Denver Broncos Remain Silent at Trade Deadline, Orton and Royal Stay

Christopher SmithCorrespondent IIIOctober 18, 2011

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 25:  Kyle Orton #8 of the Denver Broncos signals to his receivers against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on September 25, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.   The Titans defeated the Broncos 17 - 14.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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NFL fans have been watching the headlines intently on Tuesday, and Denver Broncos fans have been waiting to hear who would be next to leave the lineup.

The trade deadline passed as of 2:00 p.m MT and the Broncos haven't done a thing.

After trading away their most productive wide receiver, Brandon Lloyd, to the St. Louis Rams on Monday, it was expected that Denver would also make moves to deal former starting quarterback Kyle Orton and fourth-year wide receiver Eddie Royal.

Unless there's some news that hasn't surfaced from the hundreds of sources that regularly cover the NFL at it's more exciting points, it should be safe to say that Orton and Royal will be dressed as Broncos in Week 7 against the Miami Dolphins.

It was my opinion that the Dolphins should have made a play for Orton after Matt Moore's less-than-satisfactory performance against the New York Jets on Monday, but that didn't happen.

Royal could have found a nice home on many NFL teams this week.

The Titans need to replace their star wideout, the Bears need somebody other than Devin Hester to throw to, and the Rams could easily have made a play for another Bronco considering the ridiculously low price they paid for Lloyd.

Now, after requesting a trade, Royal will need to regroup and do his best to be an effective starter for newly appointed leader Tim Tebow.

Orton on the other hand, still adjusting to the birth of his first daughter, would most likely not have enjoyed a move at this time.

However, he now remains as the new elephant-in-the-room for the Denver Broncos' locker room.

As one of the Broncos team-elected team captains, he will now be forced to ride the pine for 11 more weeks and mentor the quarterback that just took his job.

What could have easily become a star-player fire-sale for Denver has ended without excitement, and the Broncos now look forward to awarding their new starting QB with a win against the winless Dolphins this Sunday during Gator Day in Miami.