The lockout is finally over.
The avalanche that will be the 2011 free agency period is set to begin. The Broncos' new brain trust has a plan and tomorrow it kicks off with a BANG!
Kyle Orton is at this point the best QB on the Denver Broncos Roster. He's not elite, but in reality there are only three or four elite QB's in the league. Having put in his time in the NFL Orton wants to be and deserves to be a starter.
It will not be in Denver.
John Fox knows in his heart that Orton is the safest bet for Denver this year. He's a more polished and experienced passer and he knows the system. Come September none of that will matter. For Fox this year is the honeymoon. He's taken over a fixer-upper and he's got time on his side. Expectations are low and that's exactly why he will start Tebow or Quinn. He's got to find out what he's inherited from McDaniels.
It's been made clear that Orton is not the long-term answer for this franchise, and there's still hope that Tebow is that answer. Fox could very well start the season with Orton. He could be the starter for half the season, but in the back of Kyle Orton's head he knows this team is not his for the future. He knows that much like last year it's only a matter of time till he gets pulled and replaced because of the public outcry for Tebow. This is exactly why Kyle Orton is going to request to be traded.
Why would he want to stay in a city where his job security is low and his public support even lower? His stock is as high as it will rise in Denver and it's time move on. Out of respect for Orton and what he's done already, Elway needs to make this happen for him.
Elway needs draft picks and Orton needs a team without a big name rookie QB. The best choice for Orton easily becomes the Miami Dolphins. There's no fan favorite there right now. Orton might actually have support from a fanbase there. Truthfully he has a real chance to flourish in the Dolphins' run-heavy offense.
In the end it's just better for everyone if we end this fractured relationship now. Give Orton our best and send him where he wants. Usher in the Tebow or Quinn era. Hey, at least if they're terrible we can go after Luck!