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One quarter of the way through the season and the Denver Broncos are 1-3 under head coach John Fox and quarterback Kyle Orton. If John Fox has his way (there's no reason he won't have it for the rest of the season), he is going to live and die by Kyle Orton for the remainder of the year.
During his Monday presser, Fox told reporters:
"There are no what-ifs at this point. Kyle Orton is our starting quarterback."
And then he followed that a bit later with:
"You do (care what fans think) but in the decision-making process, you have to evaluate what you see."
While fans chant and put up billboards for Tim Tebow to take over for Kyle Orton, Fox continues to reiterate that he isn't going to let that get to him. There's something he sees on film that we might not get while watch the manufactured views of TV camera operators.
And Orton hasn't lost the support the locker room, either. As one teammate recently said:
"Kyle's our guy. That's who we're rolling with," running back Willis McGahee said Monday. "Whoever doesn't like it, it is what it is. He's leading the Denver Broncos. He's running the show. So, I mean, I think everybody just needs to get over it."
Most of the cheerleading for Orton's ouster is a bit misguided. John Fox might be wrong in saying Orton gives the team the best chance at winning, but the team's issues do run much deeper than Orton's play. Orton isn't the cause of his teammates fumbling or the defense leaving opponents wide open. He most certainly is part of the problem, but starting Tim Tebow isn't necessarily a palliative. The team could certainly do better with him or it could just be more of the same. But if Tebow did start for most of the remaining schedule, we'd at least know what Tebow is capable of doing.
And in times of great decisions, the conservative coach in John Fox sticks with his plan.
Denver Broncos head coach John Fox wasn't kidding when he said that Brady Quinn and Tim Tebow would both be listed as the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart. Just take a look at the Broncos' depth chart on the official website:
Remember, Fox is doing this to not give opponents a competitive advantage should an injury strike.
Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post, though, breaks down how that listing would actually work out if Orton was out for any reason. Quinn is likely the backup who will come in if Orton is injured or needs to sit out a few plays. Tebow, on the other hand, can come in and play in his own package situations, as he did last year before starting the final three games of the season.
What that means, essentially, is that we'd see Tebow enter the game and orchestrate a designed quarterback run. However, that would be just a bit predictable for the opposing teams. Fox surely has plans for utilizing Tebow in a special role this season.
When the Denver Broncos' first regular season depth chart is released next week, there won't be any surprises at quarterback. Kyle Orton has already been named the starter, and head coach John Fox has stated that Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn will both be the No. 2 quarterback, according to Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post.
Since the third quarterback rule was eliminated during the collective bargaining agreement talks, there is no more need for an emergency quarterback. But with both players the co-designated No. 2 quarterback, opposing teams won't be able to completely prepare during the week for both Tebow and Quinn.
Fox has been quiet on how he will use Tebow during games. Former head coach Josh McDaniels did have the "Tebow Package" that saw the young quarterback come in and run the ball. Fox might have something similar in his plans, but we'll need to wait a little while to find out.
For everyone calling for Tim Tebow to be cut or traded by the Denver Broncos, that is short-sightedness. Tebow is the only quarterback currently on the roster who is also under contract for the 2012 season. He has about $7 million committed to him in salary and bonuses this season and is due about $2 million in 2012. Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn are both free agents, as is Adam Weber, whom at least one person believes is better than Tebow.
As the Denver Post's Jeff Legwold points out, there are no indications that the Broncos do want to sign Orton for the long-term. If they wanted to do that, they would already have started talking a contract with him. Orton stands to gain much more from hitting free agency than signing with the Broncos. Why would the Broncos want to overpay Orton to stay with them, Legwold asks.
For now, Orton will take his near $9 million salary for the 2011 season and see how things play out. If he continues to disappear in the second half of the season, Quinn and Tebow are ready to step in. And after the season, everything is up in there air. Tebow? Andrew Luck in the draft? Let's deal with that in 2012. A quarterback conundrum right now helps no one.
