The NFL trade deadline comes on Tuesday, Oct. 18, but don't expect the Denver Broncos to move Kyle Orton, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter on SportsCenter (via Rotoworld). Schefter believes a trade is unlikely because no team will want to take on a contact that has a base salary of $7.379 million for this season and pay the remainder of it.
Incidentally, the Broncos are playing the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 23, a team that looked primed to make a trade for Orton before all the sides failed to work out draft pick compensation and a new contract. Instead, the Dolphins went with Chad Henne, who is now out for the season with a shoulder injury. Matt Moore is the starter there for now.
Now the Broncos are left with a few options on Kyle Orton: they can release him, they can install him as the backup or they could push him behind Brady Quinn on the depth chart. If John Fox isn't beholden to Tim Tebow for the rest of the season, playing Quinn would be a better option than putting Orton back in.
Denver Broncos head coach has named Tim Tebow the team's starting quarterback, according to reports from ESPN and Fox Sports' Jay Glazer. This move comes just two days after Tebow relieved Kyle Orton at the start of the second half of their game against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday afternoon. Tebow brought the Broncos to within two points of the Chargers, 26-24, but he and the team ultimately fell, 29-24.
The Broncos are off this week and only have two days to practice, Tuesday and Wednesday. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, players are off for four straight days during their bye week. So from Thursday through Sunday, there will be no organized practices. Tebow won't get his first real week of practice until Monday.
On Oct. 23, the Brocos head to Florida to face the Miami Dolphins in a game that will celebrate Tim Tebow's national championship victory with the Florida Gators.
"There'd be a strong likelihood we'll address that (QB situation) tomorrow."
The players are off on Monday, and the team wants to inform the players of the decision before announcing it to the media. That announcement will likely come before the team practices on Tuesday, allowing the starter to get all the first-team reps. With the bye this week, the team will just practice on Tuesday and Wednesday before taking off Thursday through Sunday, per the new NFL CBA rules.
The Denver Broncos don't play again until Oct. 23 when they visit the Miami Dolphins. Head coach John Fox didn't mention who he would start in that game or for the rest of the season, but it would be a major upset if Kyle Orton remained the team's starter. Mike Klis of the Denver Post believes Fox will take Columbus Day and then announce that Tim Tebow is his starting quarterback on Tuesday.
It doesn't serve much purpose for Fox to wait on making this move. If Tebow is to be the starter, he clearly needs to start taking all the first-team snaps as soon as possible. A two-week process should be able to coach up to an acceptable standard, having had only second- and third-team reps during training camp and in-season practices.
Now the Denver Broncos have a chance to finally settle on Tim Tebow's future as a Bronco.
Denver Broncos head coach John Fox has two weeks to decide who his starting quarterback will be against the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 23. After weeks of being adamant that Kyle Orton gave the Broncos the best chance to win, he changed course during halftime against the San Diego Chargers and inserted Tim Tebow into the lineup. While the Broncos lost, 29-24, Tebow did provide a spark that Orton had been unable to in previous weeks.
However, after the game comments from Fox reveal, at least publicly, that the coach has not settled on his starting quarterback going forward. Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post reports that Fox said, "It will all be up for discussion." As for when he will decide who will start, Fox gave a curt reply (via the Denver Post): "Kind of when we decide [...]." Fans, don't rush Fox to a decision, but he will likely take the bye week before announcing his starting quarterback.