It’s just another day at Dove Valley for Kyle Orton.
With the Broncos telling everyone that they are in serious talks with Miami about trading Orton, nothing has happened yet. Everyone remains on the edge of their seats except, well, Kyle Orton. As reported by Mike Klis of the Denver Post, Orton will be taking reps with the first-team.
As of now, the Dolphins look to be the only viable landing strip for the veteran quarterback who the Broncos are willing to let leave in favor of giving Tim Tebow a run.
The hold-up with the trade doesn’t necessarily involve money. It involves the Broncos wanting a second or third round draft pick in the trade while the Dolphins think Orton is worth a fourth or a fifth round pick.
The Broncos’ offer sounds reasonable enough. Orton put up solid numbers last year and one of his receivers led the league in receiving. The Dolphins already have Brandon Marshall who Orton knows very well after playing a year in Denver together. Orton would also have a seemingly good ground game backing up his passing attack. The Dolphins just signed a two year contract with Reggie Bush. Additionally, Jake Long is a great left tackle whose primary job is to protect Orton’s back side.
The Dolphins currently have Chad Henne listed as their starter with one-time Broncos third stringer Tom Brandstater as the backup. In 2010, Henne passed for 3301 yards and 15 touchdowns, but he also threw 19 interceptions as he led the Dolphins to a 7-9 record.
If a deal does not go through with Miami, that doesn’t mean that Orton will be playing in Denver in 2011. As training camp and preseason games progress, teams are going to see whether or not they need help at quarterback. There’s also the chance that a starter gets injured, which would make Orton a very valuable guy to trade for.
The pace of change can be slow, but it’s inevitable. The Broncos want Tebow to be their starter.