In a late-breaking story from ESPN's Adam Schefter, displaced quarterback Kyle Orton has been waived outright by the Denver Broncos. This move relieves the Broncos from the remaining portion, $2.5 million salary and opens the door for Brady Quinn to back up starter Tim Tebow and get more repetitions in practice over the last six regular season weeks.
It also begs a couple of more questions: Does this mean a better chance for undrafted rookie and current practice squad member, Adam Weber to get a look for next year?
And maybe of even higher interest would be to see Orton go back to the Chicago Bears and start against Denver in their December 11th home game. Starter Jay Cutler broke his throwing hand thumb and had surgery, keeping him out for at least six weeks.
This could make sense in several ways. Orton knows the playbook, knows the coaching staff and is familiar with most of the players on the Bears roster.
Oh, and he knows all the inside stuff on the Denver option offense, on Tim Tebow's strengths and weaknesses and how to play the Denver defense.
Was this a request by Orton to hook on with Chicago or another team in need of a QB or was this strictly a financial and locker room issue for the Broncos?
Whatever,it sounds like a win/win for Orton and potentially the Bears. For Denver, I am not so sure.