The Denver Broncos quarterback controversy has taken another turn in a strange direction. It hasn't been Kyle Orton or Tim Tebow for a few weeks already. Brady Quinn or Tim Tebow as Orton's backup? That was so last weekend. The new one? Tim Tebow or Adam Weber for third-string quarterback.
In Michael Silver's article for Yahoo! Sports, undrafted rookie free agent Adam Weber is making a move on being better than Tim Tebow. According to Silver, there are some people in the organization who believe Weber should be the third-string quarterback over Tebow:
As one highly knowledgeable member of the organization told me Monday, "If everything was totally equal, and this were a competition based only on performance at this camp, Tebow would probably be the fourth-string guy. [...] And I’m telling you, Adam Weber is flat-out better right now."
But things aren't equal, as Silver points out. Tebow is a former first-round pick, meaning the team has plenty of money committed in him. It would be gross negligence if Tebow wasn't at the very least the third-string quarterback come the Sept. 12 season opener against the Oakland Raiders.
If Weber is that highly regarded by some in the organization, one must wonder when he'll actually see playing time in the preseason. Will we wait until the final game?
In what was a formality, Kyle Orton has been named the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos in their season opener against the Oakland Raiders. On Monday, Sept. 12, Kyle Orton will lead the offense onto Sports Authority Field at Mile High as the starter for a third year in a row.
Once the new collective bargaining agreement was settled and teams could start trading, it looked as though Orton would be traded to the Miami Dolphins. However, compensation and a new contract held up a trade, which has been dead for weeks. Orton then took all the first-team snaps as training camp got underway. There was no battle for the starting quarterback position.
Head coach John Fox, however, is not ready to name a backup quarterback, saying that it is still ongoing, according to Andrew Mason of MaxDenver.com. Brady Quinn moved to the No. 2 position last week in a preseason game against the Buffalo Bills. Tim Tebow is third on the depth chart. While the backup is not settled, it is Quinn's to lose now.
Brady Quinn isn't going to unseat Kyle Orton as the Denver Broncos starting quarterback soon, but it's looking more and more like he will be the immediate backup to Orton should the team lose Orton for any period of time.
Mike Klis of the Denver Post suggests that a strong performance by Quinn in this weekend's preseason game could cast uncertainty on the Broncos' quarterback depth chart. He'll need to play against more than third-teamers this time around. Against the Dallas Cowboys' backups to the backups, Quinn went 8-of-14 for 120 yards and one touchdown in the second half of the game.
"I don't know why it is, or exactly how to explain it, but Brady is much better this year than he was last year," Broncos star cornerback Champ Bailey said. "He just seems much more confident."
As Klis goes on to explain, Quinn received help from Paul Hackett, a longtime defensive coordinator in the pros and in college and from David Lee, a quarterbacks coach, to work on his game. It's paying off so far.
At this point, it shouldn't be a surprise if Brady Quinn does force his way into being Orton's backup.
Now that the Kyle Orton-Tim Tebow controversy is all nice and settled in for training camp, pundits are taking sides. Skip Bayless believes Tebow is the present and the future of the Broncos. Rick Reilly, on the other hand, puts Tebow's fight for the top spot on the depth chart to an end.
Reilly writes in his article, "Tim Tebow not ready for prime time," that the young quarterback doesn't have the team behind him. Kyle Orton, however, has the "entire locker room" desiring him to be the team's quarterback. Reilly follows with some comments from John Elway about how the lockout hurt Tebow's ability to come in and compete with Kyle Orton on the same level of preparation. Elway goes on to say:
But he's an amazing football player. I'd never give up on Tim Tebow."
Tebow does need to learn how to play from under center instead of out of the shotgun, as he did in Florida. But that quote from Elway gets to the heart of the matter. Why give up on him? Why hope he becomes a colossal NFL failure? What does it gain anyone to hope that? Nothing. Yes, he is immensely popular and maybe that puts people off, but it's no reason to wish for his football demise.
