Kyle Orton Waived; Will Bears Be Interested?

(CBS) Quarterback Kyle Orton was waived by the Denver Broncos Tuesday, opening the door for a possible return to the Bears.

With Jay Cutler being shelved with a broken thumb, the Bears are in need of a quarterback to backup Caleb Hanie. Orton would be a more than suitable backup and could even start if Hanie falters.

The Bears drafted Orton in the fourth-round of the 2005 NFL Draft. The quarterback started 33 games for the Bears over three seasons, with his best year coming in 2008 when he threw for 18 touchdowns and 2,972 yards. He was traded to the Broncos in 2009 for Cutler.

Even if the Bears are interested though, Orton may not be available to the Bears. The quarterback will go on waivers and every team with a worse record than the Bears will have an opportunity to claim him first.

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  • Dave, the real Dave

    I say we give Orkman’s agent a call, why the hell not. He can back up Hanie.

  • Chris in Scottsdale

    Well, if he clears waivers down to the Bears, I can’t fathom them passing on him. While he doesn’t have the experience with Martz he is a competent passer and would be just good enough to keep defenses from stacking 8-man fronts, right?

    He’s not being brought in to work miracles- he’s being brought in to play (hopefully) six weeks, or longer if Cutler heals slowly. I’d feel far better with Orton at the helm rather than Hanie- and that’s not an indictment of Hanie.

    Beyond that, I’m mystified by the fact that they released him with Matt Cassell out, and Tyler Palko ringing up just a FG against a bad Patriots defense- unless they know something.

    I guess it comes down to whether he falls that far in the waiver process – and I don’t know the tiebreaker process as Houston and Chicago have identical records. Can a player refuse to report to a team if they claim him off waivers, and if so, what is the process that would need to take place in order for him to come to Chicago?

  • Denver Deadite

    Wow, and just yesterday I joked about the Bears trading for Neckbeard (knowing full well they cannot since the trade deadline is long past).

    I didn’t see this coming.

  • Tyler

    Chris, Orton was in Denver, not Kansas City. As far as the waiver process goes, Houston would have the right to him first, because their strength of schedule is weaker than Chicago’s is.

    • Chris in Scottsdale

      I know that Orton was in Denver. However, to release Orton to the waiver system is to allow KC an instant upgrade at QB- that’s what I was referring to.

  • Cameltoe Rancher

    I was wondering the same (as Chris). Thanks Tyler! Is the tougher schedule measured by total opponent wins, or perhaps the total defeated opponent wins? Or something else? Just curious, if you knew.

  • Jacob Goehl

    I really liked that Ortman guy….

  • lamont

    If Orton does come back to Da Bears, the neckbeard must make a comeback too.

  • Oatmealy Guillen

    You read my mind LAmont! BY CRACKIE!!!


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