DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 09: Kyle Orton #8 of the Denver Broncos looks to pass against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 9, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Kyle Orton Awarded To The Kansas City Chiefs

The Denver Broncos waived quarterback Kyle Orton, who was awarded off waivers to the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Kyle Orton Reports To Kansas City Chiefs, Could Reportedly Be Active Against Pittsburgh Steelers

For anyone wondering if Kyle Orton would actually report to the Kansas City Chiefs, that question was put to rest on Friday afternoon. He reported to Kansas City's facilities on Friday afternoon. But don't expect a quick turnaround for the former Denver Broncos quarterback.

Tyler Palko will start Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, his second career start. Orton could be activated, according to the above Associated Press story, but likely as the team's third-string quarterback. However, Orton will get the chance to overtake Palko as the starting quarterback after this weekend's game.

Chances are good that Orton will become the team's starting quarterback, putting him in line to start the season finale against the Denver Broncos on Jan. 1, 2012. That certainly will be the big storyline for the game, especially if either team is in a position to take either the division title or a Wild Card spot.

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Kyle Orton Awarded To Kansas City Chiefs

The NFL awarded off waivers quarterback Kyle Orton to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Denver Broncos released Orton on waivers on Tuesday afternoon after they thought it was the best thing to do. Orton and his agent had approached the Broncos about being released after Jay Cutler broke his thumb on Sunday. His preferred destination had been the Bears, the team that drafted him in 2005.

However, the Chiefs had a better waiver claim after going to 4-6 this week with a loss to the New England Patriots. The Chiefs were in a position to grab Orton because quarterback Matt Cassel had incurred a hand injury in a loss to the Broncos two weeks ago. Tyler Palko started in Cassel's place on Monday, but he was merely adequate, if that.

Orton had reportedly been telling the Chiefs to not put a claim in on him. Will Orton report to the Chiefs?

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Kyle Orton Rumors: QB Discouraging Kansas City Chiefs From Waiver Claim, According To Report

The Denver Broncos might have a penchant for discarding quarterbacks who would prefer to play elsewhere, but at least Kyle Orton has the good sense to avoid the division rival Kansas City ChiefsAccording to NBC's Pro Football Talk, via ESPN's John Clayton, Orton is reportedly doing his best to make sure the Chiefs don't try to claim him before the NFL's 4 p.m. EST deadline. He has insinuated that he may not report to Kansas City if claimed, which is because he would much prefer to land with his former team, the Chicago Bears.  

After Jay Cutler injured his in thumb in last week's game for the Bears, Orton's agent made the push for his client's release. The Chiefs are likely desperate to get an accomplished QB to start ahead of backup Tyler Palko, but Orton has other plans, which is good for Broncos fans. With the waiver claim deadline looming later on Wednesday, there should be a resolution to this whole drama in the very near future. 

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Kyle Orton Rumors: Kansas City Chiefs Pondering Waiver Claim On Waived QB, According To Report

One day after the Denver Broncos released Kyle Orton, the waiver process is in full swing for the rest of the league to pick up the quarterback. It appears that the Kansas City Chiefs are thinking about putting in a waiver claim for him, reports NFL.com's Steve Wyche.

Orton would really just be a six-week rental for the Chiefs, who would pay the remainder of his contract. He would allow the team to sit Tyler Palko and keep rookie Ricky Stanzi in a development role rather than as a backup. Palko did throw three interceptions in his debut as a starter in the NFL, but he was able to throw for over 230 yards. He's certainly not going to win the AFC West for the Chiefs, though.

But then, Orton likely isn't going to do that either. Of course, it's a possibility that Orton could get a breath of fresh air in his career by joining the Chiefs, but I doubt we'll hear head coach Todd Haley proclaim Orton as the guy who gives the team the best chance to win if he gets the quarterback.

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Chicago Bears Might Be Interested In Kyle Orton, But So Could Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs

Kyle Orton might come full circle in a couple of days when his time on the waiver wire ends and either some team picks him up or he becomes a free agent. We say full circle because the Chicago Bears might be interested in their former signal caller now that Jay Cutler is out for several weeks and possibly the remainder of the season with a broken thumb in his throwing hand.

If the Bears are interested (there's no indication either way so far), the team will need to hope that the 28 teams ahead of them (discounting the Denver Broncos) pass on him. The Bears have the No. 30 priority on the waiver wire. Two teams ahead of the Bears that need a quarterback are the Houston Texans (Matt Schaub is out with a foot injury) and the Kansas City Chiefs (Matt Cassel is out with a hand injury).

Orton and his agent apparently started talking to the Broncos once news of Cutler's injury broke, reports the Denver Post. Presumably, Orton would like to return to Chicago, where played from 2005-08.

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Denver Broncos Head Coach John Fox On Waiving Kyle Orton: 'Right Decision For Our Football Team'

On Tuesday, the Denver Broncos announced that they had waived backup quarterback Kyle Orton. In a statement released after the decision was made public, Broncos head coach John Fox had this to say about the move:

"This was the right decision for our football team. We feel good about our quarterback group, and this gives Kyle an opportunity to help another team and showcase his talents."

There has been speculation that the Chicago Bears may be among the teams interested in acquiring Orton, though according to the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs, the Bears are all the way down at No. 30 in waiver priority, so an acquisition through the waiver process could be a difficult proposition.

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Kyle Orton Waived By Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos have released quarterback Kyle Orton, sending him to the waiver wire where any team may claim his contract.

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