The first Denver Broncos depth chart has been released for the 2011 preseason and Kyle Orton is the team's No. 1 quarterback heading into Thursday's game with the Dallas Cowboys. He may not be the most popular choice among a certain segment of the fans, but he is clearly John Fox's quarterback--for the moment.
As Andrew Mason of MaxDenver.com details, Orton has looked the best in practice out of the four quarterbacks on the roster. But actions in preseason games will certainly provide better insight on how these quarterbacks will wind up on the final depth chart before the Sept. 12 season opener. As Mason believes, it would be a shock if Orton is not the man under center.
As for how Orton is handling boos from the fans and the desire from some corners for Tebow to start, Mason has a good quote from the quarterback:
"My last goal playing quarterback is winning over the fans. My first goal is to win over my teammates, my coaches and I think I’m well on the way towards doing that," he said.
That could bring some fan backlash, not that he doesn't have enough already, but his point is a good one. The fans don't make the decisions, the coaches do. Orton can take all the boos he receives, but as long as he's John Fox's guy the fan reaction doesn't matter much.
While most of the attention this training camps is (rightly) on Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow, the Denver Broncos do have a rookie quarterback who is looking to make the team. Adam Weber signed as an undrafted free agent out of Minnesota. His college teammate was current Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker, who is set up to be the No. 3 wide receiver on the team this season.
But Weber? He's the fourth quarterback right now and it doesn't appear to be changing anytime soon. As Weber told the Denver Post recently:
"I'm a long ways off from stepping foot on a field," he said.
As Weber states earlier in the article, teams don't carry four quarterbacks. At this point, Weber is more than likely heading to the team's practice squad, where he can develop and develop his skills to compete for a roster spot in 2012. Orton and Brady Quinn are free agents next season, leaving Tebow as the only quarterback under contract entering the 2012 season.
We're less than one week away from the Denver Broncos' first preseason game, but Tim Tebow is feeling more than just the pressure of needing to perform in that game to keep open a competition with Kyle Orton. In a recent interview with the Denver Post's Woody Paige, Tebow had some choice words about being a starting quarterback:
"My dream, since I was a young boy, of being a starting quarterback in the NFL seemed to be coming true," Tebow told me as we stood outside the Broncos' locker room.
"Then, I felt like it was grabbed back away. . . ." He paused and didn't finish the thought. Instead, he finished his quart of milk.
It appears as though Tebow is alluding to the Broncos' ultimately failed attempt at trading Kyle Orton to the Miami Dolphins once the trading period opened up last week. Does it come off as a bit of whining? I'm not quite that sure on that front, but Tebow should have known that the Broncos might decide to keep Orton, which they did.
As the interview with Paige goes on, though, Tebow is optimistic and not pouting, as the above quote may have given the appearance on setting that up. Rather, he thinks the quarterback competition is still open and wants to do everything he can to overcome Orton and Brady Quinn to be under center when the Broncos face the Raiders on Sept. 12.
But, as Paige suggests, John Elway and John Fox may already have privately chosen a quarterback: Orton. It would make sense given the amount of money they have invested in him. But that doesn't mean he's guaranteed to be the quarterback throughout the entire season.
In writing that was found all over the wall since trade talks died down between the Denver Broncos and the Miami Dolphins, Kyle Orton has been informed that he will not be traded and that he is the Broncos' starting quarterback, according to the NFL Network's Michael Lombardi. This should come as no surprise as Orton received all of the first-team practice snaps over the last week.
If Elway, Fox and Xanders had settled on Tebow after a week of Orton taking starter's reps, that would have been gross negligence on their parts. But they didn't, so there's no groundbreaking news here.
The better question to ask going forward is if Orton can keep a hold of the starter's position. He certainly got off to a quick start in 2010, but failed to carry that into the second half of the season. Tim Tebow and even Brady Quinn will be nipping at Orton's heels all season. Is this a disaster waiting to happen?
