Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

AP

Kyle Orton is heading to Kansas City.

Orton, the quarterback who was waived by the Broncos on Tuesday, was picked up by the Chiefs today, according to multiple reports. With Matt Cassel out for the season, Orton shouldn’t need much time to move ahead of Tyler Palko on the depth chart and become the starter in Kansas City.

The development is bad news for the Bears, who reportedly wanted to bring Orton in after Jay Cutler suffered a broken thumb. The Bears will now go with Caleb Hanie until Cutler is healthy.

We don’t yet know how many teams put in claims for Orton. It could make sense for teams competing with the Bears for a wild-card berth — like the Lions, Falcons, Cowboys and Giants — to put in a claim on Orton just to block him from going to the Bears. But that’s now a moot point: The team that took Orton is a team that desperately needs to improve at the quarterback position in a hurry.

Despite reports that Orton didn’t want to go to the Chiefs, he won’t have much choice: The Chiefs own his rights. Now we’ll see whether he can get things going in Kansas City in time to help them compete for the AFC West — including a big game in Denver in Week 17.

107 responses to “Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

  1. Too bad, the Bears were looking like they would be heading strong into the playoffs. I don’t see Orton with much success in this injured Chiefs offense.

  2. As I said before: If the Chiefs pick up Orton it will prove they are the most delusional people on the face of the earth. The Chiefs are still going to get crushed the rest of the season. Sad to say, but true. Or maybe they could trade Orton to the Bears for a nice draft pick.

    We shall see.

  3. Too bad Von Miller won’t get a shot at him. Broncos have already played their two games against the Chiefs.

  4. Thats bs. As a Denver fan I liked oRton and was glad when they released him becauswe he deserved a chance. He played hard for us. The Chefs (great googly moogly) just screwed him. Theyre going nowhere and they arent going to resign him. If I was Orton I’d go out and start thrwong the ball to the other team just to spite them.

  5. “The Bears will now go with Caleb Hanie until Cutler is healthy.” Dumb statement by a clueless reporter.

    Caleb Hanie IS and WAS ALWAYS going to be starter for Chicago until Cutler is back. They need a vet in case Hanie goes down.

  6. Colts fans should be happy and embarrassed at the same time. It’s been obvious that the fans want the team to lose but now it’s obvious that the management wants the team to lose.

    He may be better than Palko but he’s still not Cassell, still hasn’t practiced, still has a losing record, and still doesn’t have Charles or Moeaki. Sure their passing offense should improve at some point this season but they’re still not making the playoffs or even coming close.

    If anything though it could help them beat the Broncos, which is why I’m happy with this move.

  7. lol The Chiefs are terrible, why even waste the time signing Orton? They aren’t making the playoffs, so why not see what Palko can do for the rest of the season

  8. What has this world come to where a guy like Kyle Orton has the stones to go the “play me or trade me” route?

  9. worked out perfect for us…we get ky (jelly) le o, and caleb somebody ……..dont let up now, step on some throats…go raiders!

  10. “The Bears will now go with Caleb Hanie until Cutler is healthy.”

    — As if they weren’t going to do that anyway? It would have taken Orton a month just to get a grip on that complex offense and new receivers. By then Cutler would have been back. Not even sure he is an improvement over Hanie. All I can say is, the liquor stores in KC better start stocking up on Jack Daniels in a hurry!

  11. Draft pic ploy? As much as a good idea that is I think the chiefs want to keep him because they realize that division is winable under the right circumstances.

  12. Hmmm… suddenly this looks like a really, really bad idea from Elway and the Broncos. If they lose to Orton on New Years, and that costs Denver their chance to win the division…

    …hell, I can’t even think about that, it’s making my ears smoke.

  13. That’s great news.

    Signed , Falcons Lions Cowboys Giants ( and any other NFC team competing for a playoff berth against the bears)

  14. I think what this really says is that with cassel out, maybe they feel they can do better that keeping cassel for next season, chance to evaluate a veteran mid level qb and stick it to a division rival at the same time, i say its a great move for them

  15. snarkzilla | Nov 23, 2011, 2:15 PM MST
    Too bad Von Miller won’t get a shot at him. Broncos have already played their two games against the Chiefs.

