Curses, curses, curses. The Chicago Bears' plans to add Kyle Orton were derailed Wednesday when Kansas City claimed the veteran quarterback.
The good news for Orton is that he can start again and even play against his ex-teammates (Jan. 1). And the bad? He's not going to Chicago, and that's disappointing for Orton and the Bears.
His addition made too much sense not to happen ... except that Kansas City got in the way. With the Chiefs ahead of Chicago in the waiver process, their claim was accepted first ... which means the Bears will stick it out with Caleb Hanie and Josh McCown, whom they just signed as his backup.
Dallas reportedly also put in a claim for Orton.
The move means Orton goes to a club that just lost Matt Cassel for the season and started Tyler Palko this week. If you watched Palko and the Chiefs vs. New England, you know why they'd be interested in making a change at the position.
But the Chiefs are all but out of the playoff picture, so the move to Orton is insignificant -- or, it's insignificant compared to what could've happened in Chicago. Orton quarterbacked the Bears three seasons ago and was extremely popular with teammates, some of whom are still there.
He could've stepped in tomorrow and quarterbacked that offense. Instead, he's going to Kansas City, where the Chiefs try to put the brakes on a three-game skid. Too bad. It all seemed so perfect.
Well, look at this way: Orton still could play in Chicago. The Chiefs move to Soldier Field Dec. 4 to take on the Bears.