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Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 11/23/2011

Kyle Orton goes to Kansas Chiefs on waiver claim (updated)


Kyle Orton is going to Kansas City. (Doug Pensinger / Getty Images)
Updated at 4:10 p.m.

And Kyle Orton goes to ... the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs chose to claim the quarterback off waivers with Matt Cassel on the injured reserve list and Tyler Palko leading them to all of three points against the New England Patriots’ defense Monday night. ESPN first reported the news. Andrew Brandt reports that two other teams, the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears, put in waiver claims.

The 4-6 Chiefs close out the season with an AFC West game against Orton’s old team, the Denver Broncos, on Jan. 1.

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Just where will Kyle Orton play? Suddenly, a number of teams could use help at quarterback and his destination isn’t expected to be known until 4 p.m.

That’s when he’ll be awarded on waivers with priority based on team records. The order, via Pro Football Talk:

(1) Colts; (2) Panthers; (3) Rams; (4) Vikings; (5) Cardinals; (6) Redskins; (7) Jaguars; (8) Dolphins; (9) Chiefs; (10) Browns; (11) Eagles; (12) Chargers; (13) Seahawks; (14) Buccaneers; (15) Titans; (16) Bills; (17) Jets; (18) Broncos; (19) Giants; (20) Raiders; (21) Bengals; (22) Cowboys; (23) Falcons; (24) Saints; (25) Texans; (26) Ravens; (27) Steelers; (28) Patriots; (29) Lions; (30) Bears; (31) 49ers; and (32) Packers.

Claims are confidential.

The front-runner, presumably, would seem to be the Chicago Bears, the team that traded Orton to Denver for Jay Cutler in 2009, but there’s no guarantee that another team won’t swoop in and take him before Chicago at the 30th pick.

ESPN Chicago reports that the Bears intend to put in a waiver claim for Orton, who was released by the Broncos on Tuesday. ESPN reported that Orton, who’d lost his job to Tim Tebow, had requested his release when Cutler broke his thumb Sunday. Cutler will have surgery today in Vail, Colo., but the Bears hope he’ll play again this season.

The Bears, according to the Chicago Tribune, might choose to wait out the waiver process, given their 30th spot. That way they could negotiate their own deal with him, rather than taking on a contract that would pay him $2.58 million over the last six games.

The Kansas City Chiefs, who started Tyler Palko on Monday night against New England with Matt Cassel out for the season, have interest — and it may be growing.

The Houston Texans lost Matt Schaub for the season because of a Lisfranc injury, but will start Matt Leinart, with T.J. Yates as backup. The Texans added former Redskins No. 3 Kellen Clemens

Speaking of the Redskins, one former player thinks Washington should put in a claim.

The Miami Dolphins might interested, but opted not to trade for him this summer.

The Indianapolis Colts, one might think, could be in the market for a quarterback. But they explored a trade for Orton in preseason, with Peyton Manning hurt, and chose to instead lure Kerry Collins out of retirement. The Colts reportedly aren’t likely to make a run at Orton now. When a team is in the driver’s seat to take Andrew Luck with the No. 1 pick, why mess with that?

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