Reports from The Denver Post (via nfl.com) suggest that Kyle Orton is now officially on the trading block for a second-round pick.
That, of course, means that Denver has decided to move forward with Tim Tebow as its starting QB in 2011.
Recent comments from Tebow (I can't wait to get the new playbook) and Orton (I don't know what is going to happen, but I'm expecting to go to a team as the starter) support the Denver Post article.
That, of course, leaves the question of who will be the interested takers for Orton's services and who would want to invest a second-round pick in him.
I would rate Kyle Orton as a sure passer that can move the chains between the twenties. He does not make many mistakes.
He is capable of putting up big numbers but struggles with the game on the line on third downs and in the red zone because he lacks creativity and the courage to improvise when plays break down.
Therefore, he needs a strong running game to support him and the big target receiver (Brandon Marshall) that can make plays out of nothing.
That could lead to the following interested teams.
Where is Orton the best fit ?
The Vikings are going to be a more run-oriented team without Brett Favre. With Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart they have the muscle to do so. Even if they were going to lose Sidney Rice, they still have a strong group of receivers and playmakers for Orton to go to. As the team is in transition with a young head coach, they would probably really like to have Mr. Reliable behind center.
With all the troubles this team has had at the QB position in 2010, they need a sure thing behind center. They have the running game and top receivers, and I don't think Larry Fitzgerald can wait for one of their young QBs to develop.
San Francisco 49ers
They too have everything in place—they just need that fail-safe QB to win the division. However, with Joe Montana and Steve Young as part of the history, I think it will be hard for fans to live with Orton.
Unless Vince Young returns, I think Orton could just be the right medicine in Tennessee. They have CJ2K and need a solid, not stellar, passing game to open up the running game.
Other teams are in QB need, but I think they need another kind of QB: Seattle Seahawks (a young QB for Pete Carroll to groom), Oakland Raiders (a leader and playmaker), Jacksonville Jaguars (need to go younger), Carolina Panthers (will draft Andrew Luck but could be a dark horse if they decide to trade down), Buffalo Bills (Orton would not be a big upgrade), Miami Dolphins (the owner wants more flash) and Washington Redskins (Mike Shanahan needs his young QB)
I think with the one-year extension of Orton's contract this has been the plan all along in Denver. The Denver Broncos will move forward with Tim Tebow and a new head coach that will know how to get the most out him.
I really hope that Kyle Orton lands that long-term deal with a team that wants to make good use of what he does best. With a strong running game, I really think Orton could excel.