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Orton may try to discourage Chiefs from claiming him

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A number of teams could place a claim on Kyle Orton by 4 p.m. ET Wednesday, but most of the focus remains on the Bears and Chiefs.

Multiple Chicago reports say the Bears will claim Orton.  But will he get there?

ESPN’s John Clayton said on SportsCenter Wednesday that Orton is “trying to get word out” that he may not report to the Chiefs if Kansas City claims him.

(Presumably, part of getting the word out is telling Clayton to go on ESPN to talk about it.)

A report by said earlier Thursday that the Chiefs are “considering” placing a claim on Orton, which is no surprise. It’s clear Orton wants to play for the Bears.  That’s why he pushed for his release.

We’d like to thank the Broncos and Orton for spicing up an otherwise quiet Wednesday.

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  1. joetoronto says: Nov 23, 2011 12:56 PM

    It seems to me that the “winner” in the Orton sweepstakes will actually be the loser.

    All that money for a backup QB who can’t win and pads his stats in garbage time.

  2. jimmylions says: Nov 23, 2011 12:56 PM

    The fact that the Colts aren’t interested shows that the Suck for Luck strategy is fully operational.

  3. trbowman says: Nov 23, 2011 12:56 PM

    Good, I want Palko to get an extended opportunity.

  4. sterilizecromartie says: Nov 23, 2011 12:56 PM

    Beggars can’t be choosers.

  5. test2402 says: Nov 23, 2011 12:57 PM

    Can you imagine Tim Tebow on HGH? I’m filling up a little just thinking about it.

  6. i3addog says: Nov 23, 2011 12:57 PM

    So he’d give away 2.5 million by not reporting ? OH please KC, claim his sorry butt.

  7. edmazeing1 says: Nov 23, 2011 12:58 PM

    I hate K.C being as I am a Raider for life, but if Orton does block a team from getting him, he should be force to play the rest of the year for free in chicago!!!

  8. skinsrock says: Nov 23, 2011 12:58 PM

    So, he thinks he can control his destiny, eh? I don’t see that happening… There are a lot of teams, especially the Lions that would have every good reason to pick Orton up… This is a competitive business & If I’m in the mix for the playoffs, there is no way I let the Texans or Chicago pick him up.

  9. snarkzilla says: Nov 23, 2011 12:58 PM

    First prize: Nothing
    Second prize: QB job with the Chiefs.

  10. beavertonsteve says: Nov 23, 2011 12:58 PM

    Dear Chiefs. Now I REALLY want you to claim him.

    Dear Mr Orton, How are your handball skills?

  11. tigeralum2010 says: Nov 23, 2011 12:58 PM

    “We’d like to thank the Broncos and Orton for spicing up an otherwise quiet Wednesday.”

    Where’s the spice?

    The cheap Chiefs aren’t paying Orton $2.5 million for the last 6 games of the season when they aren’t in contention for anything other than a top 10 pick.

    On the plus side for you, though, I didn’t notice any huge grammatical/spelling errors in your post. Nice work!

  12. xliontamer says: Nov 23, 2011 12:59 PM

    This isn’t baseball, Kyle. I hope someone claims him before the Bears.

  13. beardown4me says: Nov 23, 2011 1:01 PM

    he wouldn’t report! Out of contract after the season! Hmmm! Sounds like a plan to me! More drama. Hey who got the better deal on this trade three years ago? DA BEARS!!

  14. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Nov 23, 2011 1:01 PM

    Is that legal (by the rules)? That just sounds a bit eff’d up to me.

    Who comes up with this crap?

    Happy Turkey Day!

  15. derfshambeaux says: Nov 23, 2011 1:02 PM

    Cavortin’ Kyle Orton will be taking his talents and neckbeard to south beach.

  16. capslockkey says: Nov 23, 2011 1:03 PM

    Hell, if he refuses to play, I’d be even MORE likely to claim the guy. Essentially you don’t have to pay him anything, and you end up with a free compensatory pick in the draft after he signs with a new team next year.

  17. marvsleezy says: Nov 23, 2011 1:04 PM

    Id claim him and let him sit (call his bluff) – No one in the league owes anything to Chicago – They are the competition.

  18. tjg25 says: Nov 23, 2011 1:04 PM

    I’d expect nothing less douchey from this loser.

