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Clearing the air on Orton’s contract

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After the Broncos abruptly cut quarterback Kyle Orton on Tuesday, numerous reports emerged that Orton has a remaining salary of $2.5 million, which translates to a full-season base salary of $7 million in 2011.

But that number simply isn’t accurate.

Per NFLPA records, as confirmed by a league source, Orton’s base salary for 2011 was $4.5 million.  With 11 checks paid and six to go, Orton is due to earn an additional $1.588 million.

Orton also received a roster bonus from the Broncos of $1.5 million after the lockout ended.

Since the Chiefs claimed Orton’s contract via waivers, the Broncos won’t have to pay him another dime.  For the Chiefs, who as of Sunday had $27.4 million in cap space, $1.588 million represents a small price to pay for an upgrade over Tyler Palko.  Then, if/when Orton leaves via free agency in March 2012, the Chiefs could end up with a compensatory draft pick in 2013.

Some have dismissed that motivation, pointing out that the convoluted formula for determining compensatory picks would translate to a mere sixth-round selection.

You know, like Tom Brady was.

UPDATE 12:15 p.m. ET 11/24/11:  Orton also received a salary advance of $2.879 million from the Broncos.  He already has received that money, and as a league source has explained, it the Chiefs will be refunding the Broncos at a rate of $169,000 per week, for a total of $1.01 million.  Orton’s pay for the rest of the year continues to be $1.588 million.

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28 Responses to “Clearing the air on Orton’s contract”
  1. dolphins4 says: Nov 23, 2011 8:38 PM

    The colts didn’t put in a claim for Orton because their doing everything possible to get Andrew Luck in next years draft.

  2. gadgetdawg says: Nov 23, 2011 8:44 PM

    I’m sure the Colts are just convinced that Painter is the better QB right? ;)

  3. profootballwalk says: Nov 23, 2011 9:21 PM

    Polian is a Man with a Plan.

  4. dave1961 says: Nov 23, 2011 9:22 PM

    Now for those people who claim the NFL is just a prearranged affair like the WWF… more proof that NFL stinks the whole high heaven. All the games be decided mostly in the last 2 mins….Teams giving their rivals in the division a starting qb…. Congress needs to investigate a corrupt league that Vegas makes billions on… John Fox and John Elway should be fired immediately for slapping their own fans in the face…. Stop paying these rich 32 corrupt owners in the NFL POTSY SCHEME all the way.

  5. dave1961 says: Nov 23, 2011 9:24 PM

    Keep Tebow Fire Fox and fire Elway (horseteeth)

  6. blackqbwhiterb says: Nov 23, 2011 9:31 PM

    Like Spurrier said when Washington signed Danny Wuerffel and Shane Matthews-”They were cheap and available.”

  7. marilynpost says: Nov 23, 2011 9:32 PM

    I do not know the facts but it is said Kyle Orton is exceptionally intelligent; I expect Orton will make the most of the Chiefs opprotunity and make Broncos wish they had kept him. Won’t be that hard since Tebow’s confusion overing his gaming position leaves him open to serious injuries from defensive beasts who weigh over 300 lbs and just need to hurt him as Tebow tries to run with the football. The Ravens have at least one player willing to help Tebow with his health long term. Orton will do ok with Chiefs.

  8. raiderapologist says: Nov 23, 2011 9:35 PM

    Kyle Orton is not, you know, Tom Brady. Everyone mocked Hugh Jackson for overpaying for Palmer earlier this year, but now that it is almost December, teams with little depth and few choices are scrambling for the Ortons and McCowns of the quarterback world. If Jason Campbell was healthy he would a better choice than Orton, McCown, Fitzpatrick, Palko, Sanchez, or Cassel. Michael Bush is a better running back than any starter on any of those teams that isn’t on IR.

  9. gosuhgo says: Nov 23, 2011 9:38 PM

    Potsy scheme?? Like the guy from Happy Days??

  10. snarkzilla says: Nov 23, 2011 9:40 PM

    >POTSY SCHEME

    ROFL!!!

    >Keep Tebow Fire Fox and fire Elway (horseteeth)

    Good plan. Because they’re conspiring to make him throw wounded duck wobblers. And you’ll be the GM, right?

    Whew. That’s entertainment.

  11. denverdave3 says: Nov 23, 2011 9:46 PM

    Elway and Fox continue to impress. Orton asked to be released so he had a chance to play in Chicago and they cut him loose. They save some money for the boss and unload a player that had no future on this team.

    It’s great to have somebody running the show who knows what they are doing.

  12. arrows80 says: Nov 23, 2011 9:53 PM

    Why would the Colts pick up Orton? So they can win 2 games instead of 1 or none? Look, maybe the Colts would have picked up Orton if the Broncos had waived him in October; perhaps then, Orton could have made a difference in their season.

  13. jjbadd says: Nov 23, 2011 10:05 PM

    I don’t know what all the fuss is about? Orton was 1-5 this yr, & 6 -10 last yr. If the Colts win out, they still probably get 1st pick! Also, heres a news flash: Orton isn’t the upgrade everyone thinks. He is average at best, but AWFUL in the redzone. Im a Broncos fan that has watched him the last few seasons. Trust me on this, Orton won’t ever be an elite qb, ever!

