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Pioli Says Chiefs Want QB Kyle Orton Back in 2012

Chiefs GM Scott Pioli refused to say Friday whether the Chiefs have interest in Peyton Manning, though the general manager said discussions have taken place with free agent quarterback Kyle Orton to provide competition for Matt Cassel.

“It sounds like Kyle would like to be with us. We told Kyle that we’d like to continue to work with him,” Pioli said. “Now it’s just a matter of seeing if things arrive at the right place. It’s not always about whether we want a player or the players want to be here.”

Orton was acquired by the Chiefs off waivers from the Broncos after Cassel hurt his throwing hand last season. Cassel wound up on injured reserve, and Orton played well the final three weeks of the season, knocking off the Packers along with his former team.

Pioli was criticized for not having enough depth at quarterback last season, and he’s vowed that there will be competition for the starting job in training camp. But he also said that Cassel is expected to be the starter, assuming he’s fully recovered.

“I wouldn’t say its open, I’d say Matt’s our starting quarterback,” he said. “I know there’s a lot of focus on the quarterback competition, but I want to be clear on this: What we’ve said is we’re going to have competition at every position, including the quarterback position.”


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