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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: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2011 11:37 am

Report: Kyle Orton on trading block already

Actually, the year that Chicago went to the Superbowl, it was Brian Griese that played the majority of the season. How do you get a Superstar rep, when you don't even have a clue?

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: July 26, 2011 11:35 am

Report: Kyle Orton on trading block already

Klis has a boner for Orton. He doesn't want to see his precious #8 outside of Denver. Chances are, there is no competition unless UDFA Adam Weber can show something. Which I doubt.

Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: July 26, 2011 11:33 am

Wake Up Dan Snyder!!!

Danny Boy.  This is your chance to make things right.  Trade for Orton.  Look what he did last year with a mediocre (at best) set of wide receivers.  Orton is a winner, a competitor.  He may not be the second coming, but he is affordable and reliable.  Trade McNabb, and maybe get a second or third rounder from Minnesota.  This is not rocket science.  Make it happen.  Give the fans someone other than Beck or Grossman to cheer for.  

Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: July 26, 2011 11:19 am

Report: Kyle Orton on trading block already

Tebow organized workouts?  I read several stories that said Tebow was out promoting himself (and his book) during the lockout while Orton was leading the Broncos workouts.  Which is true?  Also did you read the book?  I bet the autobiography of a 22-year-old kid is fascinating.  Yawn.

Since: Apr 7, 2010
Posted on: July 26, 2011 11:07 am

Report: Kyle Orton on trading block already

From a Broncos fans emotional standpoint, I could understand not liking this move.  You obviously want your team to have the best chance to win every year.  But this is the best business decision they could make.  They're already selling a metric shit-ton of Tebow jerseys, and that's only going to skyrocket once Orton's gone.  Second, only two things can happen in this scenario:  You catch lightning in a bottle and get the Tebow Broncos fans hope he can be.  Or (more likely) you fail miserably, but find that out for certain and likely have a decent shot at Luck coming out next year.  Not to mention having the pick you acquired for Orton to grab another piece to build the team around Luck (or possibly Tebow).  In the long run this is what's best for your team.

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2011 10:46 am

Report: Kyle Orton on trading block already

Go for it! Broncos management is dumb. Orton is PROVEN. He's not the greatest QB, but he's SMART. The year the Bears went to the Super Bowl, it was Orton piloting them at QB all season while Grossman was down....Grossman comes back for the playoffs/SB and we all know how that ended. If it weren't for the Broncos cr@ppy defense last year, they would've won more games. Trade Orton and give Tebow the reigns, this way everyone can laugh.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: July 26, 2011 10:45 am

Report: Kyle Orton on trading block already

If a QB is only "worth a second round pick," it's not like he is going to take you to very many championships.  Orton is one of those QB's who is just good enough that teams want to keep him around, but not good enough to make a difference by himself.  Don't feel sorry for him, though: he could hang on in the league for another ten years at a very nice salary as somebody's backup.  Then, he could take a pay cut and get into coaching.

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: July 26, 2011 10:44 am

Report: Kyle Orton on trading block already

Well, Broncos QB Kyle Orton is certainly a very good passer. His numbers in Denver were decent with 20 TDs and an 87.5 QB rating. That would help a lot of teams I suspect...especially those with QB issues. Will Tim Tebow take over if Orton goes? Whatever happened to Brady Quinn? Will he get a shot if Orton goes, or will it be Tebow...the good guy poster child.

I certainly think teams like the Redskins, Browns, Seahawks, Cardinals and others will take a shot at Orton, who is definitely cheaper than Eagles Kevin Kolb.

Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: July 26, 2011 10:42 am


Trade a proven commodity for Tebow-tard? Seriously? I guess the intangibles are enough for failed coach John Fox. Because we all know Tebow only offers 'leadership, a gamer attitude, and a winner mentality'. God forbid skillset, footwork, quick release, accuracy, timing, and the ability to read defenses doesn't mean anything. Good luck with that Broncos. Even though I'm not a fan, it pains me to see such a good organization tear itself apart. As if McDaniels didn't damage enough.

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