Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton: Are Either of Them Part of the Denver Broncos Future?

Michael KellerAnalyst IIIMarch 23, 2011

DENVER - OCTOBER 24:  Quarterbacks Kyle Orton #8 and Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos look on from the bench during their 59-14 loss to the Oakland Raiders at INVESCO Field at Mile High on October 24, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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The NFL draft blogs and even Jim Rome have been gushing all day about the fact that the Broncos have interviewed and worked out up to seven potential QBs from this upcoming draft.

Considering what was invested in Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton, I find it very interesting that the new Broncos brain trust, (John Elway and John Fox) are looking at virtually every potential QB candidate to be drafted in the first five rounds of the 2011 NFL draft. This at a time when everyone seems to be clamoring for defensive help first, second and last.

Working out and interviewing potential Top 10 picks Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert poses quite the interesting questions regarding the future of both Tebow and Orton, not to mention Brady Quinn. In addition, they also took detailed looks at Chris Ponder, Jake Locker and Colin Kaepernick.

Obviously there is the question of whether or not this is a bit of a smoke screen. Whether to increase the intrigue and value of the second overall pick or to throw off the rest of the teams as to what the Broncos are really up to.

But what if that isn't a major factor in all this investment of time and energy? Could it possibly be that neither Kyle Orton nor Tim Tebow are solidly entrenched in the future of the Denver Broncos?

What a monumental turn of events this would be to not only the current roster, but to the fans of the Broncos. The hue and cry about one more time not drafting the critical needed defensive talent to turn around that side of the team would be heard all the way to both coasts.

Then there is that potential tsunami from the Florida Gator faithful if a new QB candidate is drafted. I shudder to think how that would turn out!

But think about this for a moment: Elway and Fox both have said that they liked what they saw in Tebow, but that he was "raw" and needed a lot of work to become a starting NFL QB on the Denver Broncos. In addition, the "Orton is our starter, for now" statement is a bit of a left-handed compliment or maybe better put as a "We got nothing better" statement.

Now we all know that this could be a ploy, either for the other teams panting over those top two or three QBs and whether or not they will be available. But might it just be that with a new regime in place and the need to start fresh with the players that the new kids on the block want to run their team, that there could be a new sheriff in town, if nothing more than to drive the competition or at least to drive up the potential value of both the second round pick but also the future trade value of Orton and Tebow.

However this bizarre chain of events turn out, we can be certain that there won't be any boring days ahead for the Denver Broncos and their fans up to and including the draft.

Brady Quinn better brush up his modeling resume, as his future as a backup NFL QB just got a lot dimmer.


Just one Bronco Fan(atic)'s opinion.