With each passing day, a trade of Kyle Orton grows unlikelier. ESPN's Adam Schefter categorically denies that any trade of Kyle Orton will occur. He went on to say that Orton would be the Broncos' starting quarterback this season.
At this point, it's hard to believe that a trade could happen, despite some outlets believing Miami and Orton will come to their senses and agree on a new contract. If this continues to drag on and eventually does get consummated, it hurts the Broncos, as Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn have not received first team practice snaps yet.
But with Orton continuing to get first-team snaps, it really does look as though he will be the starter on Monday, Sept. 12 against the Oakland Raiders. The question, then, is how long he will remain under center.
While SI's Peter King believes that Kyle Orton may still be traded to the Miami Dolphins, he is most definitely the Denver Broncos No. 1 quarterback right now. If you've been following the Twitter accounts of the Denver Post's Lindsay Jones and MaxDenver.com's Andrew Mason, Orton is taking the first-team reps and looking like the opening day starter.
Meanwhile, Brady Quinn and Tim Tebow are battling to be his backup--at least for now. Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that the competition between the two quarterbacks is close. Quinn has played with the second-string team occasionally, though Tebow is still getting most of the time there.
This should come as no surprise and John Elway and John Fox always said that there would be a quarterback competition during training camp. Quinn, who was never given a real chance in 2010, is benefiting from this competition, but there is still so much time left for things to settle.
While the rumors around the Denver Broncos trading Kyle Orton to the Miami Dolphins have hit a brick wall with the signings of Matt Moore and Pat Devlin, there still could be a trade. Sports Illustrated's Peter King still believes that an Orton-to-Miami deal could be done. He thinks it would be a colossal mistake for Orton to not buck up on his contract demands and sign for whatever:
Five years down the road, if he doesn't end up in Miami, he'll be saying to himself, "I should have redone my contract back in 2011. I should have figured how much they wanted to go with Tebow, and how I could have started from day one in Miami.''
It has to be clear by now to Orton that he is not the answer in Denver and that Tim Tebow is the guy the team wants to be the quarterback under center this season. If that weren't true, the team wouldn't have been actively shopping him as soon as they were allowed to.
As much as Kyle Orton is not the answer in Denver, he could be in Miami. Matt Moore and Pat Devlin as well as others aren't going to help the Dolphins win games.
At 2 p.m. MT, Kyle Orton's $1.5 million roster became active, according to the National Football Posts' Andrew Brandt. He believes that makes an Orton trade unlikely at this point, but who knows a few weeks from now. Maybe Matt Moore performs poorly and Chad Henne does as well. The Dolphins might come calling again.
Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter spoke with Orton earlier on Friday and the quarterback told him that a trade with the Dolphins was "dead." Mike Klis of the Denver Post followed a little bit later that the issue over the proposed Orton trade was his contract. The two teams had settled on compensation, but Orton's need to negotiate a new contract hampered efforts.
For now, Orton remains the Broncos' starting quarterback, but with camp just starting teams could be looking to change their starter soon. Orton will surely remain high atop the list of potential trade targets.
It appears that the Miami Dolphins have moved on from Denver Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton. According to OregonLive.com, the Dolphins have agreed to a two-year contract with former Carolina Panthers quarterback Matt Moore. The deal is reportedly worth $5 million with incentives to reach $7.5 million.
Kyle Orton was reportedly negotiating a contract with the Dolphins, but he was likely looking for a deal that was commensurate with what he was set to receive in 2011: nearly $9 million. The Dolphins, it seems, wanted no part of that and preferred Orton taking a lesser deal.
So now Kyle Orton is the starting quarterback for the Broncos and Tim Tebow is the backup. Brady Quinn, as usual, remains the No. 3 QB. Will John Fox develop his own Tebow Package to get the youngster some time on the field?