    WRONG!! New Year’s Day just got a little more interesting!!! Chefs come to town last game of year!!

  16. As a Raider fan I have to say it’s a good move by KC. As unlikely as it is right now, they are still in the running for the division and had no hope starting Palko. Orton gives them a much better option in a division that will most likely be won with 8-9 wins. It costs them nothing other than the remainder of his contract for this season, so I think it was a good move for them. They could also wind up getting a compensatory pick when he signs with somebody else in FA next year.

  17. For Snarkzilla,

    Check the schedule before you post you moron. The Broncos final game is a home game versus the Chiefs. Von- Doom will get to whoever the Chiefs have at QB.

  18. I think it’s funny that the Broncos have won 8 more games than the Chiefs during the past 4 years and are 6-3 against them……despite….

    3 different head coaches
    3 different GMs
    4 different D-coordinators
    Trading Cutler, Marshall, Hillis, Schefler
    Horrible draft picks…..and
    Tebow as QB

    Man, the Chiefs franchise is a wreck.

  19. Looks like Detroit is the big winner since duh Bears have now officially dropped out of the NFC wildcard race.

  20. Why wouldn’t the Chiefs switch to the rookie Stanzi to see what he has…..they must think they have a chance to win the division?

    HAHAHAHAHAHAAHHAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!

  21. Let’s see how they spin this in KC – they’ve always had a huge Denver complex and they’ll do anything to avoid their fans focussing on the fact that they haven’t won a playoff game in 18 years!

  22. snarkzilla says:
    Nov 23, 2011 4:15 PM
    Too bad Von Miller won’t get a shot at him. Broncos have already played their two games against the Chiefs

    **********************

    Read the schedule, dude. Week 17 in Denver. Do you actually watch football?

  23. I would have loved to have him on the Bears, but KC makes the most sense for him. He can win a permanent job there, the Bears was temporary and Orton could’ve been jobless in six weeks again. Also Orton can help KC beat Denver, but it’s really moot though as neither team is gonna win that division.

    Dallas is idiotic for claiming him. He’d be a very expensive back up.

  24. Too bad Von Miller won’t get a shot at him. Broncos have already played their two games against the Chiefs.

    ——————————-

    They play the Chefs week 17. You’d know that if you and the rest of Denver weren’t dreaming about making sweet love to Tebow.

  25. All this does is help the Chiefs. They have 2 remaining games that this significantly influences. The Bears game and of course the donks. Now of course hand off left or hand off right isn’t a hard offense but it’s not like Orton doesn’t know the ins and outs of the donks blocking schemes. People are saying the Chiefs are out of it yet they are only 2 games out of 1st with 6 to play. It’s not like the AFC West is strong and with winable games with the faiders, donks, Jets, and now potentially the Bears; 8-8 could win it, especially if they sweep the faiders. Sure you can check up losses to Green Bay and more than likely Pitt but KC night games still seem to have some magic so if they could steal the Pitt game, take care of the Jets, catch the Bears injured, faiders and donks suck like the rest of the West, they end up 9-7.

    More realistically 7-9 but it’s not like they threw next years draft away on an average QB… Right Jokland?

  26. Arn’t the chiefs just two games back? Since when did two games back in terrible divisions equall a team not having a chance?

    Anybody but the bolts can win that division ( record wise they are still in it but something is really wrong with them). I mean, you listed the NFC teams but left the eagles off as if they are out of it, they have the easiest schedule of the three teams and hold tie breakers over both teams ahead of them. In I’d be willing to bet if my eagles can get past the pats ( I think they will mostly because of match ups, oddly enough I think the pats are a better team but they don’t match up well with the birds because the pats can’t run and the eagles d is great when they play one dimensional teams) in two weeks the eagles will be tied with the giants ( they will lose on Monday and will get crushed by green bay who will have a long break coming off their first loss to Detroit ) and will be one game behind Dallas who will lose one of the next two most likely tommorow as well. Then this team who is ” out of it will be one game back of a team they beat and play again.

