Seriously. The guy threw for more than 3,600 yards and 20 touchdowns in only 13 starts last season to compile the highest QB rating of his career — not to mention he orchestrated the Brandon Llyod renaissance — and what does he get? A backseat to the Tim Tebow show.
Earlier this week reports circulated that Orton was in talks with the Miami Dolphins but those negotiations may have hit a roadblock.
Now Aaron Fentress of The Oregonian is reporting former Carolina Panthers QB Matt Moore will sign a two-year deal with the Fins, which could signal the end of the Orton-to-South Beach talk. ESPN is now reporting Moore’s deal is worth $5 million.
Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald reported Friday that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is confident in incumbent Chad Henne’s abilities but will add another QB. If Moore is indeed headed to Miami, the Broncos may need to look elsewhere for a trade partner.
So where does this leave Orton? Right back in Denver — at least for the time being. On Thursday he practiced with the Broncos’ first team and out-performed Tebow and Brady Quinn.
(H/T Pro Football Talk)