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Chiefs Awarded QB Kyle Orton Off Waivers

The Chiefs have been awarded QB Kyle Orton on waivers, taking him away from Chicago, a team that it appeared wanted to reunite with their old QB.

Adam Brandt of the National Football Post reports the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears put in waiver claims on Orton, but the Chiefs were higher on the waiver wire order and were awarded his rights.

The Chiefs lost starting quarterback Matt Cassel to a season-ending hand injury, placing him on injured reserve before Monday night’s 34-3 loss to the New England Patriots. Journeyman Tyler Palko made his first NFL start that night, completing 24-of-37 pass attempts for 230 yards and three interceptions.

Orton was earning a $4.5 million base salary from the Broncos, which has $1.588 million remaining over the final six weeks of the regular season. Barring a contract extension, Orton will be an unrestricted free agent in 2012.

The 4-6 Chiefs are two games behind the Oakland Raiders in the AFC West and host the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday before back-to-back road games against the Bears and New York Jets. The Chiefs return to Arrowhead to host the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers before closing out their regular season schedule with a home game against the Raiders and a road game against Orton’s former team, the Broncos.

A 2004 fourth-round pick out of Purdue by the Chicago Bears, Orton started 33 games over five seasons with the Bears, completing 55.3 percent of 913 pass attempts for 5,319 yards with 30 touchdowns and 27 interceptions. Traded to the Denver Broncos as part of the Jay Cutler trade, Orton started 33 games, completed over 60 percent of his pass attempts and for 8,434 yards with 49 touchdowns and 28 interceptions.

For his career, Orton has started 66 of 67 games, completed 1,225-of-2,107 pass attempts for 13,753 yards with 79 touchdowns and 55 interceptions.

Orton, 29, opened 2011 as the Broncos’ starting quarterback, completing 58.7 percent of 155 pass attempts for 979 yards with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions, but was replaced by 2010 first-round pick Tim Tebow following Denver’s 1-4 start to the season.

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2 Responses to “Chiefs Awarded QB Kyle Orton Off Waivers”

  1. KcChiefsBoosterFanMan says:

    Alright Chiefs – I think Orton is a step up from Matt Cassel. I hope the coachs make the necessary OL changes as well. Bring David Mims up and lets get back on track. Go Chiefs.

  2. Ghost Of Kyle Orton says:

    Thanks for creating a blog you don’t have to go threw hell and high water just to post!

    I am a Broncos fan, but I confess, I can’t stand most Broncos fans but, that’s another subject.

    Kyle Orton.

    I believe both Chicago and Denver made a big mistake letting Kyle Orton go. The NFL today is driven on ‘hype and marketing’ which doesn’t always translate to good play by the players they ‘sell’ to the public. M. Vick comes to mind.

    If Chicago can get to the playoffs with their second string qb I think that will speak volumes for the over the top deal Chicago made for Cutler.

    Tim Tebow (lol)

    I like Tebow BUT the Broncos should have held back from the pressure the fans and media put on the organization to start Tebow. You may say, “but he’s winning.” Well, much to many Broncos fans chagrin, those wins come with HUGE disclaimers.

    Tebow should have thanked KO for taking the roughest part of their schedule while the team had major injuries on both sides of the ball. Had the Broncos started Tebow in week one it probably would have been Orton who came in at half time during the Chargers game.

    By the time the Miami game rolled around the Broncos had all of their starters back. Both Oakland and the Jets tried to do what Detroit did to Tebow BUT neither defense has the speed the Lions do. The Dallas Cowboys during the preseason has the best game plan to stop Tebow and, they did it with third stringers.

    To stop Tebow all a team has to do is ‘defend the line of scrimmage’. The Cowboy’s DC said to the Broncos OC we’ll give Tebow more time to throw for a first down BUT we will not allow him to rush for one. The way to beat Tebow is to ONLY rush three linemen the rest of the defense stays put at the line of scrimmage EXECPT for those defenders playing man covering ANY receiver (including TE’s and RB’s) Tebow. Tebow either throws the ball away, makes a bad pass or gets sacked or tackled for a 1 yrd gain. NEVER blitz Tebow. He’s no Peyton Manning. Soon as the rest of the NFL catches on Broncos fans will be whining for yet another qb. I’m not sure when the qb carousel will ever end in Denver.

    Back to Kyle Orton
    Kyle Orton is a VERY accurate QB. He has arm strength that he doesn’t get credit for. He understands the position and EVERY position on offense and knows the playbook like the back of his hand. If you have a running and your O line can pass block within reason, KO is a great play action qb.

    I too think Orton is an upgrade to Cassel. However, get a running game, some receivers and some pass protection theb ENJOY the two qb’s battle for a starting job.

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