The Chiefs and Bears weren’t the only two teams that tried to add Kyle Orton off of waivers from the Broncos.
Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports that the Cowboys also put in a bid on the quarterback. While the Cowboys obviously don’t need a starting quarterback, there are a couple of reasons why the team would have interest in Orton.
The first is practical. Jon Kitna missed last week’s game with the Redskins because of a back injury and he’ll be out again on Thursday. If he doesn’t get better soon, the team will likely have to place him on injured reserve, so Orton would be a safer insurance policy for Tony Romo than Stephen McGee.
Reason number two is to simply block the Bears. There’s a decent chance that Dallas and Chicago will find themselves fighting for a Wild Card spot near the end of the season and claiming Orton for themselves would be one way to improve their chances at making it to the postseason. Orton has $2.5 million left on his salary, but you get the feeling that Jerry Jones would be happy to pay that if it improved the team’s chances of making the playoffs by the smallest of margins.
The reason is moot now, although it’s clear that Orton’s availability provoked one of the more spirited waiver battles in some time.