Training camp is just underway, so there are plenty of developing story lines in this situation.
With the Kyle Orton trade talks between the Denver Broncos and the Miami Dolphins currently stalled, Orton is still the first-team quarterback. However, that could change by Aug. 4, the start of the new league year. The assumption has been the Broncos need to cut money in a number of places to get under the salary cap on that day. Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald believes that could force the Broncos to cut Orton, effectively eliminating any sort of leverage the team may have had left.
However, it has been confirmed that dead money from players cut won't count against the cap this season (first reported by Mile High Report). That will give the Broncos a bit more breathing space than previously expected and room to keep Kyle Orton.
The issues still in place are the compensation the Broncos will receive and a new contract for Orton. Orton is due nearly $9 million this season and he wants a long-term deal. ESPN's Adam Schefter has termed the trade as being "on life support."
Thursday began and ended with Denver Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton still in Dove Valley. Orton was running the first-team offense during the first practice of training camp. This despite much speculation that Orton had been negotiating a contract with the Dolphins.
However, according to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero, the issue is either compensation (reportedly a third-round pick) or that Orton and the Dolphins have yet to reach a mutual pact on a new contract. Salguero believes this could go on until Aug. 4 when teams need to be under the salary cap at the start of the new league year.
The issue over compensation could be an issue since the Broncos don't have much leverage, as Kevin Kolb is finally with the Arizona Cardinals. As ESPN's John Clayton offers, the Broncos are looking for a better offer than what they are receiving at the moment. The Cardinals sent Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round pick to the Eagles for the quarterback. And then they gave Kolb a $63 million contract.
Kent Somers of AZCentral.com offers some info on why the Cards ultimately opted for Kolb:
The Cardinals were concerned about Orton's performance in the red zone and on third-down. Kolb, who is a bit younger, has more upside in their eyes. Plus, two teams -- the Bears and Broncos -- have been willing to part with Orton. Why?
But then Kolb doesn't have as much experience as Orton to find out if he has those issues. Still, the Dolphins do appear to want Orton. The question is how much longer they will haggle with the Broncos.
The Denver Broncos and the Miami Dolphins did not complete a much rumored trade of Kyle Orton on Wednesday. What we do know is that the Broncos are talking with the Dolphins, but the holdup could be over Orton's desire for a new, multi-year contract.
Orton did show up for his physical and attend a later team meeting, but things still point to Orton being moved. The NFL Network's Michelle Beisner, though, paints a bit murkier picture with her tweet on Wednesday night:
A lot of peeps lookin for update on Orton trade. I'm told, trade talks are not dead, could still happen. Fluid is the name of this game!!!
This may just be the use of bad phrase on Beisner's part. With Kevin Kolb still a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, the Arizona Cardinals could still trade for Orton, which is why the Broncos may be holding on to Orton for just a little bit longer. While the Kolb-to-Arizona trade is believed to be done by the end of this week, things could still change. As Beisner remarks at the end of her tweet, "Fluid is the name of the game."
Will the Broncos ultimately settle on a third-round pick or will they try to negotiate an escalator and have it move to a second-rounder in the event of some sort of marker on the season? Hopefully we'll find out more on Thursday.
Denver Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton did show up to training camp on Wednesday, but he may not be there for much longer. Reports that Orton is negotiating a contract with the Miami Dolphins appear to be serious, as Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that the two teams are deep into negotiations.
The NFL Network's Albert Breer believes that the contract negotiations with the Dolphins are the only thing standing in the way of a deal going down. According to Breer, the Broncos would receive "about a third round pick," which could mean there might be a conditional pick or something else included. But that is just idle speculation.
This deal could get done on Wednesday if all of these rumors pan out. And to think many thought Kevin Kolb was going to be the first quarterback traded.
Is Kyle Orton's tenure with the Denver Broncos finally close to an end? According to Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel, the quarterback is negotiating with the Miami Dolphins and several other teams for a new contract upon his trade. Kelly's source believes Orton is the top quarterback target for general manager Jeff Ireland.