  19. physiodoc2be says: Nov 23, 2011 1:04 PM

    Claim him anyway. If he doesn’t report, you still own his rights. Then trade him during the offseason to a team looking for a back-up. Or he’ll come to his senses, show up and collect his 2.5 million bones instead of whining about returning to the team that traded him away to get a starter at his position.

  20. kwgator says: Nov 23, 2011 1:05 PM

    Dude is 1-4 with an INT problem. Orton should feel lucky he is in the NFL

  21. craiggebz says: Nov 23, 2011 1:05 PM

    Bears or a Bottle of Jack

  22. comeonnowguys says: Nov 23, 2011 1:06 PM

    I heard Todd Haley has an anti-facial hair policy in KC.

    It would never work.

  23. icanspeel says: Nov 23, 2011 1:06 PM

    It is interesting because the 2 teams play soon. Chiefs can decide if they have a better chance with Orton on their team or on the Bears

  24. jpb12 says: Nov 23, 2011 1:08 PM

    Someone should tell him he’s not a free agent

  25. sundog05 says: Nov 23, 2011 1:09 PM

    Go Tebow!

  26. rusure71 says: Nov 23, 2011 1:09 PM

    He gets cut by Denver and now he thinks he’s a diva!

  27. sullijo1 says: Nov 23, 2011 1:11 PM

    Would you want to go to Kansas City in the Winter? Can’t blame the guy.

    Classy move by the Broncos to give this guy a chance to play somewhere this year.

  28. animal30 says: Nov 23, 2011 1:12 PM

    I understand why he wants to play for Chicago now that they are 7-3. What doesnt make sense to me is that he has a better opportunity to take over quarterback for the chiefs long term if they let cassel go. He could be a starter for a 2-3 seasons while they groom a qb of the future.

  29. sullijo1 says: Nov 23, 2011 1:12 PM

    Can’t trade him in the off season – his contract expires at the end of this year. He is a free agent at that point.

  30. packattack1967 says: Nov 23, 2011 1:13 PM

    John Clayton says “also too” a lot.

  31. lilrob10201 says: Nov 23, 2011 1:15 PM

    Texans need to claim him.Even though they picked up some no name from the Jets doesent mean that he will cut it.What if Matt Leiner doesent turn out to be a good QB for us.Then what will happen to the playoff hopes ?I think Orton could take them more deeper into the playoffs then Leiner.

  32. DonRSD says: Nov 23, 2011 1:17 PM

    Let the Ravens pick him up to screw Chicago.
    Anyone remember how Chicago screwed the Ravens in this years draft!!??

  33. djdvd says: Nov 23, 2011 1:17 PM

    This just in beggars can be choosers. This perpetual loser now thinks he should dictate where he goes in the NFL? What a joke. I hope whatever team gets him really enjoys his stay since they won’t be seeing wins.

  34. tedmurph says: Nov 23, 2011 1:23 PM

    This whole thing is BS. They shouldn’t just be able to shuttle Orton to the Bears to salvage their season because Cutler went down. That’s not what waivers were designed for and it’s why the NFL trade deadline is so early in the season. If I were the Lions, Cowboys or Falcons I would claim him just for spite, if he gets that far.

  35. mt99808 says: Nov 23, 2011 1:24 PM

    I would hope the Lions would grab him and set him up as QB3 behind Hill. He wouldn’t report, Lions would be off the hook for the $2.5 mil, get the compensatory pick and it would add to the Lions’ growing list of haters.

  36. gavinmac says: Nov 23, 2011 1:26 PM

    KC plays at Chicago on December 4. If they claim him and he refuses to report, they will at least keep him away from the Bears.

    The Chiefs should just claim him, pay him for a week, then release him a few days before the Chicago game when it’s too late for him to start that game for the Bears.

  37. steelbydesign says: Nov 23, 2011 1:26 PM

    The fact that the Colts aren’t interested shows that the Suck for Luck strategy is fully operational.


    Why does everyone keep saying that? What would be the point? Even if Luck wasn’t going to be the #1 pick, why would Indy pay Orton at this point to come in and maybe win them 1-2 games?

  38. warvette says: Nov 23, 2011 1:27 PM

    isn’t this collusion?

  39. dasmol says: Nov 23, 2011 1:33 PM

    How’s he going to discourage them, show them his game film?

