Broncos cut QB Orton; exposing him to Raiders, Bears


Denver Broncos coach John Fox said he waived quarterback Kyle Orton on Tuesday, in part, so that Orton could catch on with another team and help that team down the road.
Left unsaid is whether Fox wants that team to be the Chicago Bears, given they just lost starting quarterback Jay Cutler to a thumb injury and play the Raiders on Sunday. The Broncos trail the Raiders by one game in the AFC West.
“We feel good about our quarterback group, and this gives Kyle an opportunity to help another team and showcase his talents,” Fox said.
First things first. Orton now is subject to the waiver process, which makes him available to the league’s 31 other teams for the next 24 hours, in reverse order of records.
For example, the Indianapolis Colts get first crack at Orton based on their 0-10 record. The 10-0 Green Bay Packers would get Orton only if they placed a claim and the 30 teams ahead of them passed.
Interestingly, the Raiders would get Orton before the Bears based upon Oakland’s 6-4 record, one game worse than the 7-3 Bears.
So, in theory, the Raiders could claim Orton as a means of preventing him from being claimed by the Bears. In that case, the Raiders would be liable for the remainder of his hefty salary this season — almost $500,000 per game — and forced to cut a player from their 53-man roster.
The smart money says, the Raiders pass on placing a claim on Orton. Some might say that the Raiders should want the Bears to get Orton because of how well they have fared against Orton in the past.
As of now, the Bears are poised to go with untested quarterack Caleb Hanie. Claiming Orton might give them a better option down the road, but the Bears would be hard-pressed to get Orton up to speed between now and the game Sunday.
Another interesting aspect to this situation involves the Broncos playing the Bears on Dec. 11. The Broncos surely would want to face the Bears with Hanie at quarterback, and not Orton. Or would they?
If nothing else, this makes for fun water-cooler talk on an off day for the Raiders. It will be interesting to hear coach Hue Jackson’s take Wednesday.

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    Does anyone think Seabass will make a kick off past the 35 yrd line on Sun ? Field posistion is a must!

  • raiderinparadise

    our team is banged up:

    seymour, houston, ford, moore, dhb, run dmc, taiwan all not practicing.

    how is moore hurt?! whats up with the foot injuries!?


  • silverback

    Briggs, Peppers & Urlacher will be the hardest test for our OL so far.
    Really looking forward to seeing how the o-line does. The Broncos and Chiefs front seven were playing well when we played them although the O was one dimensional at that time. As has been stated the O at this time presents problems for any D.


    With all the injuries going on , it’s ironic Chaz is still on the field …

  • raiderinparadise

    chaz is our healthiest WR? whhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa?

  • raiderinparadise

    protective foot boots are contagious on this team

  • DonManoukiansNeighbor

    300.raiderinparadise Says:
    November 23rd, 2011 at 10:27 am
    CorkOnTheNFL Steve Corkran
    Wide receiver Denarius Moore walks out to practice with right foot in protective boot. Not sure what’s up with him.
    2 minutes ago


    wtf is going on!!!???? were screwed.

    Chaz and murphy TJ looking to be starters

    DHB, ford, moore, all out of practice
    They are going to have to start sharing boots pretty soon. We will know when they are out when they start coming out to pratice in ski boots. Maybe we should just start having them practice in ski boots. Protective and work like ankle weights.

  • raiderinparadise

    Satele practicing 3 days after concusion. this guy is tough. always injured, always pushig himself.

  • fingers

    Weather in Oakland this Sunday :

    Cloudy and a balmy 68….

  • SilverAndBlackBleeder

    good grief…we should’ve cut one of the rookie tight ends and brought in Hagan…we’re extra thin at Wideout….Will the real Louis Murphy please stand up this week?! Keeping my fingers crossed on Chaz making it out of this next game healthy…..


    J Hill Says:
    November 23rd, 2011 at 9:43 am

    he still misses wide open down the field
    Something he has in common with JC. For a guy with above average arm strength, JC was incredibly inept at going deep.

    That was just one of his deficiencies.

    It’s pretty remarkable that after 3 weeks CP is able to go no huddle and call plays at the line of scrimmage quite effectively. The contrast with JC’s lazy audibles, wasting timeouts and delay of game penalties is striking.

    JC gave the Raids much needed professionalism and some stability at the QB postion after the JR debacle. In that sense, he certainly wasn’t part of the problem – but IMO he also clearly wasn’t going to be the long term solution either. Would have been interesting to see how he would have fared if he hadn’t gotten injured.

    I’m not a big CP fan. But I do believe he’s better than JC.

    Even with the dearth of quality NFL QB’s, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Campbell is unable to find a starting gig elsewhere in the NFL next year.

  • raidermarty

    I can’t remember a year when we’ve had so many injuries. This is freakin ridiculous man!

  • fingers

    I remember thinking not too longago that we were loaded with WR’s… Yikes!

  • hwnrdr

    I guess its a goo dthing we kept all those WR’s… but i agree with the post above…we should have cut one of the TE’s and kept Hagan!

  • fingers

    Were gonna need to use TE Kevin Boss even more this weekend….when he’s not pass blocking ..

  • hwnrdr

    315.fingers Says:
    November 23rd, 2011 at 10:46 am
    Were gonna need to use TE Kevin Boss even more this weekend….when he’s not pass blocking ..

    i hope Mr V has another exceptional game against the pass rush…this time Julius Peppers!

  • LA to TheBay

    Checking out our preseason game against Bears from last year. No Hanie. Forte was beasting though.

    We need to keep him and Knox in check.

    Wimbley was blowing up their LT time and again, though. Bring heat.

  • Hagan signed tuesday with the Bills

  • fingers

    Veldheers a monster….think he’ll be fine… What a player for us ..

  • raiderdav

    Seems someone has finally stand up to that joke of WARREN SAPP


  • silverback

    We don’t run 4 wides and reese can line up outside. It would be nice to have Dmac for this one if only to give Chicago something else to think about.


    All we need is for Bush to get injured and virtually every one of our top skill players will be injured or not playing.

    Losing DMAC, Ford, DHB, and Moore essentially wipes out the speed factor that makes this offense explosive.

    Going to have to be more of a ‘grind’ attack until these guys return.

  • raiderinparadise

    do we call …. gulp … NICK MILLER !!!!! lmao

  • fingers

    Yep, we have a bunch of fast guys with bad Wheels..

  • LA to TheBay

    Somebody did mention that Moore was limping around a bit after the game last Sunday.

    That’s a big blow.

    81, 18, 84 next men up.

    Dmac, please get healthy.

    Go to Israel and get that super secret rehab that Walker got a few years back.

  • raiderinparadise

    “grind attack” ? well what happens if bush gets hurt????? hand it off to tonga, reece and rock? were screwed.

  • joebaldi

    I disagree. The Raiders are trying to make the playoffs and Boller as the back up won’t cut it. Neither will Pryor yet. And at the end of the season, he can be traded for a dearly need draft pick if Pryor is coming along.

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  • RaiderSam

    Chiefs block Bears from getting Orton, so we’ll see him again up in Arrowhead. Doubt that Palko lasts as starter.