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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