23, 2011 6:53 AM

    bebopa says:
    Nov 22, 2011 6:22 PM
    move would make sense, he knows the system.

     He DOESN’T know the system. Orton has never played for Martz. The better fit is Houston, then maybe KC.

  86. packersrule12 says: Nov 23, 2011 8:51 AM

    Why would the Bears want Orton?

    The Chicago media and fans already have Hanie winning the rest of their games and in the playoffs. ALMOST beating the Packers in the playoffs last year doesn’t count.
    They didn’t beat the Packers in the playoffs and wont beat them in Green Bay this year.

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