NFL Rumors: Latest on Kyle Orton, Tim Tebow, Asante Samuel, Tiki Barber and More

Tom KinslowFeatured ColumnistAugust 4, 2011

DENVER - NOVEMBER 14:  Quarterback Kyle Orton #8 of the Denver Broncos makes a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first quarter at INVESCO Field at Mile High on November 14, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Even with some of the biggest free agent names off of the board, the NFL's offseason madness is far from over. We have a quarterback battle between Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow, while the Miami Dolphins foolishly wait on Brett Favre to return to the NFL. Meanwhile, established names like Tiki Barber, Malcom Floyd and Asante Samuel have all been in the news about changing destinations. 

Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow - Denver Broncos 

From the moment John Fox took over as the head man for the Denver Broncos, it seemed like Kyle Orton was on his way out of the Mile High city. Now that he has gotten to training camp, he has made it impossible to move him.

Tim Tebow, the quarterback in waiting, has failed to impress the coaching staff, while Orton has won Fox over with his strong play. Despite his performance, Orton has no idea what his future has in store for him. 

Per the Denver Post:

"I haven't been told anything," Orton said this morning after a walk-through practice. "That's how I go about it, just letting my play speak for itself on the field. I feel like I'm playing good football right now."

Orton's comments echoed statements made by coach John Fox Wednesday evening, shooting down several national media reports that Orton had been officially given the starting job over Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn.

Sooner or later, Fox needs to make a declaration about his intentions with the quarterback position, because the longer this drags on, the more damaging it will be for the team. The Broncos need to know who their leader is, and based on Tebow's shaky play, Orton is the obvious choice.

Asante Samuel - Philadelphia Eagles

The star cornerback has been the subject of trade rumors, but there hasn't been much action on that front outside of a rumor that has linked him to San Francisco and a proposed swap involving Patrick Willis.

It would be a blockbuster deal, but I don't see what it does for the 49ers, and have a hard time believing it will ever come to fruition. Samuel didn't seem too excited about his future when asked about it a couple of days ago, but his true feelings were vague.

More likely than not, he will remain in Philadelphia, where he has a great chance to win a Super Bowl.

Tiki Barber - Free Agent

The former New York Giants standout is back to the game of football after retirement and a failed stint with NBC, but hasn't found much interest in his services.

Barber worked out for the Miami Dolphins, and with the fragile Reggie Bush as the man guy in the backfield, the team could use an insurance policy in case the former Heisman Winner ends up on the injury report. The veteran running back is an unknown commodity, and his contributions will be minimal at best.

Miami should tread lightly here, because this is a signing that could blow up in its face if it relies too heavily on him.  

Malcom Floyd - Free Agent

As time goes on, the chances of Floyd returning to San Diego is slim to none.

Floyd has been pursued by multiple teams, including the Cardinals, Panthers, Ravens and 49ers. The Chargers are in still in the mix, but they're on the outside of the equation, especially when you factor in how desperate some of his suitors are.

The wide receiver is looking for a hefty payday, and with so many squads in the mix, a bidding war will break out and push him further way from Philip Rivers and the rest of his teammates.

While he won't get as much as he's looking for, Floyd will land somewhere other than San Diego.

Brett Favre- Retired?

It wouldn't be an offseason without one more ridiculous Brett Favre rumor.

With the Miami Dolphins desperate for a quarterback, the topic of Favre came up, and foolishly, head coach Tony Sporano refused to shoot it down, starting speculation about another comeback for the old gunslinger. The media loves Favre, and it would be a great story for those who cover the game, but the future Hall of Famer's agent, Bus Cook, quickly shot it down.

Per Adam Schefter's Twitter feed:

"Brett Favre's retired, that's all I can say. He's like Elvis now. People just won't let go."

Sorry Bus, but people will never let go of the gunslinger.