Denver Broncos Waive Kyle Orton: Tossed to the Wolves

Cedric Hopkins@FieldandCourtContributor INovember 22, 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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The Denver Broncos have released quarterback Kyle Orton, according to NFL insider Adam Schefter.  

With all of the teams suffering from injuries at quarterback, the Broncos have tossed Orton out to the wolves. One can only imagine they did so with the hopes of one of the several quarterback needy teams willing to pick up the remaining chunk of his salary.

The teams in the hunt for the playoffs, such as the Houston Texans or Chicago Bears, are the most likely candidates to grab Orton.

Other teams, however, may take an interest. 

The Miami Dolphins now have the chance to bring Orton to southern Florida, something that should've been done in the preseason. 

The Kansas City Chiefs cannot expect to compete with Tyler Palko at quarterback—backup or not. They are desperate as any team out there and could make a push for the playoffs with Orton as an addition.

The Arizona Cardinals have already made what is shaping up to be a blown call on Kevin Kolb, so they may take a look, as well. They went all the way down to Richard Bartel after pulling John Skelton this past Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers

The best landing spot for Orton is a toss-up between the Bears and Texans. Both teams have dominant running backs that can catch out of the backfield. The Texans have arguably the best wide receiver in the league with Andre Johnson, but not much else to speak of in their receiving corps. The Bears don't have a true No. 1 wideout, other than running back Matt Forte

All things considered, Orton to the Bears would pay the best dividends for all involved.