The Denver Broncos solidified their quarterback position by extending the contract of incumbent starter Kyle Orton one year, through 2011. Orton was playing this season on a one year tender he signed as a restricted free agent - a casualty of the uncapped season. Many thought the Broncos were planning for the future when they traded for QB Brady Quinn of the Browns, then drafted QB Tim Tebow from Florida, a future that could start as soon as 2011.
Orton has had a solid Training Camp, however, while Quinn has struggled. While the Broncos are excited about Tebow's prospects, it is obvious that the team's best chance to win, and win now, is with Kyle Orton at the helm. By getting the deal done now, the Broncos are assuring themselves some cost certainty in the likely event that Orton has a huge season.
"I am excited to announce that we have agreed on an extension of Kyle Orton's contract," Head Coach Josh McDaniels said. "His leadership and knowledge of the offense have enabled him to have a solid offseason and training camp, and we are collectively looking forward to the 2010 season."
A sixth-year pro, Orton joined the Broncos in 2009 after spending his first four NFL seasons with Chicago. He set career highs in nearly every passing category with the Broncos, including 3,802 passing yards that marked the 12th most in NFL history by a player in his first year with a team.
"I really enjoy playing for the Denver Broncos as well as being part of this organization and this community," Orton said. "This is the place that my wife and I definitely want to be.
"Considering the labor environment, I'm aware of how difficult it was to get this deal done and am extremely appreciative of all of the hard work and support from Brian Xanders and Coach McDaniels during this process. I'm eager to get this season started and will do whatever I can to help this team be successful."