Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – Kyle Orton has gone from being the potential franchise savior in Denver to becoming a free agent in the span of just ten weeks in the NFL.
Orton was once the jewel the Dolphins were searching for at the quarterback position. In the mad-dash of free agency that happened for one week in August, the Miami Dolphins were reportedly trying to trade for quarterback Kyle Orton.
The Dolphins wouldn’t meet the Denver Broncos’ trade demands for Orton and nothing ever materialized from the deal. Tuesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Orton was waived by the Broncos.
Orton must now pass through waivers and if no one makes a claim on him; he’ll become an unrestricted free agent. Orton could be headed for a reunion with the Chicago Bears or heading to Houston to play for the Texans.
Both the Bears and the Texans have a glaring need at quarterback. The Texans lost quarterback Matt Schaub for the season and only have first round draft pick bust Matt Leinart on the bench.
The Bears lost Jay Cutler for several weeks and will have to turn to Caleb Hanie to hold down the fort.
Orton played well in 2010 and was on the verge of a possible long-term contract extension if he played well in 2011.
But, Orton struggled in five games with the Broncos throwing 8 touchdowns and 7 interceptions and couldn’t muster many victories and was replaced by Tim Tebow.
Orton had thrown for 41 touchdowns and 21 interceptions from 2009 to the start of the 2011 season.
The Dolphins can now sit back and enjoy the fact that it held on to its valuable draft picks and didn’t bet the farm on a quarterback that the Broncos have now thrown out with the trash.