The Denver Broncos Show Confidence In Orton, Sign Him To an Extension

Dustin MaulContributor IAugust 19, 2010

ENGLEWOOD, CO - AUGUST 05:  Quarterback Kyle Orton #8 of the Denver Bronocs takes part in practice during training camp at Dove Valley on August 5, 2010 in Englewood, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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It was widely believed that Orton, who only had 1 year left on his contract, would play out the year, and the Broncos would either trade him, or Franchise Tag him. Not wanting to make a long term commitment.

Today the Denver Broncos proved those speculations wrong.

The Denver Broncos signed quarterback Kyle Orton to a one-year contract extension that will pay him roughly $9 million in 2011.

Orton was set to become an unrestricted free agent after this year.

Last year Orton completed 336-of-541 passes, a completion percentage of 62.1 -- for 3,802 yards with 21 touchdowns and 12 interceptions for an 86.8 passer rating. It was the sixth-most passing yards for a season in team history, and he tied a club record , alongside John Elway -- with 10 games with a passer rating of at least 90.0 that tied for fifth in the NFL for the year. His 2.2 interception percentage ranked third in team history and sixth in the NFL for the 2009 season.

In his five seasons in the NFL, Orton has thrown for 9,121 yards and 51 touchdowns.

"I’m eager to get this season started and will do whatever I can to help this team be successful," Orton said.

"I am excited to announce that we have agreed on an extension of Kyle Orton’s contract," McDaniels said. "His leadership and knowledge of the offense have enabled him to have a solid offseason and training camp, and we are collectively looking forward to the 2010 season."

"I really enjoy playing for the Denver Broncos as well as being part of this organization and this community," said Orton, whose 29-19 career record as a starting quarterback ranks eighth in the NFL among active players. "This is the place that my wife and I definitely want to be. Considering the labor environment, I’m aware of how difficult it was to get this deal done and am extremely appreciative of all of the hard work and support from (General Manager) Brian Xanders and Coach McDaniels during this process."

In other Bronco news, according to, "The Denver Broncos are in the process of signing free agent linebacker Worrell Williams, standout linebacker D.J. Williams' brother, according to an NFL source with knowledge of the situation."

Worrell Williams is a 6-foot, 250-pound former California Redwoods player who was an honorable-mention All-Pac-10 selection at the University of California as a senior.

He went undrafted last year out of Cal-Berkeley and tried out for the San Francisco 49ers, but wasn't signed.

Williams finished his career with 246 tackles, ranking 11th on Cal's all-time list