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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 23, 2011 4:43 pm

Report: Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

Gives the Chiefs and this strong receiving group a chance to continue to grow and develop this season and possibly win a couple more games and stay in the hunt for a division title that might go to a .500 team. I agree with the low risk and high reward no brain move the Chiefs made here in spite of it costing them a couple million more then they had to spend this season. Signs of not being cheap is at least something KC fans can like about this move...

Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 4:38 pm

Report: Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

Orton is a better fit for the Chiefs and Bowe will rellish the up side of all this! As for the Bears Hanie will make a name for himself and up his value after this stint! Watch he is better then everyone is thinking!

Since: Apr 3, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2011 4:30 pm

Report: Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

Yeah not like this could've happened BEFORE the Chiefs faced the Pats..nahhhh give NE the layup with Palko.

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 4:29 pm
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Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2011 4:27 pm

Report: Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

Heheheheheheh, all day I hear, Chicago Chicago Chicago........  But I kinda felt this was gonna be what happened with the Cassel injury, and us being in the top 10 on the waiver list.  Hopefully he keeps us competitive for the rest of the year, and then possibly either replaces Cassel, or stays as a mentor to a high draft pick QB.  Either way, low risk, high potential reward move, well done Chiefs!

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2011 4:20 pm

Report: Chiefs claim Kyle Orton off waivers

I am not sure if I am happy about this, but I believe Orton will be the Chiefs QB next year. I just do not know...Ihope, but...

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