Kyle Orton Trade Rumors: Latest on Broncos, Dolphins and Tim Tebow Battle

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Kyle Orton Trade Rumors: Latest on Broncos, Dolphins and Tim Tebow Battle
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Thanks to that ugly, nasty lockout being lifted last week, we saw a dizzying flurry of player movement late in the week.

Some teams, like the Philadelphia Eagles, established themselves as early favorites for the Super Bowl. Others, like the Washington Redskins, left you scratching your head.

Then you have teams like the Denver Broncos. They made headlines for moves that didn't make. Or, depending on your point of view, moves they should have made.

Namely, we're waiting on the team to figure out their crowded quarterback situation.

Denver has three quarterbacks competing for the starting job. All three are at different points of their career.

The incumbent, if you will, is Kyle Orton. Orton is a solid veteran who has quietly won games all throughout his career. Over the last two seasons, Orton has thrown 41 touchdown passes and has made a living moving the chains and not turning the ball over.

The top challenger, Tim Tebow, is the intriguing youngster. Tebow was a first-round pick in 2010. A highly decorated collegian, some worried about his skills translating to the pro game. Tebow started three games at the end of last season and had mixed results.

The darkhorse is Brady Quinn. Like Tebow, he was a very successful college quarterback. Unlike Tebow, he was viewed as a sure thing by NFL scouts. Quinn spent three up-and-down seasons in Cleveland before being shipped to Denver. He has yet to have a real shot in a Broncos uniform.

The thought is that the Broncos have to do something to clear up the quarterback situation. If they don't, they risk dividing the locker room and the quarterbacks that don't win the starting job have too much value to simply have them sit the bench.

To be specific, Orton is the quarterback to watch. While he won't blow your socks off with eye-popping stats or arm strength, Orton will win games. There's certainly a market for that and as such, expect the Broncos to spend much of their time in the preseason fielding trade offers from teams looking for quarterback help.

Or they could do nothing. Executive vice president John Elway has expressed an interest in letting the quarterbacks work things out on their own:

"Our comment from the very get-go was to let them come out and compete,"

The abbreviated timeline for player movement will force the Broncos hand. They don't have very long to figure out the direction they are going to go. One of their quarterbacks will have to take the first team reps in practice and start the preseason games.

There simply isn't time to spend all of training camp sorting out the depth chart. 

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