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With Garrard out, Orton could be option in OAK

Posted on: October 17, 2011 5:13 pm
GarrardPosted by Josh Katzowitz

The options for the Raiders to solidify their quarterback position in the wake of losing Jason Campbell for the season with a broken collarbone is dwindling, but the Denver Post is reporting that another might have appeared quite quickly if the Broncos decide to trade Kyle Orton to Oakland.

It seems quite clear that Bengals owner Mike Brown is refusing to trade his former star Carson Palmer, and now, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer has the report that David Garrard -- who’s just been kind of hanging around after the Jaguars surprisingly cut him in the preseason -- needs immediate surgery on a herniated disk in his back.

But the Denver Post, via the Contra Costa Times, is reporting that an unnamed source has said the Broncos would be willing to trade Orton to the Raiders for a draft pick. Which makes sense if Denver is willing to go all-in with Tim Tebow (and at this point, why not?).

The news on Garrard is somewhat surprising, since we all kind of figured Garrard was just sitting back and waiting for the exact right offer to come to him.

Garrard supposedly could have gone to Miami after Chad Henne suffered a season-ending injury, but instead he declined, because as a Miami Herald source pointed out, “he simply didn't feel like playing right now. Garrard apparently talked to the team and showed no great desire to play. He is, according to this version of the story, quite content sitting out this season, spending time with his family, and hitting free agency next March.”

So, what now? Well, if Oakland could get Orton for a relatively cheap price, it probably should go for it. Even if it means the Raiders basically would be sitting out the 2012 draft.

But in order not to play Kyle Boller or Terrelle Pryor – or, for that matter, punter Shane Lechler – that might be worth it.

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Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2011 7:10 pm

With Garrard out, Orton could be option in OAK

as a skins fan, we'll GIVE you rex grossman, under one condition....

you have to take kyle shanahan too.

Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: October 17, 2011 6:06 pm

With Garrard out, Orton could be option in OAK

I think lechler might be the best choice here

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: October 17, 2011 5:31 pm

With Garrard out, Orton could be option in OAK

Or make a push for Donavan McNabb, he did well with big receivers with speed....he doesnt underthrow on his deep ball, so he would fit perfectly with these track athletes that they have in Oakland....Minnesota would then get a chance for Christian Ponder to play(even tho he shouldnt)...This would almost guarantee playoffs for the raiders....look at how well anthony armstrong did with McNabb....speed + McNabb equals production

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