  14. earthtopft says: Nov 23, 2011 10:05 PM

    Well, I don’t know if you cleared the air, PFT, but at least we got to wave hello to the members of Orton’s immediate family.

  15. raider23mike says: Nov 23, 2011 10:32 PM

    Why? Chiefs ain’t going anywhere.. Jets, Broncos,and let’s say Raiders.. That’s 3 wins 7-9 .. All Oakland has to do is beat Bears, Dolphins the next 2 wks. And then atleast one more team : Packers(possible) Lions, Chiefs, Chargers.. And they get the West

  16. denverhighrize says: Nov 23, 2011 10:36 PM

    Hello Kyle here. You may remember me for my two previously failed TV episodes. “Starting QB Chicago” and “Starting QB Denver”. Be sure to check out my new series call “Starting QB Kansas City”

  17. sinuoussausage says: Nov 23, 2011 10:43 PM

    Watching Kyle Orton play a football game is like watching a punctured tire deflate: as time goes on, there’s nothing but lethargic steering and muted response.

  18. drevilstolemymojito says: Nov 23, 2011 11:09 PM

    Another young body for the Chiefs in the draft or perhaps a trade for Orton, gaining draft picks or a talented player next year, means this was a smart move for KC.

  19. tatum064 says: Nov 23, 2011 11:11 PM

    “denverdave3 says:
    Nov 23, 2011 9:46 PM
    Elway and Fox continue to impress. Orton asked to be released so he had a chance to play in Chicago and they cut him loose. They save some money for the boss and unload a player that had no future on this team.

    It’s great to have somebody running the show who knows what they are doing.”
    ================================
    Trust me, Orton’s revenge has already been set in motion…and believe me, just like the Wildcat, the read option will be done, by mid 2013 – you may even squeeze a wild card out of it.

    Never underestimate a bitter ex-QB – that KC game will be a DOOZY.

  20. bigbeefyd says: Nov 23, 2011 11:11 PM

    raider23mike says:
    Nov 23, 2011 10:32 PM
    Why? Chiefs ain’t going anywhere.. Jets, Broncos,and let’s say Raiders.. That’s 3 wins 7-9 .. All Oakland has to do is beat Bears, Dolphins the next 2 wks. And then atleast one more team : Packers(possible) Lions, Chiefs, Chargers.. And they get the West

    *****************
    Dude, Packers isn’t possible. Your boys will get rolled by then just like my Broncos did. And look out for the ‘Phins…they are looking kinda scary the past 3 weeks. Basically, don’t count the chickens before the eggs are hatched (I say that from the point of view of a guy that knew, with absolute certainty, that the Broncos would SURELY win one of their last 3 games in ’08 and make the playoffs…um, nope).

  21. asublimeday says: Nov 23, 2011 11:24 PM

    Yep, the value of 6th round picks should ALWAYS be equated to Brady. SMH.

  22. TheWizard says: Nov 24, 2011 2:40 AM

    27 mil under the cap = we have no intention of trying to compete.

    Cassel must love that.

  23. TheWizard says: Nov 24, 2011 2:45 AM

    and make Broncos wish they had kept him

    Based on his record while quarterbacking this team, why on Earth would you think this is a logical statement?

  24. damko12 says: Nov 24, 2011 3:24 AM

    Best part of this story is the last two words

  25. jerruhjones21 says: Nov 24, 2011 3:30 AM

    dave1961 says:Nov 23, 2011 9:22 PM

    NFL POTSY SCHEME

    ————————————–

    I am not sure what that is but it sounds bad…

    /sarcasm

  26. bigjim50010 says: Nov 24, 2011 6:19 AM

    dave1961 says:
    Nov 23, 2011 9:22 PM
    Now for those people who claim the NFL is just a prearranged affair like the WWF… more proof that NFL stinks the whole high heaven. All the games be decided mostly in the last 2 mins….Teams giving their rivals in the division a starting qb…. Congress needs to investigate a corrupt league that Vegas makes billions on… John Fox and John Elway should be fired immediately for slapping their own fans in the face…. Stop paying these rich 32 corrupt owners in the NFL POTSY SCHEME all the way.

    its PONZI…. ya dimbulb…

    unless you mean its some sort of scheme in which the individual shoots a free throw over the backboard…..

  27. vikescry1 says: Nov 24, 2011 10:07 AM

    Awwwww bears didn’t get orton? Well brett favre is stil on the tractor???? Lmao

  28. commandercornpone says: Nov 24, 2011 11:13 AM

    Campbell had a 6-2 first half one year in wash. the rest was forgettable.

    collins got them to the playoffs, not campbell.

    he isnt a difference maker. he isnt better than orton, fitzpatrick, sanchez or cassel. if he doesnt have a big running game, he cant do jack.

    mccown outplayed warner when they were both in az but that was a long time ago and he hasnt started anywhere else lately. hard to tell.

    palko, to be polite, is a work in progress. he isnt a starter.

    thanx, and keep playing.

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