  40. rexismybff says: Nov 23, 2011 1:33 PM

    Suddenly I find myself hoping he gets his wish, so we can all watch him flame out and flush the Bears’ playoff hopes down the drain.

    If he’s going to act like this, he deserves his deer-in-the-headlights moment of abject failure.

  41. screenpass says: Nov 23, 2011 1:35 PM

    I love the idea that KYLE ORTON would think he has accomplished enough in this league to throw out a “I won’t report” threat.

    Do neck beards cut off circulation over time?

  42. tarquinfintimlinbin says: Nov 23, 2011 1:37 PM

    As a Chiefs fan, I don’t want him. But now… I hope KC claims him so he can sit and cry for the rest of the season.

  43. uscthom78 says: Nov 23, 2011 1:38 PM

    beggars can’t be choosers.

  44. duhbears says: Nov 23, 2011 1:41 PM

    Orton would not be starting for DaaBears. He would be the backup.

  45. wrossi81 says: Nov 23, 2011 1:42 PM

    You’re not going to be able to work a new starting quarterback into a season that’s already circling the drain in KC, much less one that is lost beyond all hope in Indy, and Orton is an overpriced backup for 6 weeks. Presumably Chicago still has an offense he could run, anybody else would be wasting money to claim him.

  46. realdeal12 says: Nov 23, 2011 1:42 PM

    hey Kyle you are one little fishie in a BIG pond. You don’t make the rules.
    If a team claims him he should be forced to report. I don’t like that players think they have all this power when the teams are the ones who write the checks.

  47. ffjesus says: Nov 23, 2011 1:46 PM


  48. blogatron2000 says: Nov 23, 2011 1:48 PM

    It is ridiculous the way people believe everything spouted by these talking heads. Everything is media speculation at this point. How about just not buying into it? That is an option, you know…

    If Orton and his agent actually sought his release while banking that he would slide all the way to the Bears on the waiver wire, they are idiots. They have to reasonably expect 1 of the 29 teams above the Bears to make a claim.

    He’s not a free agent so he can’t pick and choose where he goes. Sitting out the rest of the season and foregoing the salary would be an incredibly bad career move.

    Orton wants to play and prove he deserves to play so he’s going to report to whoever claims him.

  49. klunge says: Nov 23, 2011 1:49 PM

    I’m all for the Leos claiming him to spite the Bears, but for one I don’t think they have cap room this season even for 2.5M, and they’d have to cut a depth player at another position to fit him in. No thanks, let some team that actually needs a QB (except Chicago) get him. And I say that truthfully less out of spite for the Bears and more out of wanting to see Orton suffer for trying to force his way past the rules to get to a certain team. Principles, man…get those, they will get you through life successfully.

  50. trollhammer20 says: Nov 23, 2011 1:53 PM

    As a Seahawks fan, I recall Orton’s name being kicked around as someone we might trade for this past offseason.

    Tavaris Jackson keeps looking better and better.

  51. dukemarc says: Nov 23, 2011 1:53 PM

    Ok, so if he doesn’t report then the Chiefs don’t pay him and he sits out until he decides to report. Do the Chiefs have to leave a roster spot open while they wait?

  52. phinfan says: Nov 23, 2011 2:00 PM

    This would be interesting if a team claims him just to stab another team from making the deal. Good teams that lost their starting QB that were playoff bound example: Houston, Chicago. If teams like Titans, or Detriot could claim him to shore up the chance Either of those teams make more wins using Orton to shore up a wildcard slot. It would be beneficial – I’d do the deal in a heartbeat just to screw other teams. There are plenty of teams on that list… not just Detriot and Titans. I’m only using those examples of WC possibilities. Other teams could use him that are on the fence like Jets/Bills – KC is only 2 wins off of .500 – this can get hairy… I’d laugh if someone in the NFC blocks him from going to Chicago.

  53. august589 says: Nov 23, 2011 2:04 PM

    What’s he trying to do undermine his career the same way he blew up the potential trade to Miami in August? The only way he makes it to the Bears is if no one else claims him. I can see at least four teams claiming him–or at least thinking seriously about it. Bears won’t get him; Chiefs might. Shoot, could be the Redskins where he can renew his acquaintance with Rex Grossman.