    I think in this nfl season which has been strange you can’t count anyone out. Ask last years packers team

  27. Chiefs were smart to take him for a couple reasons…

    they know that Cassell is a mess and most likely not a long term answer, Orton keeps some legitimacy to the offense and maintains the fan-base and veterans in the locker room…

    …and they get a compensatory pick in next years draft if the guy decides to leave via free agency.

    For a team that had no chance of the playoffs that sure seemed like a safe bet to me for $2.5mm

  28. THANK you Chiefs for grabbing him, i did not want to see 3rd and out going to the bears 🙂 i mean can you imagine a qb who got beat by another who cant pass being picked up by anyone…. THANKS Chiefs

  29. As a Broncos fan I am somewhat torn with this. I have liked Orton since he has been with the Broncos but was disapointed when he refused to redo his deal when the traded him to Miami in the preseason. While I am happy that he didn’t get to go to the Bears, having him get claimed by the Chiefs keeps him in the division.

    I was also disapointed when Cutler went down with an injury, which I never thought I would say. I can’t stand the guy and was really looking forward to the game in December and him being booed for 4 quarters. Now if that happens, it will be with him on the sidelines holding a clipboard.

  30. What happens if Orton reports to the Chiefs but refuses to practice? Would the Chiefs pay him or cut him?

  31. Is tanking a season to get the no. 1 pick against the rules? Is Indy gonna be investigated for this? Come on Rog! You make up rules for everything else! If I was an Indy fan then I would highly pissed.

  32. I guess his only good move is to pray that the injury Gods have eaten enough chiefs for the season….he had to have wanted out of Denver but all things considered at least his health was safe until they cut him loose. Who knows maybe the team and the insurance company will rally around him and the Chiefs can salvage something here…….Good Luck K. O.

  33. I still don’t get why the Bears even put in a claim for him. I mean, they were the 30th slot, and the 49ers and Packers weren’t going to claim him. If he would have fell to them at 30, he could have then gone unclaimed and then had at a bargain price.

    Methinks there is shenanigans going on here, some sort of back-room deal between the Broncos and Bears. Something like, “Hey, cut Orton and we promise to pay his full salary”. Ask the Ravens how deals with the Bears go.

  34. It’s either ultimate payback for Orton v. Broncos in week 17, or he’ll be running for his life from Von Miller and crew.

    I’d be guessing the latter. But he will have good targets in Dwayne Bowe, Steve Breaston and Jonathan Baldwin.

  35. All this does is help the Chiefs. They have 2 remaining games that this significantly influences. The Bears game and of course the donks. Now of course hand off left or hand off right isn’t a hard offense but it’s not like Orton doesn’t know the ins and outs of the donks blocking schemes. People are saying the Chiefs are out of it yet they are only 2 games out of 1st with 6 to play. It’s not like the AFC West is strong and with winable games with the faiders, donks, Jets, and now potentially the Bears; 8-8 could win it, especially if they sweep the faiders. Sure you can check up losses to Green Bay and more than likely Pitt but KC night games still seem to have some magic so if they could steal the Pitt game, take care of the Jets, catch the Bears injured, faiders and donks suck like the rest of the West, they end up 9-7.

    More realistically 7-9 but it’s not like they threw next years draft away on an average QB… Right Jokland?

    ——————————————-

    Jokland seems happy with Palmer. They are 2-1 with him starting without their star RB and he has a 90.86 QB rating as a starter.

  36. As a Bears fan, I liked Kyle when he was here, but Martz was not here when he was. It’s a whole new system now. I can see why Orton would want to come play for a team in the playoff hunt, but not sure how much advantage there would be other than Orton knowing where the locker room is and such.

    However, am I lying to myself that McCown is a better option than Orton? No. I’m hoping McCown won’t play, and Hanie rocks the house.

    Good move by the Chiefs, though. Kyle’s no primadonna. He won’t stand them up. Sure, he talked to Clayton to try to discourage KC from picking him up, but talk is cheap/free. Actually standing up the Chiefs and not reporting would cost him $2.5 million. And probably more than that with the hit his reputation would take.

  37. Veteran, knows the AFC West defenses already, has Dwayne Bowe to throw to. Not a bad thing. Chefs made a good move IMO. And the other 2 QB’s on the roster are first or second year guys. The head scratcher of all this is Dallas putting in a claim. Why?

