A question was put to the Denver Post's Jeff Legwold this morning regarding a Kyle Orton-for-Carson Palmer trade. The actual question was "Could the Broncos trade Kyle Orton for Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer? And would they have to give up more than Orton to acquire Palmer?"
Now, I know, Palmer already wears an orange jersey, so that move wouldn't be so big. And I can also see why he wants out of the AFC North Division, where he has to see the Steelers and the Ravens defenses twice a year. That alone shows he is a smart guy.
When I first read this article, I was amazed that there would even be someone asking that question. Then, as I read some of the other crazy scenarios regarding trading Orton, trading Tebow, etc, it seemed a natural progression, since Palmer is wanting out of Cincinnati.
In answer to the question Legwold answers "The Broncos are serious when they say Orton will enter training camp as their starting quarterback. By saying that, they're not trying to improve Orton's value for a potential trade". This has been the speculation in several articles and a whole load of comments on B/R as well as other Broncos and NFL blogs recently.
Dos this mean that Legwold is absolutely right? No, but he does have a lot more inside information and credibility then most of us lay people.
As he goes further into this issue, Mr. Legwold writes "Right now, they think Orton gives them the best opportunity to do that. It has nothing to do with whether they like Tebow, a first-round pick in the 2010 draft and a former Heisman Trophy winner. Everyone who knows Tebow likes the way he conducts himself."
Do you think the Broncos will make a QB trade before the start of the 2011 season?
I found that a telling comment because there seems to be such a perception that QB decisions here in Denver will be made on a popularity basis. From this comment, I really don't think that will happen.
Legwold goes on to make what I thought was one of the most insightful comments "The Broncos are making a football decision at quarterback, not a personality decision. Each quarterback on the Denver roster—Orton, Tebow and Brady Quinn—will have an opportunity to win the starting job."
Legwold then explains that the Bengals organization is not in the habit of trading players just because they ask to be, something that some Denver sports franchises don't seem to agree with.
My take on all this is that the rumors will continue to fly about Orton, Tebow and just about everyone else on the Broncos roster. But until the CBA is settled, nothing can or will happen.
So, like it or not, the current QB depth chart looks like this: Orton, Tebow, Quinn.
Just one Broncos fan(atic)'s opinion.