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Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

Posted on: November 23, 2011 4:17 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2011 5:22 pm
Orton, Tebow

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Kyle Orton and the Bears won’t be reunited after all. Rapid Reporter Bob Gretz has confirmed an ESPN report that the Chiefs have claimed him off waivers from the Broncos.

Which makes perfect sense for Kansas City. Considering Matt Cassel is out for the season and Tyler Palko wasn’t great (but not completely terrible) last Monday against the Patriots -- he went 24 for 37 for 230 yards, three interceptions and a 48.3 rating in a 34-3 loss -- the Chiefs obviously feel like Orton gives them a chance to compete for the AFC West title.

Where they’re competing against (surprise!) the Broncos for a potential division championship. The two squads will face each other Jan. 1 in Kansas City in a contest that could have major playoff implications, especially if Tim Tebow continues to lead Denver to wins and Orton can reinvigorate the Chiefs. Entering this week, the Raiders are 6-4 to lead the AFC West, but the Broncos are 5-5 and are followed by the 4-6 Chiefs and Chargers.

The Tebow, Orton eras begin ...
So, basically, the entire division is up for grabs.

For those who wonder if Orton would decline to travel to Kansas City to fulfill his obligations, I think you can safely close the door on those thoughts. Don’t you think he would vastly enjoy ruining the Broncos season for his new team’s own benefit?

Yet, that’s also what makes this transaction strange. The Broncos must have known there was an awfully good chance the Chiefs would claim Orton -- I mean, John Elway probably watched that Monday night game and saw what Palko means to that team , right? -- if they waived him. Since Orton will be a free agent after this season, there’s a decent chance he’ll sign elsewhere in the offseason, and that means the Chiefs could win a compensatory draft pick* if they lose him.

*Can you imagine if the Chiefs beat the Broncos, expose Tim Tebow, win the AFC West and THEN get a mid-round draft pick for him?

On the Denver side, Tebow, who knocked Orton out of the starting quarterback role, seemed happy for his former colleague.

"Congratulations to him,” Tebow said, via the Denver Post. “That’ll be fun to play him the last game of the year."

But won’t Orton have a big advantage in knowing what kind of offense the Broncos run and the signals they use? After all, Orton ran that offense for the first five games of the season.

"Obviously he knows it pretty well, so he could probably give away a few things,” Tebow said. “But I think we’ll be OK.”

The Bears and Cowboys also made waiver claims on Orton, meaning that even if the Chiefs didn’t win him, Orton would be traveling to Dallas now based on the waiver order. What’s interesting about the claim made by the Cowboys -- who obviously have a starting quarterback named Tony Romo but have a backup in Jon Kitna who has a balky back -- is that it smells like Dallas claimed him simply to block Chicago from getting him.

That’s because the two teams will battle for one of the NFC wild card spots, and the Cowboys know as well as anybody that Chicago would have a better chance of accomplishing that if it played Orton instead of Caleb Hanie.

Meanwhile, the Bears announced that Jay Cutler underwent thumb surgery Wednesday and should begin rehab “within the next few days.” Chicago will still have Hanie starting this week and the forseeable future, though the team also announced that it’s signed Josh McCown to a one-year deal Wednesday. Not quite as exciting as landing Orton. But it’s something, I suppose.

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Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 6:42 pm

Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

Numbers don't lie thats why 2 completions in one win and going 3 and out several times while starting out in their own territory is not going to continue to work and the defense has won most if not all of these games lately. Only managing 50 yards and 3 points on offense in the first 55 minutes isn't above average or even a strategy. Is John Elway a biased fan?

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: November 25, 2011 9:34 pm

Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

It's pathetic for anyone to get all excited and optimistic about a QB that was just displaced by Tebow and is what most consider average at best.
It's even more pathetic to continue to insist that a QB who has been markedly above average is "average". Numbers don't lie. Tape doesn't lie. Biased fanboys lie.

Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: November 25, 2011 11:25 am

Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

I am not a KC lover but they did not get the guy they need. He may be the best available, which isn't saying a lot, but too much QB swapping makes the team uneasy.  Just ask the Broncos.  How many QB"s have they had in the last half dozen years? The best teams are those with the most settled team membership, coaching and QB.

Since: Oct 22, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 5:20 am

Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

As a Raiders fan, that's awesome news. So what will be the excuse when he doesn't get it done in KC? That's fine by me, we got the AFC West wrapped-up this year fellas.

Since: Feb 17, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2011 7:58 pm

Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

Oh yeah, we'll see soon if Orton is going to be an asset to the Chiefs. I really don't think he will. It's pathetic for anyone to get all excited and optimistic about a QB that was just displaced by Tebow and is what most consider average at best. Come on folks, stop acting like a bunch of Raider fans.

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: November 24, 2011 2:41 pm

Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

Orton has a good game every now and then, but I still think he has little chance of bringing any wins to KC. That's why he got benched in Denver of all places. If he can't play QB for the Donks, then as a professional QB he's got problems.
Orton didn't get benched because he can't get it done. He was struggling, yes, but Denver's management finally decided to find out what the only QB on their roster they had signed past this year could do. Their season is over; they're not going to catch the Raiders. They did what Tebow's fans have been screaming about since day one: let him play.

I've heard a lot of stupid stuff about Orton over the past 3 months. He's a turnover machine (untrue); he's the worst QB in the league (untrue); he's average (untrue); he's to blame for the 1-4 start (untrue); etc. When people say this stuff, I'm left wondering why 4-1 and rooting for their favorite QB isn't enough, that they have to make stuff up about a guy who has been pure class and one of the lone bright spots on a terrible team for two years. I get the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately thing, which is why Orton's out and Tebow's in, but I don't get the need to drag a decent player through the mud in order to justify another.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: November 24, 2011 1:45 pm

Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

I sense flex game.

Since: Nov 6, 2011
Posted on: November 24, 2011 1:20 pm

Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

This is a great move by KC! Orton was never given the respect he deserved in Chicago. In my opinion he was the reason the Bears made the playoffs in in the 06 season...sure he didn't light the world on fire, but he played smart and protected the ball.  He has only gotten better with time and now has a chance for a little redemption. KC and the Bears meet in the Superbowl this wouldn't that be funny! BTW, I am a Bears fan... so obviously you can see I like to dream.

Since: Feb 28, 2008
Posted on: November 24, 2011 12:09 pm

Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

Well for what it's worth that's my opinion, I agree we need to improve the O-line but fact is Cassel does hold on to the ball too long and I don't see him as a 'natural' QB, it all seams a bit too much of a chore to him. I would love to draft a RG111 or one of the other 'top four' QB's i'm just not confident Pioli would pull the trigger on a 1st round QB. I still haven't made my mind up on Hunt or Pioli, they make all the right noise with regards to being commited to winning but i'm not sure how being tens of millions under the cap supports this. I 100% agree that the Tebow option offense won't continue to be successful so he'll to evlove into a more accurate passer to continue to be successful in the league. I love Von Miller and only wish the Chiefs could of drafted him, him with Elvis Dummerville will always give you a solid pass rush and the D is playing much better, my main worry for Bronco's would be how serious are they going to take the option offense, if they draft to support it I see them being in serious trouble as I don't see it being long success.

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2011 11:55 am

Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

I think this was a good move, to let Tebow know they are vested in him for at least the rest of the year.  I think the Broncos are making a strong statement that they are giong to make some very bold moves at QB this offseason, whether it be go full force ahead with Tebow, or draft one of the top 3 (1 of which will not be available to them).

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