  38. This is the difference between the Raiders and the Chiefs.

    The Raiders try to win at all costs, while the Chiefs sit on 30 million in cap space.

    Nothing says losing like the Kansas City Cheapskates.

  39. Jokland seems happy with Palmer. They are 2-1 with him starting without their star RB and he has a 90.86 QB rating as a starter.

    I guess if you think “happy” equals wasting a whole year of draft picks for a player that might help you for 1 season, 2 at the most. And get you to the playoffs (finally) only to get blown out when you play some real teams, you’re right.

    As far as playing without their “star RB”. You really think that excuse bodes well with a Chiefs fan? That’s a whinny azz excuse. KC was w/o their “star” RB, S, and TE and destroyed Jokeland 28-0.

  40. ltcpain75 et al, my problem was that I asked a jersey-wearing rabid Broncos fan if they’d played two against the Chiefs yet. He said yes.

  41. Good news for Dwayne Bowe fantasy owners (like myself). He will become the go to guy here and Orton should be able to get him the ball a little (but just a little) further down field than Cassel.

  42. This is the best play KC has made all year. Even if Kyle made the Bears, he wouldnt of changed the fact that the Bears would do what they do best CHOKE. All in all though, love hiw KC has gave the Bear faithfuls something new to whine about.

  43. Let’s see Jets, Broncos.. Maybe Raiders.. That’s 8-8. So if Oakland wins 3 games they take it.. Bears, Dolphins next 2 wks

  44. The Broncos are fighting for the playoffs so they give away their former starting QB to a divisional rival? This does absolutely nothing to help the Broncos and could wind up hurting them.

    So why would Elway allow this move now? It doesn’t add up.

  45. Kyle,
    Enjoy working for Haley …. sheeeeesh! Only a few more games until free(dom) agency, though. But great if you get to tweak the Broncos in your last game!

  46. We’ll see what he can do. He’s definitely more suited to KC’s personnel. The Chiefs have guys who are designed to physically win battles down the field in Bowe and Baldwin. Cassel can’t get the ball there. I don’t think Orton is any kind of long term answer, but color me a bit curious. This is a ‘nothing to lose’ move for the Chiefs. Just wish he had a running game to make it more of an honest look.

  47. rboyett says:Nov 23, 2011 4:28 PM
    “It would be funny if he knocked the Broncos out of contention when they play each other on week 17..”

    That’ll be Poetic Justice, CAn’t WAIT!

  48. Bad move for the Chiefs, good move for Orton. He will get them another win or two and that will only move them down in the draft positioning. He will get to audition for another team for next year while making $2.5 million!

  49. DUMB DUMB DUMB…..trade deadline long gone…and Broncos / Chefs only played once. meet again New Years. Bad opinions are one thing but good golly….wake up.. I wonder if Kyle has realized he has to go up against Green Bay again with an even worse o-line in front of him than he had earlier in the season. Nice guy, just didn’t fit here with such a young line and not a great running game. Good luck to you, except for twice a year. GO BRONCOS!!!

  50. Raiders fade down the stretch,
    Chargers keep being the Chargers,
    Chiefs hand division title to Broncos on Jan. 1st.

    And I finally get to say… wait for it…wait for it…
    THANK YOU KYLE ORTON !!!

  51. The next person who says signing Orton is a bad move because we could win and lose draft position is getting the back of my hand. Two points I’ll make.

    One, YOU CAN TRADE UP. The job is to win games, and Orton helps do that. The job in the draft is to target someone you want, and if necessary, go get them. Pioli comes from New England, and I’m sure he’s not afraid to move around in the draft to fill the needs. So please, enough of that.

    Two, the Chiefs have had much more luck picking in the mid to late section of the 1st round anyways. Our top 10 picks in recent memory… Glenn Dorsey, Tyson Jackson, Ryan Sims, Eric Berry. Mid to late round picks… Dwayne Bowe, Larrry Johnson, Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson, Jonathan Baldwin.

    Tell me again why it’s just SO important that we have a top 5 pick again?

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