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Broncos release QB Kyle Orton

Posted on: November 22, 2011 4:17 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2011 5:13 pm
Tebow may not be the future in Denver, but he's definitely the present. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Kyle Orton lost the Broncos starting job after a 1-4 start. Now, he's out of work altogether. The team released Orton executive vice president John Elway announced Tuesday, according to the Denver Post.

The Tebow era officially begins...

Orton arrived in Denver prior to the 2009 season as part of the trade that sent Jay Cutler to Chicago. In his first two years, he threw for almost 7,500 yards and had 41 touchdowns against 21 interceptions. And even though then-coach Josh McDaniels used a first-round pick on Tim Tebow in 2010, Orton entered the 2011 season as the unquestioned starter.

Five weeks later, that all changed after Orton played himself out of the job. Enter Tim Tebow who, based on his preseason performance, was fully expected to fail. Instead, head coach John Fox refashioned the offense to highlight Tebow's strengths -- namely, running -- and now the Broncos are a read-option dynamo and just one game back of the Raiders in the AFC West.

Tebow's surprising success also made Orton, who is in the last year of his contract, expendable. According to Broncos executive John Elway, there's no guarantee that the long-term gig is Tebow's, but it wasn't going to be Orton's either.

Here's what John Fox and Elway had to say about Orton in statements released by the team.

Fox: "I spoke with Kyle earlier today and thanked him for everything he did for the Broncos. He was a true professional throughout this season. I’ve got a great deal of respect for him as both a player and as a person.       

"This was the right decision for our football team. We feel good about our quarterback group, and this gives Kyle an opportunity to help another team and showcase his talents.      

“I wish Kyle and his family all the best going forward.”

Elway: “I would like to thank Kyle for all his work with the Denver Broncos. In the three years that he’s been here, he’s been an absolute pro. We thought it was best for the Broncos at this time as well as for Kyle to catch on with a different team.        

“Kyle is going to have more options in the NFL. He’ll get an opportunity to play somewhere else, and we wish him the best of luck.”

So now what? Well, Denver will ride the running game as far as it takes them. And Orton's services, no doubt, will be in high demand.

Chicago, the team that drafted him in 2005, just lost Jay Cutler, possibly for the rest of the regular season.

The Post reports that Orton and his agent David Dunn began talking with the Broncos about his release when it was learned that Cutler suffered a broken thumb and might miss 6-8 weeks. Orton declined comment.

Other possibilities: the Chiefs, which have to be in the market after watching Tyler Palko throw three interceptions against the Patriots Monday night (Kansas City placed Matt Cassel on injured reserve earlier this week). And depending on what happens with Matt Leinart and the Texans, Houston could be looking for a quarterback, too.

For now, Tebow is the man in Denver. And it's only a matter of time before Orton is the man … somewhere else.

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Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2011 4:28 pm

Broncos release QB Kyle Orton

Hilarious that people still feel the need to take swipes at Kyle Orton because rooting for their favorite QB isn't good enough. They have to drag everyone down while they're at it.

Orton didn't play as well as he usually does in the first five games, true. I wonder if a new offense, new coaches, new defense that hadn't been all that great, a running game that only emerged lately, and awful blocking had anything to do with it? Nah, according to the revisionist Orton bashers; it was all Orton.

The thing is, even given all that, Orton still threw for more TDs than INTs. You wouldn't know that, listening to the delusional Orton bashers. That's because they painted themselves into a corner by calling the guy who led the league in passing for most of last year the worst QB in the league. Now they have to make up all-new superlatives because Orton struggled for a few games.
Denver did a classy thing in letting Orton go. It appears that the Chiefs have picked him up on waivers, now. That may come back to haunt the Broncos, which makes their move all the classier. Good from a franchise that gave us all the unclassy ways of Josh McDaniels, Jay Cutler, and Brandon Marshall.

Denver now has a good coach who has turned the defense and the running game around, a high-character QB who is blindsiding opponents in the 4th quarter for winning TDs, and another 2.5 million in cap space. That's more than many expected from this team.

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 4:22 pm
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Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2011 2:40 pm

Broncos release QB Kyle Orton

"Probably because everyone agrees?  The Raiders are trying to make the playoffs.  Would YOU rather have Boller as a backup to Palmer over Orton?   Palmer is fragile.  How about you make fun of the Raiders guy so we can turn around and make fun of you?"

Yes, the fragile Carson Palmer who missed 12 games in 2008 and played 16 in 2005-2007 and 2009-2010.  I'm no expert on Carson Palmer, but to me this looks like he has only been seriously injured once in his career. 

