John Fox and the Denver Broncos are reaping the rewards after making Tim Tebow their starting quarterback. And now they appear content to stick with the unorthodox passer with an uncanny ability to win games in the fourth quarter their long-term starter.
On Tuesday the Broncos waived former starter Kyle Orton, as first reported byESPN’s Adam Schefter, clearing the way for Tebow to keep doing his thing the rest of the 2011 season and beyond.
But what’s next for Orton, whose first season in Denver in 2009 produced a career year but was just 4-14 as a starter over the last two seasons?
Chicago Bears. With Jay Cutler sidelined for the foreseeable future with a broken thumb, a return to the Windy City seems a likely destination. But the $1.58 million Orton is owed for the remainder of the season might make him too pricey for Chicago to pick-up as a backup.
For now, the Bears appear content to let Caleb Hanie take Cutler’s place as the team looks to continue its push up the NFC playoff ladder.
Houston Texans. The Texans could also use a replacement at QB with Matt Schaub lost to a Lisfranc injury (potentially for the rest of the season) and the team pushing for its first NFC South division title. Who would you rather have leading your team in the playoffs: Orton or Matt Lienart?
Washington Redskins. The Redskins — a team whose quarterback carousel between Rex Grossman and John Beck has proven to be nothing short of a disaster — could also be in the mix. But with the season already lost, it would make more sense for Mike Shanahan and company to wait to address their QB needs in the draft. However, if the team elects to clean house at the position, having a capable veteran like Orton to help a rookie along would also make sense. (Of course the Redskins generally stay far away from sensibility.)
Kansas City Chiefs. They can’t be too ecstatic about what they saw from Tyler Palko in his Monday night debut against the Patriots. And with Matt Cassel likely done for the year, would it be worth adding Orton with the AFC West still up for grabs?
Where do you think Orton will end up?
(H/T Albert Breer)