  54. edavidberg says: Nov 23, 2011 2:05 PM

    Orton’s threat is not an empty one. He will be behind as far as the offense goes, and it could take a couple weeks for him to learn enough to play. If he doesn’t want to cooperate he would be worthless. He could also stall and report at a later date forcing them to pay him and drop a player but then not being ready to play.

    Also . . . roster spots are valuable in the NFL. If Detroit signs Orton they need to cut somebody. I don’t think they’re going to cut Shaun Hill or Drew Stanton, and I don’t think they’re going to carry 4 QBs.

    As a Bears fan I’m concerned KC is going to claim him, and I’m concerned the Texans may try, but aside from those two teams it doesn’t make sense for anyone else to. If you already suck and aren’t making the playoffs, and he doesn’t want to play for you, why bother, just potentially sign him in the off season.

  55. capslockkey says: Nov 23, 2011 2:06 PM

    Presumably Chicago still has an offense he could run, anybody else would be wasting money to claim him.Eh no. Chicago’s offense is completely different than when he was there.

  56. snarkzilla says: Nov 23, 2011 2:11 PM

    Is it just me? Or does anybody else find it funny to read derogatory comments from people sitting at computers about a guy who can opt into $2.5 million for playing a game?

  57. cowhawkfan says: Nov 23, 2011 2:12 PM

    @Trollhammer…r u kidding? I’d take Orton, as bad as he is, over Jacked Up Jackson any day. Heck, I’d take pretty much any sQB in the league before Jackson. Until Carroll and the GM are gone we Seattle fans are screwed!!!

  58. bullpuppy552 says: Nov 23, 2011 2:17 PM

    Orton is a mere mediocre QB when he’s at his best. He needs to be holding a clipboard with some bottom feeder team. That’s all he’s worth.

  59. dublindemonszfl says: Nov 23, 2011 2:18 PM

    Bears offense is completely different since he was traded, he could not come in and start. He’ll be a backup, where ever he ends up then a FA. Why is Denver interested in helping any other team? Hey Elway “c’mon man”

  60. mycrackie says: Nov 23, 2011 2:43 PM

    Tebow is a turd, wait till he meets a Hollywood chick and takes him for a ride!!!!!

  61. trollhammer20 says: Nov 23, 2011 2:45 PM


    I’m dead serious. To get Orton before the season, we’d have had to offer a trade package and pay his enormous salary. Basically, we would have had to commit the long-term fortunes of our franchise to a guy who couldn’t beat out Tim Tebow.

    We got Jackson at a net cost of zero draft picks, and four million a year, which is a lot compared to what I make, but pretty cheap for a QB who’s getting a two-year look.

    Guess you’re a Carroll hater, but take a look at the defense he and Schneider are putting together and tell me he doesn’t have an eye for talent, or truly want to win.

  62. rabidbillsfan says: Nov 23, 2011 2:50 PM

    So please tell me how any teams GM would explain this to the owner. We are going to claim a QB so he doesn’t make it to a competeing team, even though we have a starting QB, and then we have to pay him $2.5 Mil. Yea, that should go over real well…

  63. stoney18 says: Nov 23, 2011 3:16 PM

    Yoiks! Can you imagine playing for Haley??

  64. Wilie Beamon says: Nov 23, 2011 3:17 PM

    I dont buy it Claytons claims make no sense . Wouldnt the Chiefs be able to at least talk to his agent and gauge his interest anyway ?

    Why would he have to put the word out and why would he call Clayton to do it ?

  65. rarson says: Nov 23, 2011 3:52 PM

    The decision to pass on Orton has nothing to do with “Suck for Luck”, primarily because nobody (including the Colts) is stupid enough to purposefully suck for a chance to use a first-round pick on a guy that might not even enter the draft next year and could choose to play for a different team even IF he did.

    The Colts are passing on Orton because HE sucks. Or at least he has with Denver thus far this year. If he can’t win with Denver (and Tebow can), what makes anyone think that it’s a sane idea for Indianapolis to make a move for him?

    Also, I agree with stoney18, it’s gotta suck playing for a nutjob like Haley.

  66. kevpft says: Nov 23, 2011 4:05 PM

    Okay, all you wiseguys bagging on Orton, a question:

    If you had any say in the matter, how many of you would choose to play for the Chiefs over the Bears?

    Yeah, I think that just about takes care of that.

  67. ihatesocal says: Nov 23, 2011 4:06 PM


    Have fun behind the 49ers for the next ten years.

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