Kyle Orton Trade Rumors: Deal with Dolphins on Life Support
Over the last few days, the most oft-mentioned destination for Orton has been Miami. The Dolphins have a shaky incumbent of their own in quarterback Chad Henne. They recently came to terms with free agent quarterback Matt Moore, but few are convinced he is an upgrade.
Henne has all of the tools you want in a starting quarterback. He is tall, has a solid build and has plenty of arm strength. His issue is that he is turnover-prone.
Over his career, he has thrown 27 touchdowns and 33 interceptions.
With the running game that Miami has boasted over the last few seasons, it's easy to imagine them being much more successful if only Henne were able to keep from turning the ball over so much.
After looking at Henne's numbers, it's easy to see why they are interested in trading for Orton. He's the polar opposite of Henne. He is underwhelming in most physical aspects, but he wins games and keeps his team in most games thanks to his ability to keep possession of the ball and control the clock.
The Denver Post is reporting that the trade negotiations between the Broncos and Dolphins have reached a deadlock, though, largely thanks to all the "moving parts" in the deal:
The situation is complicated. It has “many moving parts,” a source said, explaining that Orton as late as Thursday still was contemplating the possibility that Denver could be the best place for him to spend 2011.
This story allows for a scenario where Orton tells Broncos brass that he would rather stay in Denver and battle it out with Tebow. If he gets dealt, there's no guarantee that he will be the starter there either. That's particularly true with Miami where they have an experienced quarterback who has had some success.
If Orton decides that he wants no part of a trade, the moving parts really get to moving. The choice to stay in Denver might not fall at the feet of Orton, however.
Orton is owed 8.8 million dollars this season and has not expressed an interest in restructuring his deal. The Broncos, though, need cap relief in the worst way and only have until August 4th to find it.
If the Broncos were convinced that Tebow is their guy, they could simply cut Orton before that and get the cap space they need.
If this is their course of action, the ball is again in the Miami's court. If Orton is released, they will have to battle every other team in the league for his services, but they won't have to give up a player or a draft pick in return.
As long as Orton is on the roster, the Dolphins will only be competing with the teams willing to give something up for Orton, but they will, of course, have to give something up to get him. Again, the signing of Moore makes things crowded in Miami, but I imagine interest is still there.
All the different scenarios are enough to make one's head hurt, but you won't have to be in pain long. The Broncos will have to do something by August 4th.
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