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Broncos make brilliant move with Orton

Posted on: August 21, 2010 2:34 pm
Edited on: August 21, 2010 2:37 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit

Something we tend to overlook is how a player’s contract impacts the rest of the team’s morale. Players like to see their teammates get rewarded. It tells them management cares about the players and gives everyone in the locker room hope that they, too, will get a huge payday if they earn it. K. Orton (US Presswire)

This is why it’s dangerous for the Patriots to drag their feet with Tom Brady or for the Jets to extend the contracts of Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum but not cornerback Darrelle Revis.

On this note, Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post makes an excellent point about the new deal the Broncos gave quarterback Kyle Orton.

Orton, as we all know by now, just signed a one-year contract extension that will pay him $8.8 million in 2011 on top of the $2.62 million he will make this season as the team’s starting quarterback.

Other players were not available for interviews today — typical team policy for the day before games — but I imagine the news of Orton’s extension went over very well.

Not only is Orton a popular guy in the locker room and the unquestioned leader of the offense, it was clear throughout training camp that Orton is, by far, the team’s best quarterback. His teammates noticed, and know that Orton gives the team the best chance to win now. Not to mention that if the quarterback is happy, it certainly helps morale for the rest of the team.
Orton’s extension should also send a message to the rest of the team that players can work and play their way into more money and a longer contract.

Obviously, the Broncos didn’t have to pay Orton. They have his long-term replacement, Tim Tebow, already on the roster. And $8.8 million is a lot of money for a middle-of-the-road passer. But with Orton locked up through 2011, all immediate distractions under center are at least curtailed. And, should Tebow prove to not be ready by next season, the Broncos won’t find themselves negotiating with Orton without any leverage.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Broncos make brilliant move with Orton

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Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: August 22, 2010 6:17 pm

Broncos make brilliant move with Orton

Orton has surprised me with his play on the field even if he plays extremely conservative and can't lead many comebacks. He is very efficient and accurate, which makes him a perfect #2 QB or a guy that fill in until the franchise QB is found. I just wonder is denver going to have 3 QB's making 9 million a year instead of having a top notch QB making 15+. With Denver going 2-8 in there last 10 games we'll have to wait and see how much longer the fans will back him in Denver.

Since: Aug 6, 2007
Posted on: August 22, 2010 8:55 am

Broncos make brilliant move with Orton

I completely agree with the above comments, but I want to add something else.  Orton has the grace and professionalism of a real NFL quarterback.  It was only a year ago that Cutler flipped out because the coach may have possibly talked to someone about potnetially entering tentative talks about a prospective trade.  In stark contrat Orton has taken the first round drafting of Tebow and the signing of another first round drafted qb as an opportunity to show his worth.

He has done what he always has done.  He has played his game, and kept his name out of the headlines.  If he keeps it up it may take dynamite to get out of the starting job.

Since: Aug 13, 2010
Posted on: August 21, 2010 10:56 pm

Broncos make brilliant move with Orton

I totally agree with you gloine36. Many people have hated on Orton since he arrived in Denver, and always felt that we could do better. Orton showed his toughness all last season, showed calmness and respect to the team as they traded for Quinn, showed calmness and respect even when Tebow was drafted, and showed even more calmness and respect as Elvis Dumerville got his mega contract. No he's no gun slinger but he is a winner. He reminds me of Kurt Warner bc of his toughness, never quit attitude, and willingness to do anything to win. I can't wait for the Broncos to become one of the top 10 top 5 teams in the NFL again. Like you said earlier Orton needs help bc he can't do it alone.

We really need our running game to step up and keep opposing defense's honest. I hope Orton proves everyone against him wrong bc he's really a stand up guy.

Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: August 21, 2010 4:23 pm

Broncos make brilliant move with Orton

I have to say that Kyle Orton is growing on me. He isn't a flashy gunslinger QB like Plummer and Cutler, and he certainly isn't putting the fear of John Elway into the opposition, but he can throw the ball accurately. More importantly, he can move the chains through the air. The hallmark of the great Broncos teams of the late 90s was the running of the ball. They were going to score points through the air or on the ground. They made the other teams play Keep Up.
I think once the ground game is firmly established and the defense stops opposing teams, then the Broncos will dominate again. I really think the defense is going to be the key to everything. If they can play good, then the Broncos will score enough to win. Orton won't be pressed to win the game through the air by himself which is what he can't do. He can win the games with a balanced drive, but trying to come from behind and down 3 TD's is pretty hard to do.

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