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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
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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: May 24, 2010
Posted on: November 24, 2011 2:39 am
 

Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

Denver is a trainwreck of a team fueled by foolish hype of a total bust named Tebow. They'll wish  they had Orton back when they realize having your QB throw for 40% and struggling to reach 150 yards doesn't quite cut it at the pro level.
You are spot on, I am surprised you don't have your own blog on this site or a site dedicated to you and your ramblings.  You pointed out all those stats and forgot to mention the one that most proves how bad he is, 4-1, that's his record as a starter, I mean god, if a guy can go 4-1 as a starter what is he doing in this league, what a bum! 

Back to reality, I am not sure he will keep it up but winning is the name of the game REGARDLESS of how it gets done, Vince Young did nothing but win as well so give me a guy who wins to lead my team, maybe not my fantasy football team though, ha!

This is a good change for Kyle Orton to show his stuff, I always thought he was a decent player and as others have said, this move really doesn't cost the Chiefs anything and they may benefit from it at the end of the year, now let's see how he plays one he gets into games, it certainly can't be worse than Tyler Palko right?



Since: Nov 24, 2011
Posted on: November 24, 2011 1:45 am
 

Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

This is a win-win for both the Chiefs and Orton. If he works out, great. They can then focus on getting help for both O line and D line.
If he doesn't fit, then they cut or trade him and still get picks. If he is the answer at QB, they can send Cassel packing and maybe sign a veteran free agent QB to back up Orton.



Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: November 24, 2011 1:02 am
 

Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

09 and 10 Orton was good for 60% completion, 3,500+ yards and a 2:1 ratio of TDs to INT. On a well coaches team with average talent he's fully able to continue putting up those numbers.

Denver is a trainwreck of a team fueled by foolish hype of a total bust named Tebow. They'll wish  they had Orton back when they realize having your QB throw for 40% and struggling to reach 150 yards doesn't quite cut it at the pro level.



Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2011 12:35 am
 

Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

The Chiefs travel to Denver on January 1.  I think we all remember what happened earlier this year when the Broncos humiliated the Chiefs in front of 75,000+ fans in Arrowhead. 



Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2011 9:12 pm
 

Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

Shoot me now.



Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2011 9:09 pm
 

Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

Man, why are the Chiefs fans on here saying anything about a good pickup? Fact is, Orton SUCKS. We'd be much better off saving our cash and trying to lure a good player to KC instead of putting a band-aid on a 5-11 season. Anyone who thinks we didn't just pick Denver's trash is delusional.

I suppose one "sucks" in the NFL by leading the league in passing for most of the year. I'd post the stats, but they must just be a product of the NFL's delusion. Sad.

BTW, all the Chiefs have to do is keep Orton until the end of the season, and they get a draft pick out of it if he leaves. I suppose that pick is a delusion, too.



Since: Sep 1, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2011 8:19 pm
 

Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

ok then





Since: Feb 17, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2011 8:16 pm
 

Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

Man, why are the Chiefs fans on here saying anything about a good pickup? Fact is, Orton SUCKS. We'd be much better off saving our cash and trying to lure a good player to KC instead of putting a band-aid on a 5-11 season. Anyone who thinks we didn't just pick Denver's trash is delusional.




Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2011 8:16 pm
 

Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

Tebow didn't "knock Orton out of the starting job". He was HANDED a starting job he didn't earn.  And now another player who crossed Tim Tebow has been punished.  See Chris Leak, Brandon Lloyd, Kyle Orton, etc.  If you cross the most divisive player in the league you will PAY. 



Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2011 7:58 pm
 

Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

True enough, but which offense went 1-4 and which went 4-1???


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