Would I want to have Kyle Boller as a backup.  I don't see why not.  He's not much worse than most other backups in the league.  My team's backup is Chris Redman and I'm perfectly alright with that.  If your quarterback goes down in the playoffs your pretty f-ed either way.  Why would the Raiders be willing to pay Orton $2.4 million to sit on the bench behind Palmer for the last 6 games when they don't pay Boller that much in a year? 

Since: Nov 15, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2011 1:55 pm

Broncos release QB Kyle Orton

You are welcome in Miami in my eyes.  Finish the season in the sun and free agent time  rolls round find a new home.

Since: Nov 8, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2011 1:44 pm

Broncos release QB Kyle Orton

I wish St. Louis needed a QB, reuniting Orton with McDaniels and Lloyd would turn him Orton into a fantasy stud again.  Bears should pick him up to keep there playoff hopes alive or Miami if they're not trying to Suck for Luck.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2011 1:34 pm

Broncos release QB Kyle Orton

I hope Orton's response to the release from the broncos is FUCK OFF! Tebow will never be a winner. He is a follower.....we already know that. Orton is a better QB. Better passer, reads defenses better. He just can't run like tebow. And with that horrible offense your going to have to make plays somewhere. And that is with his feet. The real losers here are the broncos......unless they get a def that similar to pitt or Balt they dont have a chance in hell.

Worldbme:  Tebow will never be a winner!!!!!!!!  That is hilarious.  Did you forget about his 2008 BCS Title?  Heisman winner 2007?  Yeah, he sounds like a follower to me. 

Orton is a better QB?  Yeah, he played great in the four losses he started.  Reads defenses better?  Check out his interception stats for the games he started.  Sounds like he doesn't know what the hell he is looking at when it comes to defenses.  Orton has been, and always will be, nothing more than a mediocre quarterback.

Tebow definitely has shown that he lacks a lot of the skills of an NFL quarterback.  Yet, at the helm of the Broncos this season he is
4-1.  Sounds like the Broncos are a winner.  Personally I believe over time Tebow can become a great NFL quarterback.  Take Alex Smith for example.  The first five seasons of his NFL career the experts called him a bust.  Now, with the 49ers sitting at 9-1, the experts are lauding praise upon him.  Give Tebow a couple of seasons and he will improve dramatically.  Until then, sit back and enjoy what he has brought to the Broncos.  A winning attitude and a team that has become competitive.

Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2011 1:22 pm

Broncos release QB Kyle Orton

I hope Orton signs with the Chiefs then leads them to win the division over Denver. That would be funny.  Other teams that may be interested include Miami,  Arizona, and Seattle.  I know some of them are thinking draft day qb's but if they were to get Orton they could use that pick to firm up other positions....

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 12:17 pm

Broncos release QB Kyle Orton

The ex Bronco Kyle Orton was the worst trade ever after coming over from the Bears he was okay but none the less was going to be a bridge to either Brady Quinn or Tim Tebow. I believe Quinn is the better quarterback but Tebow runs the option. Who ever would have thought that this would work in the NFL. Orton I wish him luck where ever he ends up.

Since: Aug 1, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2011 10:46 am

Broncos release QB Kyle Orton

The release of Orton was not a surprise to be honest it should have happened 2 weeks ago. Orton will have opportunities nonetheless does one really believe he can get the next team any further than he did with Denver? During the Denver San Diego game the Chargers were ripe for the picking and Orton struggled Tebow performed well enough to give the Broncos a chance and could have pulled out the game with the current option style now being used by Denver. Orton seemed lost in his lackluster first five games and the results proved with a 1 - 4 start that he (Orton) was not the answer. Can Denver compete in the dismal AFC West? Yes. They stand 1 game back of the Raiders and with six games remaining: Chargers, Vikings, Bears, Patriots, Bills, and Chiefs one could say they have a legit shot to finish 5 -1 against those six teams and the Denver defense stacks up better than the injury plagued offenses of those 5 of 6 teams. With Rivers falling apart at the seams, the Vikings using Ponder, and the Bears and Chiefs without their starter pose no real threat. The real test will come against the Patriots. Right now, the Broncos are firing on all cylinders and Tebow is leading the charge. Love him or hate him Tebow IS here now and has a legit shot to prove all the detractors he can succeed. Orton will have a chance to salvage his career somewhere but he needs to get over the hurdle of inconsistencies and prove he still can compete.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 9:51 am

Broncos release QB Kyle Orton

Hey Rex and the NYJ's...wink wink...nudge nudge.....Laughing

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