What could complicate a new deal is Orton's desire to be paid $6 million per year. Do the Dolphins or any of the unnamed other teams want to pay him that much? Miami may be the only one since there is no "Quarterback of the Future" waiting in the wings in Miami. Arizona would also fit that mold, but they appear intent on trading for Kevin Kolb.
Even if the Broncos and the Dolphins do work out a trade, any new deal Orton signs cannot happen until Friday at 4 p.m. MT.
On ESPN, Kyle Orton has yet to be seen at Denver Broncos training camp. As she said, no one has seen Orton's Prius yet. She reiterated that the Broncos are actively seeking out a trade for the quarterback, but they could sit tight and keep Orton on the roster., live at Dove Valley, reported that
She speculates that that would mean Orton would be the starter, Tebow would be the backup and Brady Quinn would be the No. 3 QB. Mark Schlereth followed on the SportsCenter segment and said the Broncos were doing the right thing by exploring trades for Orton. He also believes that there are players in the locker room who think Brady Quinn has never received a real chance at the job and that he could be a good quarterback.
The Miami Dolphins appear to be the front-runners in an Orton trade, but it is likely that we still need to wait for Kevin Kolb to be dealt before any deal goes down.
Is the Kyle Orton trade bubble about to burst? Mike Klis of the Denver Post points out that Orton's potential landing spots are fading quicker than expected. The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a contract with free agent Matt Hasselbeck, and the Minnesota Vikings are quite close to acquiring Donovan McNabb for two sixth-round draft picks.
And despite talks between the Broncos and the Cardinals for Orton, it still appears as though the Cards are intent on picking up Kevin Kolb. And with the Seahawks signing Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Leinart eliminates them from the discussion. So that leaves the Miami Dolphins, or, as Klis states, the Broncos--at least for a couple of weeks.
Klis could see the Redskins, who just traded McNabb, checking back in a couple of weeks since John Beck is the starter for now. He also lists Cincinnati as a team that could come calling since they just lost Carson Palmer to retirement. However, Andy Dalton's presence there would create a similar situation in Denver.
With quarterback Kevin Kolb still a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, the Denver Broncos will keep hold of Kyle Orton for the time being and explore the trade market for him. The Arizona Cardinals appear to be the team most intent on trading for a quarterback, but so far they are unwilling to pay the price for Kolb, making Orton a possible acquisition fort them.
There are at least six other teams who could be interested in acquiring Orton. On Tuesday night, Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole reported that the Miami Dolphins and the Tennessee Titans are the "strongest possibilities" to acquire Orton. But he also points out that either team could look at unrestricted free agent Matt Hasselbeck instead.
Miami seems like the better destination since there is no quarterback of the future there to challenge Orton, whereas Tennessee has Jake Locker waiting in the wings. The Broncos are no stranger as a trade partner with the Dolphins, as wide receiver Brandon Marshall went to Miami in 2010. Orton would be able to reconnect with his former receiver.
Right now, the quarterback trade market is certainly a fluid situation.
Kevin Kolb is still a Philadelphia Eagle on the first day teams could discuss trades, and this helps the Denver Broncos in their pursuit of trading Kyle Orton. According to Kent Somers of AZCentral.com, the Cardinals have talked with both teams about their respective quarterbacks, as well as with Matt Hasselbeck and Marc Bulger.
It had been long assumed that Kolb would be traded to the Cardinals once the lockout was lifted and teams could trade, but it seems that the Cards are balking at giving up a first-round draft pick for him. As Somers mentions, the Cards are willing to trade Antonio Rodgers-Cromartie and a draft pick for quarterback.
That's where Kyle Orton enters into the discussion, as the Broncos are likely not going to ask for the same compensation the Eagles are asking for with Kolb. As Mile High Report informs, however, ESPN's Adam Schefter believes the Broncos could ask for a first-round pick.
