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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: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2011 1:52 pm

Report: Kyle Orton on trading block already

@ Hawkman77 --- I chuckled too when I wrote the wishbone idea  =)  But hey! If it were to equate into TD's once again, I wouldn't care...just score. As far as Tebow's stats the final 3 games I am very aware of who they played but it's that playing time he needs the most. The other part of the season he would play maybe a snap or 2 a game. His stats and command of the offense will only improve with time as Timmy is a smart, fast, tough kid who in my opinion, gives the Broncos the best chance to win. Nothing against Orton (other than I have seen trees with more mobility than him), he had a nice season last year, but alot of money and faith have been dumped into Tebow (right, wrong or indifferent) so it is time to find out what he is capable of at the NFL level.

Take it easy.

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: July 26, 2011 1:42 pm

Report: Kyle Orton on trading block already

He'd be a better fit in Arizona.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2011 1:31 pm

Report: Kyle Orton on trading block already

Dear Arizona,

Read this story. Then go get Kyle Orton.

Sincerely, Cardinals fans.

Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: July 26, 2011 1:19 pm

Report: Kyle Orton on trading block already

Orton is a good qb in the right system.  He is at his best in a wide open offense that spread out and throws the ball.  That is not what John Fox does.  It's 2 or 3 runs and punt.  Only problem is you have to have a defense to stop the other team from scoring.  That's where the Broncos will have problems.  Orton will be a good fit for Seattle and Pete Carroll if Matt Hasselbeck leaves.Cool

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2011 1:17 pm

Report: Kyle Orton on trading block already

I had him on my fantasy team last season and he was a beast. Why would Denver wants to get rid of a qb that can throw the ball really well. what they need is an offensive line and rb that can compliment him and the Broncos would be a contenderteam again. Bad move on Denver for putting him on the block. The Seahawks should consider Orton, better than Russell.

Since: Nov 16, 2009
Posted on: July 26, 2011 1:17 pm

Report: Kyle Orton on trading block already

As a Purdue grad and Bears fan, while I'd love the Bears to get him back, it probably wouldn't be best for him because they'd never give him the starting job over Cutler, no matter how much better he played, they wouldn't want to admit that trade was horrible.  So I'd like to see Orton to go to the Titans or Cards to have a shot at starting and winning.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2011 1:06 pm

Report: Kyle Orton on trading block already

Orton is a turnover machine.
Really?  Because 9 Interceptions in 498 PAs isn't bad at all.  He fumbled less frequently than Tebow and his interception rate was half of what Tebow's was.  To be fair, Tebow was a rookie and might drop that number - but Orton was anything but a turnover machine in 2009 or 2010.

Since: Oct 18, 2009
Posted on: July 26, 2011 1:05 pm

Report: Kyle Orton on trading block already

The Dolphins need a QB!  ANY QB!  But alas, their management might be too stupid and their ovaries (yeah ovaries) might not let them pull the trigger on a trade.  Another 7-9 season.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2011 1:02 pm

Report: Kyle Orton on trading block already

Orton would be a solid pick up for someone looking for a QB.  He has to have someone to throw to like in Denver.(Marshall)  

The Bears wanted to upgrade

The Broncos have 2 young guys they invested a lot in.


Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2011 1:00 pm

Report: Kyle Orton on trading block already

3 Games started last year for Tebow

Total == 11 TD's with only 3 games started, therefore, nearly 4 TD's a game
Dr. Wup Ass, don't go letting a little thing like facts get in your way.  In Tebow's 3 starts he had 4 touchdown passes against some of the worst pass defenses in the league, and 3 rushing touchdowns while completing less than 50% of his passes.

But you advocating the wishbone in the NFL is worth a laugh all week, so keep up the good posts.

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