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Report: Kyle Orton on trading block already

Posted on: July 26, 2011 10:23 am
Posted by Will Brinson

The NFL's trading season, per the official 2011 NFL calendar, officially opened at 10:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday. But there are already some names (Kevin Kolb!) on the trading block; go ahead and add Kyle Orton of the Broncos to that list.

That's because the Broncos reportedly put Orton up on the block, per Mike Klis of the Denver Post. Klis writes that Denver will "begin the business" of the NFL's season by putting his name out there and will be "entertaining offers for Orton" per sources.

However, Klis doesn't necessarily mention precisely what the Broncos would want in return -- we've previously heard they think he's worth a second-rounder -- but he does say if they don't get the proper value in return they won't bite.

In other words, despite the fact that Tim Tebow's been organizing workouts with receivers this offseason, and despite the reports that the starting quarterback job is "his to lose," well, he's probably still going to end up competing with Orton up until the start of the year. (And, yes, technically Brady Quinn.)

There's definitely a market for quarterbacks out there, but two things really pop out about the way Denver is handling this situation. One, even in Madden, players aren't thrilled with their front office when they're publicly lobbed on the trade market like a piece of meat. And while I understand Denver is all about transparency and yet hasn't said that they'll trade him, come on -- you don't publicly shop a guy for mediocre value and then expect him to come back and be all smiles and sunshine.

Secondly, everyone realizes this is John Fox coaching this club right? John Elway might be in charge of the player and personnel moves, but if we're talking about a Fox-coached football team, you have to remember that this is going to be a run-first, keep-it-safe offense.

And while Tebow might very well be able to play the role of game manager for Foxy, it would be somewhat surprising to see the coach entrust his first year on the job to someone so young.

That being said, if the Broncos can find someone willing to give up a second-round pick for Orton, Fox may not have a choice.

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Since: Jul 26, 2011
Posted on: July 26, 2011 12:48 pm

Report: Kyle Orton on trading block already

As a fellow Purdue graduate also living in the Denver area, I agree a lot with what host_717 has said about Orton. He has never really been given a quality opportunity (meaning quality receivers and running backs, maybe O-line as well) with the teams he has had so far in Chicago and Denver. While there is a lot of talk about the Dolphins aquiring him, I hope that he stays in the West and Arizona makes a deal for him rather than Kolb. Although many teams don't see him as a long term solution, I think given the right situation, he could very well change that perception this year. If Arizona, I will take great interest in Denver's September 1st game in the Desert.

Since: Jul 5, 2008
Posted on: July 26, 2011 12:44 pm

Report: Kyle Orton on trading block already

Orton is a turnover machine. A back-up on a good team. No team will ever win a title with this guy at the helm!!!

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: July 26, 2011 12:42 pm

Report: Kyle Orton on trading block already

Who is going to trade for this guy? 

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2011 12:40 pm

Report: Kyle Orton on trading block already

@Cuda ----- I have ZERO problems with bringing back the wishbone and with that kind of personel on the field I think it would work great! But as a side note for ya:

3 Games started last year for Tebow

Total = 11 TD's with only 3 games started, therefore, nearly 4 TD's a game with almost half of them coming through the air.

So the point being he passes just fine, just look at his college career and for the record.....I don't give a damn how they score as long as they my opinion, it's Tebow-Time!


Have a good one folks.

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2011 12:40 pm

Report: Kyle Orton on trading block already

Bronco Fan here.  Orton is a good QB.  But unfortunately, Stephen Hawking has more mobility in the backfield.   Put a line in front of this guy with a RB and he can win you games.  Denver had problems with both...

Good luck Kyle!

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2011 12:34 pm

Report: Kyle Orton on trading block already

Not sure why John Fox would not want Tim Tebow as his quarterback.  John Fox has a run, run, run, punt mindset when it comes to offense. Tebow is good at that.  Good luck Denver, your football games will be boring thanks to Foxy. 

Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: July 26, 2011 12:32 pm

Report: Kyle Orton on trading block already

So Dr. Whupp is rooting for John Fox to bring the wishbone to Denver?  Maybe they can hire Barry Switzer as OC.  OR they could keep Orton and have a passing game. 

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2011 12:22 pm

Report: Kyle Orton on trading block already

@nbscrumhalf, They played in Feb of 2007.  meaning it was the 2006 season numbnuts.


Since: Feb 22, 2007
Posted on: July 26, 2011 12:21 pm

Report: Kyle Orton on trading block already

I think Orton is a smart QB not a great one. If he ends up with the right team, I think he can succeed

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2011 12:20 pm

Report: Kyle Orton on trading block already

Well, I think they should try to move Orton and move forward with Tebow. It's time to find out what we have (or don't have) in Tebow. If the Broncos are apparently going to adopt a run 1st offense under Fox then I would rather have Tebow out there. Imagine for a second if Fox does somehow land D. Williams split time with Moreno and then you have the running threat of Tebow too???? Holy cow that would be awesome in my opinion...and nearly unstoppable. Denver has an above average OL and both RB's are also proficient at catching the ball out of the back field, so a nice security blanket there for Tebow as well. Every once in a while ole Timmy can take a shot downfield as there should be plenty of single coverage going on since defenses will be stacking upfront to stop the run. Personally...that's what I hope happens...would be fun as hell to watch.

LET'S PLAY SOME FOOTBALL!!!!!!!!!!!!! Woo Hoo! Can't wait......  

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