(The Spread) – It appears as though the Kyle Orton-to-Miami trade talks are officially dead.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Broncos are not going to trade Orton this year and he will be their starting quarterback in 2011. Schefter used to serve as the Broncos beat writer before becoming the most plugged in media man in the NFL, so this report isn’t to be taken with a grain of salt.
At this point last week, it appeared as though Orton would be a Dolphin this season. But the 28-year-old quarterback out of Purdue was unwilling to take a salary cut and the deal fell apart. Considering Denver owes him $2.9 million in salary on top of a $1.5 million roster bonus (and the fact that he becomes a free agent next year), it was probably a smart move by Orton financially. But was it the best move for his career not to take a salary cut? That’s debatable seeing as how Tim Tebow is waiting in the wings.
Speaking of Tebow, it looks like he’ll have to wait another year before he gets his shot at being a full-time starter in Denver. This will certainly disappoint many fans, but at least Tebow will have the chance to grasp the new offense that is being installed in Denver, as well as impress new head coach John Fox with his work ethic. There’s always the possibility that Orton could play himself out of the starting lineup or get hurt. (The latter being unfortunate, of course…well I guess both would be unfortunate for Orton.)
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bodog, the Broncos are 80/1 long shots to win the 2012 Super Bowl and are 40/1 long shots to win the AFC Conference this season. Denver is largely in rebuilding mode and it could take Fox a year or two to get the personnel that he wants to right the ship.