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Breaking News: Kyle Orton Claimed off Waivers by the Kansas City Chiefs

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 06:  Kyle Orton #8 of the Denver Broncos warms up before their game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on November 6, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Ryan DuncanContributor IIINovember 23, 2011

The Kansas City Chiefs have officially claimed former Bronco quarterback Kyle Orton off of waivers. Upon his release from Denver, many began speculating on his reunion with the Chicago Bears who will be missing Jay Cutler for the foreseeable future. He never made it that far.

It was reported that three teams had made the claim for Orton including the Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, and of course the Kansas City Chiefs. 

On paper, this is a smart move for the Chiefs who have been lethargic offensively this season ranking No. 29 in scoring offense. Despite their offensive woes, they sit two games back in the AFC West. With the addition of Orton, the Chiefs could get the spark they need to make a run for the division title. Last season, Kyle Orton started just 13 games for the Broncos, but managed to put together an impressive statistical season throwing for over 3,600 yards, 20 touchdowns and only nine interceptions. 

The Chiefs recently put quarterback Matt Cassell on injured reserve, and with backup Tyler Palko at the helm, managed to put up only three points against the Patriots on Monday Night Football. 

Orton, who lost his starting job to Tim Tebow after a Week 5 loss to the San Diego Chargers, will be given the opportunity to face the Denver Broncos in Week 17. There has been much controversy regarding the Orton/Tebow debate in Denver. Now he will have his opportunity to show Broncos coach John Fox, and GM John Elway they made a mistake. 

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