For now, it would be safe to say that it may take a couple of days before the quarterback trade market shakes itself out.
If the Denver Broncos do trade quarterback Kyle Orton, where might he wind up? Much of this depends on whether the Arizona Cardinals trade for the Philadelphia Eagles' Kevin Kolb. If the Cards balk at the cost for Kolb, they could tell the Eagles that they'll go talk with Denver about acquiring Kyle Orton. That could be a ploy to lower the cost or it could be a serious move.
If the Cards do wind up with Kolb where are the other destinations for Orton? Mike Klis of the Denver Post has a list of teams. Let's break them down:
Vikings: Minnesota drafted Florida State QB Christian Ponder with the No. 12 overall pick. Brett Favre is retired and Tarvaris Jackson is a free agent. But Orton would be in the same situation he finds himself in Denver.
Titans: Tennessee drafted Washington QB Jake Locker at No. 8 overall and Kerry Collins retired. Vince Young is soon to be gone. Again, Orton would need to deal with a youngster destined to take over the QB spot.
With NFL teams able to talk with each other about making trades on Tuesday morning, the Denver Broncos could soon send quarterback Kyle Orton out of their Dove Valley facilities and across the country. According to the Denver Post's Mike Klis, the team will indeed, after much offseason speculation, listen to offers for the Broncos' quarterback the past two seasons.
Klis, however, doesn't see it as a forgone conclusion that Orton will be traded. He believes that if the team is unable to trade Orton, Tim Tebow will need to take a seat to him for a year. At $7.379 million this season, Orton would be one expensive and likely upset backup.
But there does appear to be a market for Orton, as he is an alternative to Kevin Kolb, who is considered the top-available quarterback. The Eagles are looking for a first-round pick for Kolb and that deal will likely get done shortly after trades can occur at 8 a.m. MT. Orton would be the backup plan for those who lose out.
With the NFL lockout mere hours from ending, if not sooner, the Denver Broncos will likely start taking phone calls for quarterback Kyle Orton. Many signs during the offseason pointed to the Broncos trading Orton when the time arises, but the NFL Network's Jason La Canfora was the lone holdout on that issue. For months he maintained that the Broncos wanted Orton to be the starter since he gave the team the best chance to win.
But on Sunday, La Canfora changed his tune, as more teams are turning up their interest in him. While rumors are that the Broncos want a second-round pick as a starting point for Orton, he is more likely to draw a lesser draft pick in comparison to what the Philadelphia Eagles will receive for Kevin Kolb, who is considered the top quarterback on the trade market.
Head coach John Fox did say he wants a "gamer" as his starter even while he has Orton at the top of his temporary depth chart. Even if Orton is traded, Tebow would still need to compete with Brady Quinn for the starting job, but is that much of a competition?
Stick with the StoryStream as the competition heats up. For more on the Broncos, visit Mile High Report.
Did Denver Broncos head coach John Fox just throw out the opening salvo in the battle for the team's starting quarterback competition? In a one-on-one interview with the Denver Post's Woody Paige, Fox revealed that:
"deep down, I have an idea" who will be No. 1 when the season starts. [...] "I prefer a gamer to a good practice player... I want someone who will execute under pressure in a game."
This sounds like Fox prefers Tim Tebow, but, as the article goes on, Fox does have a depth chart that currently lists Kyle Orton at the top and the second-year quarterback right below. Brady Quinn is third, but Fox is supposedly going to give him a chance to win the job.
Fox did emphasize that he has yet to see any of the quarterbacks practice (darn lockout). But how much of this is just repackaging old comments? For months we've had lingering comments from Fox and John Elway that Tim Tebow isn't guaranteed anything and that he needs to perform during training camp to get the job. I don't see anything different after this interview.
Stick with the StoryStream as the competition heats up. For more on the Broncos, visit Mile High Report.
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