Kyle Orton against the Chiefs. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Kyle Orton's Next Team

In my book, Kyle Orton is as good as gone.

After five full seasons in the NFL with the last season being his best, Orton is looking to start under center. If he stays with the Broncos, he expects to start. If he leaves Denver, he’s counting on a starting job.

There are too many teams that are currently in code blue at the quarterback position, and with 3,653 passing yards, 20 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions in 13 games, Kyle Orton is on the Broncos biggest poster advertising a trade. He’s top-notch leverage in securing more early draft picks or a big name in the fee agent market.

The Broncos’ scales have undoubtedly tipped in the direction of Tim Tebow. He appears to be their football player of the future. Whether or not he guides the Broncos to success as a quarterback remains to be seen. It would be nice to have someone like Orton waiting behind the scenes to guide the young QB or to be an available replacement in case he gets hurt. That’s not in the realm of possibilities, however.

With that said, the teams in dire need of a starting quarterback include the Vikings, Cardinals, Dolphins, Panthers, and Redskins.

Other teams that could use Orton include the 49ers, Titans and perhaps the Raiders.

Orton will be packing his bags for his third team in four seasons, and it’s not necessarily because of under-performance issues. The problem is Orton is a mid to high level quarterback that hasn’t found the right fit to translate his numbers on the field into wins for his team.

To be quite honest, I would be scared of the Raiders if he went there. They’re pretty much a quarterback short of being a very good team. They’ve got the run game established, and some key pieces on their defense. One good head coach, one good quarterback, and an Al Davis that is a little more hands-off would be the best medicine for that team.

Any thoughts out there in Bronco Country? Where do you think Orton will end up?

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  • Greg

    I agree. Orton’s done here. He’s made it known that he wants a starting job, and truthfully, with his numbers, he deserves one. That said, I think the Vikings are a frontrunner for Orton, and now that Luck has declared he will be staying at Stanford, I think the Panthers trade interest in Orton has just jumped. He could be quite successful with both of these programs, both have established run games but have no game through the air. Orton could easily find himself with either team, and I wish him all the luck in the future.

  • Kim Constantinesco

    I think the Panthers go after him hardcore.

  • jhawk

    Orton may be a talented QB, but teams will be asking if he was a product of McDaniels’ system, like Cassel. A team desperate enough will certainly trade for him. But teams will be careful wondering to themselves if Orton is a permanent solution or a quick fix. Quick fixes may not be worth a second rounder.