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Kyle Orton works out with Larry Fitzgerald

Posted on: June 17, 2011 8:58 am
Edited on: June 17, 2011 4:11 pm
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Save the few hours during the April draft, we haven't officially had an offseason. It's left plenty of time for speculation, mostly about which players will end up where once free agency begins.

On Thursday, we wrote about Kevin Kolb, currently with the Eagles but likely to end up elsewhere, perhaps Arizona. But Cardinals coaches are reportedly concerned about Kolb's decision making, and if he's a good fit for Ken Whisenhunt's offense.

Which brings us to contestant No. 2: Kyle Orton. We haven't heard much from him lately, but like Kolb, he has previously been linked to Arizona because he's a) available, and b) an above-average quarterback, something the Cards haven't had since Kurt Warner retired after the 2009 season.

With Tebow-mentum building in Denver, there's probably nothing left for Orton, at least as a starter, even though he's proven he can run an offense. (More than that, as a rookie in Chicago, he replaced an injured Rex Grossman and went along for the ride on an 11-5 season and the playoffs. We said yesterday that the Cardinals don't need Tom Brady, they just need someone to steer clear of the icebergs; Orton can do that.) So it's not altogether surprising to see that he's working out with … Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

Actually, players -- despite their team affiliation and even sometimes their professional league -- work out all the time. During an appearance on NFL Network's Total Access this week Hines Ward admitted that he trains with Calvin Johnson. What does that mean? Well, that he trains with Calvin Johnson. Hines isn't going to the Lions and Megatron isn't coming to the Steelers.

And Fitzgerald tweeted as much Thursday, admitting that he's known Orton for a while. (Also on hand for the workouts: Eric Decker, Laurent Robinson, and Kyle Orton's dad. Funny, we don't hear about those guys potentially ending up in Arizona.)

So while these workouts aren't out of the ordinary, it raises another question: If you're the Cards, do you want Kolb, an unproven starter who has drawn comparisons (OK, comparison, singular) to Tom Brady? Or is Orton, a player with a ton of starting experience but perhaps a lower ceiling, the better fit?

We're leaning toward Orton. The free-bowl-of-soup haircut screams franchise QB. (But it looks good on him! That's a joke, obviously, but we really do think Orton makes the most sense for Arizona.)

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Kyle Orton works out with Larry Fitzgerald

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Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: June 17, 2011 3:24 pm

Kyle Orton works out with Larry Fitzgerald

Kyle Orton is garbage, but I suppose Kolb is likely even more garbage.  I have watched Orton for years and I am always stunned when one of his duck passes is complete.  All is right in the world when Orton is back to failing at QB, which is the natural state of Orton.

Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: June 17, 2011 11:40 am

Kyle Orton works out with Larry Fitzgerald

Orton is an immediate upgrade for the Cardinals. He can put up the big yardage and usually stays away from dumb tunrovers. I by no means think Tebow is the answer for the Broncos, but the Broncos have a lot of needs and Orton's value will never be higher.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: June 17, 2011 10:27 am

Kyle Orton works out with Larry Fitzgerald

Kyle Orton could make an immediate impact on the Cardinals. He is a quality QB that can manage the game. Sure, he won't wow you with Manning type throws, but he has the tools to win games and be successful. You could plug him into the Cardinals, 49ers, or Vikings and see instant success.

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